Steane Klose | Jan 4, 2008

In an effort to connect a little more with the average Joe, General Motors in the States is marking its 100th anniversary by “reaching out”, in the form of an online forum. Dubbed “GMnext” the forums goal is to promote discussion regarding future transportation ideas and aside from making you feel all warm and fuzzy, give GM an idea of exactly what the consumer wants to see in the future.

Consumers will be able to pose questions to GM officials regarding next-generation designs, how to make personal transportation more sustainable and the auto industry’s role in developing markets.

"We're starting our second century at a time of fundamental change in the auto industry. We'll use GMnext to introduce some of our ideas for addressing critical issues concerning energy, the environment and globalization. In the process, we also hope to spark a broader, global discussion on these important topics," said GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner.

The GMnext site will also host dialogues between consumers and auto designers as well as featuring opinions and insights from traditional and social media outlets. GMnext should be up and running later this month and will get the ball rolling with a series of GMnext-themed activities. To initiate that dialogue, GMnext will spotlight GM's introduction of next-generation vehicles and technologies, including new applications of the E-Flex drive system and continued work on GM's line of Plug-In and Two-Mode hybrids.

Starting in September 2008 GM will be launching their “GMnext Days”, a week-long global project that will highlight the manufacturers first 100 years in business and its future plans.

Click here to visit the GMnext site.

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