June 13, 2007

General Motors announces Boss Kettering awards


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Detroit, Michigan – General Motors has announced that 68 winners from 13 teams will be recognized with the annual “Boss” Kettering awards, among GM’s most prestigious engineering achievements. The awards will be given at a ceremony later this month at the GM Heritage Center.

The awards, GM’s highest internal recognition for technical innovation, are named for Charles F. “Boss” Kettering, the first head of GM’s Research and Development Laboratories, and originator of more than 140 patents. The awards were originated in 1976, on Kettering’s 100th birthday; they honour individuals worldwide.

This year’s winners include a belt-alternator-starter tensioner design, which ensures proper belt tension in all hybrid operating modes; the modular Cargo Management System on full-size pickup trucks; a 170-degree rear door on extended-cab pickup trucks; an airbag attachment system with cost-saving clips; and OnStar Vehicle Diagnostic system.

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