Tweet-In Reveals More GM Concepts

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Select media, Twitterati and fanboys are taking in the very best of GM hype today at a “tweet-but-don’t-photograph” event. But 140-character messages of hope, renewal and awesome are a bit thin to draw real conclusions from. Not that such semantics stop the faithful from trying. Apparently GM has an ATS concept, based on the mythical Alpha RWD platform. Because GM needs a “real” 3 series fighter in addition to an Epsilon II Buick fighter. Speaking of which, the Epsi II-based Riviera Concept is being teased, as is a Malibu refresh. Between the new concepts and Bob Lutz’s admission that GM’s interiors once resembled “solidified lava,” the twits become downright effusive. “I am bathing in future,” tweets one. But it’s the future of car shows, not showrooms (with the exception of some drooling over the Malibu refresh and it’s allegedly touch-friendly interior). And we already knew that GM can make pretty concepts.

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  • Captain Tungsten Captain Tungsten on Aug 10, 2009

    Careful calling Alpha ain't.

  • Seanx37 Seanx37 on Aug 11, 2009

    GM doesn't need a 3 series fighter. They need a Honda Civic and Toyota Prius fighter. Small, economic WELL-BUILT cars. That they can try to build a new generation of buyers with. Since they lost the last few. And maybe a sports car that younger people can afford. Oh wait, they just killed those.

  • Sutski Sutski on Aug 11, 2009

    Idiots, Idiots, IDIOTS. Like I have said before, and also in my report of the Geneva Motor Show, there is absolutely NO POINT in showing make-believe electric cars that are still 3 or 4 years away from reality. It makes people think, "right, I will wait for one of those beauts then" rather than buying current models and keeping the industry alive. I am sure people stopped buying when Obama announced C4C 3 months before it happened, and I am sure this also has the same effect, but for longer !!

  • Psarhjinian Psarhjinian on Aug 11, 2009
    “I am bathing in future,” Yes, you are. The ever-just-around-the-corner that's been GM's future for the past quarter-century, where the renaissance product that's so far ahead of the competition will finally emerge. Of course, this ignores that time doesn't stand still for GM's competition, either (you think BMW will leave the 3-Series to rot?!) and that all this masturbatory material doesn't change the fact that the Aveo, for example, still represents what GM thinks of the mass market. I can't believe people still fall for this kind of thing. Remember the HyWire, Sequel and Sixteen? GM was giving it's fans something to wank over back then, when the Cobalt, Aveo and such were what was really on-deck and we were still subject to the Cavalier.