GM Hybrid Cars: A Holistic Lineup
GM produces hybrid vehicles as part of its strategy to improve fuel economy and minimize emissions. Its hybrid line covers cars, SUVs, pick-ups, and even transit buses. Already plans are afoot to develop at least a dozen hybrid models.
General Motors began tinkering with hybrid technology in 2003 when it first introduced hybrid mass transit buses. Starting with those high-consumption vehicles, it moved on to hybrid pickup trucks in 2004. Several more types of GM hybrid cars are expected to be ushered in by GM in the coming years.
The array covers small to large, low-consumption to high-consumption vehicles. In 2007 there is the Saturn Vue Green Line hybrid. Altogether they come with different hybrid systems that vary in fuel economy ability, costs, and other features that allow the consumer top choices.
The GM hybrid cars are a holistic line of SUVs, full size SUVs, pick-up trucks, and transit buses. There is the Saturn VUE Green Line SUV, the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid full size SUV, the GMC Yukon Hybrid, another full size SUV, the GMC Sierra Hybrid Truck, the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid Truck, and the GM Hybrid bus.
The Whole Spectrum of Hybrids
The wide array of hybrid vehicles will be the broadest in the industry. According to GM, this has been implemented through three distinct hybrid propulsion systems varying in fuel economy, savings, and costs.
Almost five years ago, GM first introduced in 2003 the GM Allison two-mode hybrid system which was used for transit buses. This provided great fuel economy, lower waste emissions, great power and acceleration compared to diesel buses, and low-noise emissions comparable to cars. The transit bus hybrid system is already present in more than 25 American and Canadian cities. GM hopes to go global pretty soon in its mass transit buses hybrid roll-out.
Then it downsized literally after a year. In 2004, GM gave the world its first full-size hybrid pick-up truck, delivering yet again improved fuel economy plus auxiliary power features for operating power and other devices. These hybrid pickups were the Chevy Silverado and the GMC Sierra.
Not about to be stopped, GM went and introduced again in 2006 the Saturn VUE Greenline Hybrid, again a very good fuel-saver, and one of the most affordable hybrids at that too.
This year 2007, GM will innovate again by introducing the two-mode hybrid in full-size SUVs, the Tahoe and the Yukon. There are also plans to come out with another GM hybrid car in the Chevrolet Malibu this year.
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