In a meeting with the Chicago Tribune's editorial board, GM's CEO Dan Akerson discussed the future of advanced vehicles, with a particular focus on fuel economy and compressed natural gas (CNG). In an auto industry hoping for a "magic bullet" and a consumer climate defined by efficiency, GM stands poised to advance its vehicle offerings. The Chicago Tribune reports:
The integration of alternative fuel drive trains adds to the challenge. The carmaker has improved gasoline engines to get better fuel economy -- the sub-subcompact Chevrolet Spark is on track to get 50 m.p.g. when it debuts for 2013 -- and Akerson, who has an engineering degree from the Naval Academy, sees compressed natural gas as a player.