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GM Mobility Innovation to Improve People's Lives…A Consumer Trend Story

"The Sit-N-Lift Power Seat"

The Senior Market is booming….There are more than 80-million people 50 years or older in the U.S. and this market is expected to increase to 116 million by 2020.  Those 50 and older expect to stay active and independent.

GM is taking the lead role in keeping this segment active by being the first manufacturer in this country to offer the Sit-N-Lift Power Seat as a regular production accessory, through dealerships, on select GM vans to help Seniors and people with disabilities, stay on the move.

The Sit-N-Lift program offers:

bulletConvenient one-stop shopping
bulletIs covered by a 3-year/36,000 mile GM New Vehicle Limited Warranty
bulletGM financing and leasing options for qualified buyers.

The Sit-N-Lift power seat provides convenient access to the right-hand second row seat…operated by a handheld remote.

The accessory is designed to assist:

bulletPeople with disabilities

Visit... gmmobility.com  to see an interactive demonstration of the Sit-N-Lift power seat.





GM's New Sit-N-LiftTM Power Seat
Makes Life Easier For Seniors, People With Disabilities & Caregivers

Detroit - General Motors has developed the innovative Sit-N-LiftTM power seat that makes it easier to enter and exit GM's midsize vans. Available as of today on select Chevrolet Venture, Pontiac Montana and Oldsmobile Silhouette mini-vans, this new option strengthens GM's commitment to providing transportation solutions for seniors, people with disabilities and caregivers.

The Sit-N-LiftTM power seat makes GM the only automotive manufacturer in the U.S. to offer a fully motorized, rotating lift-and-lower passenger seat. Because GM offers the feature as a regular production accessory, installed at a dealership, the price of the option is included in the sticker price of the vehicle. This allows for convenient one-stop shopping for customers and provides customers with outstanding warranty coverage through GM's 3-year/36,000 mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty.

"With approximately 80 million people over the age of 50 and more than 50 million Americans with some form of disability, we think the Sit-N-LiftTM seat can help a lot of people stay on the move," said Jim Kornas, Director of Mobility Product Development. "As people age, things can become more difficult. Arthritis, a sore back, or physical needs necessitate that vehicles have to be more flexible and accommodating.

A feature like Sit-N-Lift allows a wide range of people to be part of the vehicle experience, able to get out and about and stay as independent as possible. And for caregivers, the Sit-N-Lift power seat is not only a convenience, it's also a safety feature that can help prevent them from getting injured while assisting or lifting their passenger into the vehicle"

More about Sit-N-Lift
Feature price $4,590 when ordered in a new vehicle
Fully powered seat that provides convenient access to the right hand second-row seat
The seat is operated by a handheld remote control that rotates the power bucket seat, which then extends out of the vehicle and lowers for easier entry/exit
Lift capacity up to 300 pounds
Includes a slide-out footrest
Seat can lower to approximately 17 inches seat bottom to ground
Will be available in next generation GM Crossover Sport Vans available in model year 2005
Select 2001 model year and later GM minivans may be retrofitted
Can be transferred into the next generation GM Crossover Sport Vans

Kornas concluded, "We think this is a huge win for General Motors and the industry. A feature like Sit-N-Lift raises the bar for all manufacturers to develop solutions to accommodate this diverse population."

More information on Sit-N-Lift and GM Mobility is available at gmmobility.com 

General Motors (NYSE: GM), the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, designs, builds and markets cars and trucks worldwide, and has been the global automotive sales leader since 1931. GM employs about 341,000 people around the world. GM cars and trucks are sold under the following brands: Chevrolet, Pontiac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, GMC, Saturn, Hummer, Saab, Opel, Vauxhall and Holden. GM parts and
accessories are marketed under the GM, GM Goodwrench and ACDelco brands through GM Service and Parts Operations. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com 

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