FACTOID # 23: Wisconsin has more metal fabricators per capita than any other state.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > GM W platform
W-body
AKA: GM10
Manufacturer: General Motors
Production: 1988
Predecessor: G-body
Successor:
Class: Midsize car
Body style: 4-door sedan
2-door coupe
Layout: FF layout
Engine: 2.3 L Quad-4 I4
2.8 L 2800 V6
3.1 L 3100 V6
3.8 L 3800 V6
Transmission: 4-speed 4T60 automatic
Front suspension: coil spring
Rear suspension: transverse leaf spring
coil spring
Wheelbase: 107.5 in (2730 mm)
109.0 in (2769 mm)
110.5 in (2807 mm)
Related:
Vehicles: Buick Century
Buick LaCrosse
Buick Regal
Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet Lumina
Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Oldsmobile Intrigue
Pontiac Grand Prix

The W-body is a automobile platform from General Motors which underpins midsize cars with front wheel drive. The platform debuted as the GM10 program in 1988 with the Pontiac Grand Prix, the Buick Regal, and the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme coupes. Sedans followed in 1989. The later revision of this platform was known as the MS2000 or simply the W2-Car. Early versions used a fiberglass monoleaf spring in the rear, while second generation cars and the 1995 and up Lumina use a fully independent suspension front and rear with coil springs. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of cars. ... General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), also known as GM, is a United States-based automobile maker with worldwide operations and brands including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saturn, Saab and Vauxhall. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII in Roman) was a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The General Motors G platform (also called G-Body) automobile platform name was used twice. ... Car classification is a somewhat subjective subject, as many vehicles fall between classes or even outside all of them. ... A mid-size car, frequently referred to as an intermediate, is an automobile with a size between that of a compact and a full-size or standard-size car. ... This article is about the type of car. ... 1995 Buick Riviera coupe A coupé (from the French for cut) or coupe is a two or four-seater car with a fixed roof and two doors. ... In automobile design, an FF, or Front-engine, Front wheel drive, layout places both the engine and driven wheels at the front of the vehicle. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Internal combustion engine. ... The Quad 4 (called Twin Cam after 1995) was a DOHC straight-4 automobile engine produced by General Motors Oldsmobile division in the 1990s. ... The straight-4 or inline-4 is an internal combustion engine with four cylinders aligned in one row. ... The General Motors 60° V6 family of engines engines began with the 1978 Buick 3. ... The Ford Essex V6 engine A V6 is an internal combustion piston engine with six cylinders in a V configuration. ... The General Motors 60° V6 family of engines engines began with the 1978 Buick 3. ... The Ford Essex V6 engine A V6 is an internal combustion piston engine with six cylinders in a V configuration. ... The 3800 family is a large V6 engine used by General Motors. ... The Ford Essex V6 engine A V6 is an internal combustion piston engine with six cylinders in a V configuration. ... In mechanics, a transmission or gearbox is the gear and/or hydraulic system that transmits mechanical power from a prime mover (which can be an engine or electric motor), to some form of useful output device. ... The Turbo-Hydramatic 125 was the first in a line of automatic transmissions from General Motors designed for transverse engine application. ... An automatic transmission is an automobile gearbox that can change gear ratios automatically as the car or truck moves, thus freeing the driver from having to shift gears manually. ... The front suspension components of a Ford Model T. Suspension is the term given to the system of springs, shock absorbers and linkages that connects a vehicle to its wheels. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The front suspension components of a Ford Model T. Suspension is the term given to the system of springs, shock absorbers and linkages that connects a vehicle to its wheels. ... A leaf spring is a simple form of spring, commonly used for the suspension in wheeled vehicles. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... In both road and rail vehicles, the wheelbase is the distance between the center of the front and rear wheels. ... Century is a model name used by Buick numerous times over a period of nearly 70 years. ... The Buick LaCrosse is a Buick automobile model introduced in the United States for the 2005 model year. ... The Buick Regal was a mid-sized automobile produced by Buick in the United States between the 1973 and 2004 model years. ... The neutrality of this article is disputed. ... 2002 Chevrolet Lumina SS coupe (Based on the Holden Monaro) imported from Australia The Chevrolet Lumina sedan and minivan were introduced in 1989 for the 1990 model year as a new range of vehicles from Chevrolet. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was an intermediate-size car produced by General Motors for the American market. ... The Oldsmobile Intrigue was a midsize sedan manufactured from 1998 through 2002 by Oldsmobile. ... The Grand Prix name has been used on large Pontiac automobiles since 1962. ... An automobile platform is a shared set of components common to a number of different automobiles. ... General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), also known as GM, is a United States-based automobile maker with worldwide operations and brands including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saturn, Saab and Vauxhall. ... A mid-size car, frequently referred to as an intermediate, is an automobile with a size between that of a compact and a full-size or standard-size car. ... Front wheel drive is the most common form of engine/transmission layout used in modern passenger cars, where the engine drives the front wheels. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII in Roman) was a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Grand Prix name has been used on large Pontiac automobiles since 1962. ... The Buick Regal was a mid-sized automobile produced by Buick in the United States between the 1973 and 2004 model years. ... The Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was an intermediate-size car produced by General Motors for the American market. ... 1995 Buick Riviera coupe A coupé (from the French for cut) or coupe is a two or four-seater car with a fixed roof and two doors. ... A Ford Taurus, a recognizable sedan. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX in Roman) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An Independent Suspension is an automobile suspension system that allows the wheels on an axle to move independent of each other. ...


