• Aug 25, 2005

I happened to run across a press release from GM that went live just this morning detailing the General's plan to offer three different types of hybrids by 2007. The first is the parallel hybrid system already offered in the Silverado and Sierra full-size pickups that shuts down and restarts the engine at stoplights, as well as acts as a generator with four auxiliary power outlets. The second is the previously announced belt alternator starter (BAS) hybrid system to be used in the 2007 Saturn Vue Green Line (updated 2006 Saturn VUE shown). The BAS system not only starts and stops the engine at rest, but it also provides additional power during acceleration, cuts off fuel earlier during deceleration and recaptures energy via regenerative braking. The third type will be a two-mode full hybrid system based on the diesel-electric hybrid system the company's developed for use in transit buses. This new hybrid system will first appear in the new GMT900-based Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon when they debut in 2007.
Word has it from hybridcars.com (also contains good explanation of the belt alternator starter hybrid system) that GM originally intended the two-mode hybrid system to debut in the VUE, but decided to go after the gas guzzlers first, perhaps in anticipation of the recent changes made to CAFE standards.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      UH OH cxvargas! You said the D word. Now all those ignorant diesel haters out there will have to chime in about how diesels are smelly and loud and slow and dirty and... What they don't know is that they are stuck on an image of diesel 20 years out of date. If you compared a computer from 20 years ago to the one you are typing on now you would see a vast improvement. A similar evolution has occured with diesel engines. In europe diesels compete with gas engines in every area except fuel economy and longevity where they surpass them. The technology to remove the NOX and soot from exhaust already exists but can't be used in the US yet because there is to much sulfur in our fuel. That changes in 2007.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's good that GM is now paying more attention to the consumber needs, not the stock holder needs! This is a good article and I hope that this will not be for publicity only. These things will surely bring back the glorious days of GM!
      • 9 Years Ago
      10% increase? That's it? And what'll be the price differential between the GM non-hybrid and hybrid trims?
      • 9 Years Ago
      If GM needs to cut dividends and invest the money back into itself to survive, then thats what they need to do. The value of GM stock will really go down the tube if they continue on the path they are on now. If some shareholders decide to ditch their stock, SO WHAT. After stock is sold and goes onto the public market what happens to it has very little affect on the company, short of a hostile takeover.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Diesel, diesel, diesel. I don't care about hybrids. GM has plenty on hi tech diesel engines already in production in Europe. I want great consumption with proven reliability.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Almost forgot. cxvargas, Brian - just so you know, I rented a diesel Vauxhall Zafira mini-van in Scotland this last June, and it was very underpowered, drove like a truck (I kept finding myself double-clutching out of subconsious desire even though it was not needed) and clattered like hell. Hey, lots better than my Prius - NOT. Oh yeah, it got 37 miles to the US gallon - not bad, but not terrific either. My Prius gets 49. Just so everyone knows, with the Euro IV emission standards coming on-line in Europe in 2007, THEY may have to give up selling diesels because it may be impossible to make them reach the cleaner standards. Likewise the US, despite our change-over to lower sulfur diesel fuels by that time, we may not have any diesels available as they might not pass emissions. As it is now, you cannot buy a light vehicle with diesel in California nor in several other eastern states. Too dirty. My Prius pollutes 11% the level of the California spec. I used to think diesels were great. No more.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "It's good that GM is now paying more attention to the consumber needs, not the stock holder needs!" As a GM stockholder since 1993, I haven't seen the company paying any attention to shareholders. I'm taking a bath on it. The only thing that keeps me in the game are the great dividends. If the UAW forces GM to cut or eliminate the dividend, me and many other share owners are heading for the door.
      • 9 Years Ago
      GMs Silverado Hybrid is a $1500 option.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Lip service, just lip service. That's all GM is doing. A few 10% to 15% mileage improvement hybrids rather than 50% to 100% mileage improvement hybrids, as the Prius, and pretty soon the General can start trying to pull the wool over everyones eyes and say they're now in the game again. Wrong. As for stockholders, it's great you've made some money but you aren't going to be able to do that for long as GM can't apparently make money as they are now set-up - expecting 35% of the US market and basing everyone on that premise when in fact they have far less and are not likely to regain ground, having to sell off 60% of the only profit maker they have (GMAC) and just having Moody's call their bluff (along with Fords) with a junk rating of their bonds (as Standard & Poors did a few months ago). Bail, Steve, bail. Besides which, after driving US cars for decades, and having one piece of absolute junk foisted on me after another, with terrible after-sales "service?????" and lack of willingness to honor their warrantees, a lot more people other than myself are moving over to Toyota, Honda, Hyundai - anybody with quality.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Does it matter how much gas we guzzle up with our SUV's. The humans will use up all the oil anyway. By introducing lower consumption engines it will take 35 years instead of just 30 years. No big deal unless we change all our engines to an alternative fuel.
      • 9 Years Ago
      hmmm... I'd rather see GM start by giving their cars great mileage rather than give their big-honkin' SUV's mediocre mileage... Then again, Americans really like SUV's, so making the biggest have an option for fuel-sipping will improve the companies overall MPG and hopefully cause a bit less pollution.