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Chinese Couple Get Prison Sentence for Stealing GM Hybrid Tech

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An ex-General Motors engineer and her husband have been sentenced to prison after being convicted of stealing the American automaker’s hybrid technology for potential use in China.

Shanshan Du, 54, was given a one year sentence, while husband Yu Qin, 52, received a three-year term.

According to prosecutors, the couple intended to provide the technology trade secrets — said to be worth at least $40 million — to China’s Chery Automobile, but it is believed that it never switched hands.

says General Motors sought the maximum prison sentence of 10 years for the two, but U.S. District Judge Marianne Battani cited Du’s health problems and the seven-year time lapse between the couple’s arrest and sentencing for the lenient prison terms.

Both Du and Qin were emotional, with Quin stating “This is all my fault. I want to take full responsibility. I want to apologize to the court for all the trouble I caused.”

“This crime, though not a crime of physical harm … is a crime in which our whole community and whole economic system is a victim,” Battani said.

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GM’s ‘Buckle To Drive’ Lock System Forces Driver To Wear Seatbelt

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The system prevents the vehicle from shifting into gear if the driver seatbelt is not secured.

General Motors has added a new ‘Buckle to Drive’ feature to its growing range of teen-driver safety technologies.

Called Buckle to Drive, the industry-first system is so simple that we’re surprised it tool so long for it to become mainstream. As a more strict and more effective seatbelt enforcement method than an annoying chime and reminder lights, it does not allow the driver to shift out of park for 20 seconds if his or her seatbelt isn’t secured.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States and teens have the lowest rates of seat belt use compared with other age groups.

When GM ‘s researchers piloted the new feature on a select number of fleet vehicles, seat belt usage among adults increased 16 percent over the regular audible chime.

The technology will launch in the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse before rolling to other new GM vehicles. It must be activated via vehicle’s Teen Driver mode.

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2020 Chevy Camaro SS Gets Concept Styling Update, New V8 Package

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A better design and a great sports car deal are what you are getting.

General Motors has made several changes to 2020 Chevrolet Camaro lineup, most notable of which are a styling upgrade for the Camaro SS and the introduction of a more affordable V8 package.

The new Camaro SS front end is inspired by the Shock concept that debuted at the 2018 SEMA Show, featuring a repositioned bowtie emblem in the upper grille and a body-color bar between the upper and lower grilles. These design chances should help quell the complaints many people had with refresh from the 2019 model.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the 2020 Camaro and 2019 Camaro designs. Which one do you think looks better?

“Customers spoke, and we listened,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet passenger car and crossover marketing. “The overwhelmingly positive reaction to the Shock’s stylized design helped prompt its transition from concept to production.”

Buyers short on money can now buy a new Camaro LT1 model that combines the content and design of the Camaro LT and Camaro SS. It is powered by the 455-horsepower LT1 V8 and has a starting price of $34,995 (including freight) in the United States, making it the cheapest V8-equipped Camaro.

That’s right, you can get a 455-horsepower sports car for under $35,000.

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2020 Chevrolet Camaro SS

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2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1

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2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1

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GM Is Working On Electric Truck To Rival Ford, Rivian And Tesla

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The pickup truck segment is gearing up to enter the electric era, and GM wants to be at the forefront.

Not to be outdone by cross-town rival Ford, which intends to build an electric version of its best-selling F-150 pickup truck, General Motors has announced that it too has plans for a full-size electric pickup.

GM CEO Mary Barra broke the news on a conference call with investors but fell short of providing any other details, such as a time frame.

“GM has an industry-leading truck franchise and industry-leading electrification capabilities. I assure you we will not cede our leadership on either front,” Barra stated. “We intend to create an all-electric future that includes a complete range of EVs — including full-size pickups.

Barra’s announcement follows shortly after GM ended talks with up-start electric vehicle maker Rivian, which chose instead to forge a partnership with Ford. Rivian will build at least one electric vehicle for the Dearborn automaker as part of their $500 million agreement.

Not only will GM’s electric truck compete with the electric F-150, but it must also contend with the Rivian R1T and Tesla’s electric truck, both of which could arrive in a few years.

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