General Motors Canada Managing Director, Steve Carlisle, had quite a bit to say on when he addressed the JD Power “TalkAUTO” Conference. And, as you may guess, it had a lot to do with the inbound disruption coming to the automotive industry.
Carlisle discussed a few major pillars: autonomous, connected, shared and electrification. Each has a place in the future of GM Canada through Cruise Automation, OnStar, Maven and various EV projects like the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV.
However, he stated GM Canada will not “punch below its weight” by only relying on electric vehicles in the foreseeable future. Carlisle sees them as an important change, but also reiterated change takes time, and rapid adoption is not going to happen.
Among the pillars he spoke about, he also touched on safety and played up Teen Driver Technology, highlighting GM Canada’s commitment to younger drivers who may still need time to learn the ropes.
Carlisle’s full remarks may be found right here.