01-10-2008, 10:47 PM
Join Date: May 2000
Location: North America
2004 VUE 2.2L
2007 ION-3 Sedan
General Motors' 10 most significant cars
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"General Motors' 10 most significant cars"
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Back when cars were started with a crank -- and arms were broken in the process - this Cadillac became the first one equipped with an electric self starter.
2 of 10
Early cars were assembled from engineering parts without any thought as to how they looked. GM hired stylist Harley Earle from Hollywood and he actually designed them, starting with the LaSalle.
3 of 10
The first production car with a fiberglass body and first American sports car. The latest model, a 620-horsepower monster nicknamed "Blue Devil," was inspired by Duke grad CEO Rick Wagoner.
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With a peppy 265-cubic-inch V-8 and fresh streamlined styling, it created a new identity for this mainstream brand. More than 1.7 million Bel Airs and other models were sold the first year, making Chevy as American as baseball and apple pie.
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An innovative air-cooled, rear-engine car introduced to compete with Volkswagen's Beetle, the Corvair was attacked by Ralph Nader for its unstable rear suspension. It was discontinued in 1969, the first of several failed efforts at new technology.
6 of 10
By dropping a 389-cubic-inch engine into a plain ordinary Tempest, engineer John Z. DeLorean created the first muscle car, exciting teenagers across the country and spawning a lot of bad popular music.
7 of 10
Another GM effort to compete with the imports, Saturn represented a fresh start free of old encumbrances. Later it became a corporate orphan and languished for a decade until revived with products designed by Germany's Opel.
8 of 10
The first production battery electric car in decades, it was launched with great fanfare. GM learned a lot about electronics that it applied to later models. But the two-seat car was costly to build and its range was impractically limited; GM cancelled it in 2003.
9 of 10
Chevrolet Tahoe gas electric hybrid
The first rear-drive sport utility with a battery-powered motor, the beefy Tahoe gets the same city mileage as a small passenger car.
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Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid
GM's latest try at the electric car, the Volt has batteries that can be recharged at home and a small gasoline engine to use as an emergency backup. It may represent the alternative fuel future until fuel cells reach production.
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