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News of  November 28, 2001


Hans Demant Named General Motors Europe Vice President, Engineering Frank L. Colvin Named To New Fuel Cell Activities Post

Zurich/Rüsselsheim - General Motors Europe named Hans Demant (51) its Vice President, Engineering, effective December 1, 2001. In that capacity, Demant will be responsible for coordinating all engineering activities of GM and its brands in Europe. In addition, he will retain his current responsibility as head of Opel's International Technical Development Center in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and member of the Management Board of Adam Opel AG, a position he has held since June 1999.

Hans Demant

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Prior to that, Demant had been Opel's Vehicle Line Executive for small cars since 1997, which specifically included responsibility for the company's successful Corsa and Agila models. Demant had already been project manager for the entire line-up of earlier Corsa generations. Subsequently, he was a staff engineer for concept development and advanced engineering since 1994. He led the development of the Opel MAXX concept car which has been a learning platform with its innovative vehicle structure and flexibility, and of which technology elements have and will be implemented in current and future Opel vehicles.

Hans Demant is a German national and has a Master's degree in Engineering from the Darmstadt Technical University. He started to work for Adam Opel AG in the product development area in 1979.

In his new position, Demant succeeds Frank L. Colvin (59) who was appointed Vice President, General Motors Corporation, Fuel Cell Activities, based at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, USA. In that capacity, he will continue to lead GM's Global Alternative Propulsion Center (GAPC) with its units in the United States (Warren, MI; Rochester, NY) and Germany (Mainz-Kastel). The GAPC in Mainz-Kastel focuses particularly on research and development of fuel cell applications for vehicles. GM and Opel, who are among the leading automotive companies with respect to fuel cell applications, presented the "HydroGen3," the latest generation Opel Zafira fuel cell vehicle, at the recent International Frankfurt Motor Show. The "HydroGen3" marks another milestone towards volume production as the vehicle was improved to allow optimum packaging of the individual fuel cell components. GM's fuel cell laboratories in Warren, Michigan, and Rochester, NY, drive research and applications of fuel cell components; alternative fuel processors for fuel cell applications; and fuel storage technologies. GM's fuel cell research also includes alternative energy supply systems, with recent announcements of collaborative research agreements with several energy companies and strategic partnerships to accelerate the development of fuel cell technology into global commercial markets.

Commenting on the moves, General Motors Europe President Michael J. Burns said: "Hans Demant has proven capabilities in leading Opel's International Technical Development Center. We are excited about utilizing his expertise in coordinating GM's Engineering activities across Europe, while he will continue to focus primarily on the Opel / Vauxhall brand."

(November 27, 2001)

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