A new prototype vehicle called the P.U.M.A. is turning heads on the streets of New York.

GM partnered with Segway to create a two-person battery powered pod. The Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility, or PUMA, will cost one-third the price of a typical car and only 35 cents to recharge. The new innovation comes at a time when GM is struggling in the recession.

NBC’s Today Show features the inventors, who explain their vision.

“It’s a Segway for two? Right a Segway for two, what we’re trying to do is reinvent the automobile. Changing the way we act in cities and interact in cities.” (NBC)

FOX News is skeptical of the vehicle, whose top speed is only 35 miles an hour.

“Patty you said you’re not going to drive this on the highway, that’s why it’s called the personal mobility machine. Right, I mean that’s my whole point – you know, in the city you can walk.” (FOX News)

BBC features the opinion of one auto blogger, who says GM is trying too hard.

“The idea that GM would hold a special, extra press conference right before the auto show even starts to show off this vehicle, which isn’t even a car—you know it’s the New York Auto Show—is pretty astonishing, with so much up in the air about GM and its financial future. A 100 year-old company, trying to stay relevant.” (BBC)

ABC News looks down the road for the future of this investment.

“It could be four years before a PUMA ever hits the road, but it’s living proof that struggling auto makers are still in the business of making dreams.” (ABC News)

Do you think the PUMA is a worthwhile investment for GM? Will it be successful? Tell us what you think at Newsy.com.

PUMA Balances Function and Future

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Apr 8, 2009

PUMA Balances Function and Future

A new prototype vehicle called the P.U.M.A. is turning heads on the streets of New York.

GM partnered with Segway to create a two-person battery powered pod. The Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility, or PUMA, will cost one-third the price of a typical car and only 35 cents to recharge. The new innovation comes at a time when GM is struggling in the recession.

NBC’s Today Show features the inventors, who explain their vision.

“It’s a Segway for two? Right a Segway for two, what we’re trying to do is reinvent the automobile. Changing the way we act in cities and interact in cities.” (NBC)

FOX News is skeptical of the vehicle, whose top speed is only 35 miles an hour.

“Patty you said you’re not going to drive this on the highway, that’s why it’s called the personal mobility machine. Right, I mean that’s my whole point – you know, in the city you can walk.” (FOX News)

BBC features the opinion of one auto blogger, who says GM is trying too hard.

“The idea that GM would hold a special, extra press conference right before the auto show even starts to show off this vehicle, which isn’t even a car—you know it’s the New York Auto Show—is pretty astonishing, with so much up in the air about GM and its financial future. A 100 year-old company, trying to stay relevant.” (BBC)

ABC News looks down the road for the future of this investment.

“It could be four years before a PUMA ever hits the road, but it’s living proof that struggling auto makers are still in the business of making dreams.” (ABC News)

Do you think the PUMA is a worthwhile investment for GM? Will it be successful? Tell us what you think at Newsy.com.
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