News of November 16, 1999
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Motors Corp. Statement Regarding Future Plans For The Chevrolet Camaro And Pontiac
2000 Chevrolet Camaro
2000 Pontiac Firebird
|Nov. 12, 1999 - While as a policy General Motors Corp. does
not publicly discuss its long-term future product plans, recent reports of the Chevrolet
Camaro and Pontiac Firebird's pending demise are inaccurate.
GM has stated previously
that the company is committed to continue operation of the Ste. Therese, Quebec, plant
through the term of the current Canadian Auto
Workers contract that expires in fall 2002.
At this time, no product has been assigned to the plant after that date, but GM
continues to study possible options. Nothing has changed concerning GM's production plans
for the Camaro and Firebird.
In fact, special editions of the Camaro and Firebird are in development for the 2002
|King at TH!NK Rollout
Majesty King Harald V of Norway disconnects a TH!NK City car from a simulated charging
station Friday, Nov. 12, 99, in Aurskog, Norway, to mark the official opening of the plant
where the battery-powered urban cars will be made. The TH!NK Car is Norway's first
Photo: Tracy Baker
CITY: New Name Plugged In For Urban Car
|Aurskog, NORWAY - Nov. 12, 1999 - Norway's first mass-produced
vehicle will have a new name as production vehicles today begin rolling off the line.
"TH!NK City" is the new nameplate for the battery-powered electric vehicle that
has been specially created for fleet and individual customers looking for urban
"TH!NK City is compact, easy to maneuver, and it fits
well into tight parking spaces and congested roads alike - without producing any
emissions," said Per A. Lilleng, president of TH!NK Nordic AS. "This is an ideal
city car - and we want to make sure people start thinking about that as soon as they hear
the name." Pre-production versions of the car had been called TH!NK, an offshoot of
its manufacturer TH!NK Nordic AS, which is an enterprise of Ford Motor Company. The
company today begins producing salable units at its factory approximately 60 kilometres
outside of Oslo. TH!NK City is a purpose-built two-seater, powered by a liquid-cooled
three-phase alternating current-induction motor. This zero-emissions city runabout boasts
a 0 to 50 kph time of 7 seconds and a top speed of 90 kph.
The motor is fuelled by electricity generated by TH!NK City's nickel cadmium (NiCd)
batteries. Nineteen NiCd modules, which also are water-cooled for maximum performance,
generate roughly 11.5 kilowatt hours of energy.
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