Vehicles using the W-body include:

The Buick Regal was a mid-sized automobile produced by Buick in the United States between the 1973 and 2004 model years. ... The Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was an intermediate-size car produced by General Motors for the American market. ... The Grand Prix name has been used on large Pontiac automobiles since 1962. ... 2002 Chevrolet Lumina SS coupe (Based on the Holden Monaro) imported from Australia The Chevrolet Lumina sedan and minivan were introduced in 1989 for the 1990 model year as a new range of vehicles from Chevrolet. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Century is a model name used by Buick numerous times over a period of nearly 70 years. ... The Buick Regal was a mid-sized automobile produced by Buick in the United States between the 1973 and 2004 model years. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Oldsmobile Intrigue was a midsize sedan manufactured from 1998 through 2002 by Oldsmobile. ... The neutrality of this article is disputed. ... The Grand Prix name has been used on large Pontiac automobiles since 1962. ...

2004

The W platform was updated in 2004 rather than being replaced by a planned stretched Epsilon platform. The cars are built at GM's two Oshawa, Ontario plants. The transverse use of GM's small-block engine in the W-bodies was a major addition for 2005. Epsilon is General Motors new mid-size front wheel drive automobile platform. ... Oshawa (2004 population 150,000, metropolitan population 296,298) is a city on Lake Ontario located 56 kilometres east of downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... A transverse engine is an engine in which the crankshaft is oriented side-to-side relative to the wheels of the vehicle. ... The LS is Generation III and Generation IV, the latest evolution of General Motors line of small-block V8 engines. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The future of both the platform and cars built off of it are in flux, though current rumors suggest a switch to a version of GM's Lambda crossover SUV platform called Chi. Lambda is General Motors future minivan/sport wagon automobile platform. ... A crossover SUV or XUV is an automobile with a sport utility vehicle appearance but is built upon a more economical and fuel-efficient car-based platform. ... Lambda is General Motors future minivan/sport wagon automobile platform. ...


Vehicles using the updated W platform:

When the Oshawa plant closes in 2008, GM's W platform will reportedly cease production, being replaced by the GM Zeta platform. The Grand Prix name has been used on large Pontiac automobiles since 1962. ... The Buick LaCrosse is a Buick automobile model introduced in the United States for the 2005 model year. ... The Buick LaCrosse is a Buick automobile model introduced in the United States for the 2005 model year. ... The neutrality of this article is disputed. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will a Leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Zeta is General Motors new midsize rear wheel drive automobile platform. ...


External links

  • W-Body.com
  • Club GM Quebec

  Results from FactBites:
 
Buick Regal at AllExperts (2215 words)
A new Regal appeared in 1988 on the GM W platform.
In 1997, the Century and the Regal simply became versions of the same car, sitting on a revised W platform that was shared with the Oldsmobile Intrigue, the Pontiac Grand Prix, and the Chevrolet Impala.
The Regal was the fourth model chosen to be assembled in China by GM Shanghai, beginning on December 26, 2002, after the Century, GL8 minivan, and the Sail.
Web Trends - General Motors as David: Slaying Goliath’s Smear (906 words)
GM’s response was not only solid enough to overpower Friedman’s insinuations, but smooth enough in its delivery to educate me about what GM is up to.
I suppose GM felt that if I was there to dig up dirt (and I was), I might as well read up on GM’s stance in alternative fuels and hybrid cars (and I did, interesting stuff).
Again, in an earlier age, GM would have had to sit there and take it, as a columnist of Friedman’s stature could move on to his next piece largely unaffected by the flap he caused.
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m