The current crisis in the auto industry has claimed yet another victim. Citing a need to focus more directly on core products, General Motors has placed its High Performance Vehicle Operations (HPVO) group on an immediate and indefinite hiatus. GM says that approximately 60 HPVO engineers are being reassigned to other teams that will be working on high-volume vehicle development programs for the
Chevrolet and Pontiac divisions that will constitute the revised General Motors stable in the years ahead. They'll also be involved in programs related to enhancing fuel efficiency and accelerating various advanced propulsion projects. In the past, GM's in-house go-fast group has been tasked with creating the likes of the Cobalt SS, HHR SS, Cadillac CTS-V and Pontiac G8 GXP. About the only good news for enthusiasts is that the current products will carry on unchanged -- including the upcoming Camaro SS. Although the future of the HPVO group looks bleak, GM has conceded that it could be reassembled at some point once the organization returned to profitability. Sadly, that's not likely to happen any time soon.