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GM'S 'IMPACT' SHOW CAR AND NEW PRE-PRODUCTION ELECTRIC VEHICLE LEAD THE 104th TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE

 DETROIT, Dec. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Rose Parade watchers will be treated to their first look at General Motors' (NYSE: GM) newest electric vehicle on Jan. 1, 1993. That's when GM's all-new pre- production electric vehicle, along with the "Impact" show car, will lead the 104th Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, Calif., as the official pace cars.
 The pre-production electric vehicle is a customer-oriented version of the sleek two-seater "Impact" that debuted at the 1990 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new vehicle features all the safety, comfort and convenience of a gasoline-powered automobile.
 "The Tournament of Roses is extremely pleased to have 'Impact' and its production twin leading the parade," said Gary K. Hayward, president of the Tournament of Roses. "Both vehicles are remarkable, exciting additions to this year's event."
 Kenneth R. Baker, manager of GM Electric Vehicles, said, "General Motors is honored to lead the Rose Parade with our advanced electric vehicle technology. Our team has been working non-stop for two years to get 'Impact' ready to put into customer hands, and we're thrilled that our new vehicle is making its debut in this event."
 The "Impact" and the pre-production car demonstrate the latest advances in electric vehicle motor design, electronics, structural materials, tires and batteries. Both vehicles have a useful range of 100 miles -- more than three times the distance an average commuter travels -- and an acceleration of 0-60 mph in eight seconds.
 Regenerative braking adds range to both vehicles by turning the motors into generators. Each time the brakes are used, energy is converted to electricity and sent back to the battery pack, improving the range in stop-and-go driving.
 The pre-production vehicle, however, differs from "Impact" in some ways, and is an even faster, more reliable car.
 Differences "Under the Hood"
 Impact 3, as the pre-production vehicle is called, includes a single, high-horsepower motor, an improved battery pack, and more advanced and reliable power-switching technology.
 To recharge, the "Impact" had a traditional socket on the side of the car, while the pre-production vehicle uses an inductive charging system created by GM's Hughes Power Control Systems that permits charging under any weather conditions without the risk of electric shock.
 Impact 3 differs from "Impact" in its body design and styling. The pre-production car has a higher ground clearance and its roof was raised to provide easier entry and more comfortable ride.
 A push of a button starts the pre-production vehicle. A selector, similar to an automatic transmission shift lever, puts the car in forward or reverse, and an accelerator pedal controls the vehicle's speed and acceleration.
 For comfort and convenience, the pre-production vehicle features power windows, door locks and side mirrors, dual air bags, cruise control, AM/FM stereo cassette radio with CD player and electrohydraulic power steering.
 GM Electric Vehicles is headquartered at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Mich. Design, engineering, manufacturing and marketing personnel have been working to mass produce the electric vehicle by the late-1990s. In 1993, GM will produce up to 50 electric vehicles based on the two-seater "Impact" and provide the vehicles to individual customers to obtain usage data. Batteries for the production vehicle will be built by Delco Remy at the Muncie, Ind., plant. Motors for the vehicle will be built at Delco Remy's Anderson, Ind., plant. The electronics and charging systems will be built by Hughes Power Control Systems in Torrance, Calif.
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 /CONTACT: Wendy Makowski or Mike De Villing of Eisbrenner & Co. Public Relations, 313-641-1446, for GM Electric Vehicles/
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