• Nov 9, 2007
Hybrid vehicles still don't make much sense for automakers. The cost of the technology is more than what consumers are willing to pay and in many cases the fuel-saving benefits can be achieved with a simple diesel motor (at least in Europe). Because of this, coming up with the right sticker price can be a major stumbling block. Price it too high and no one will want to buy your hybrid, but discount it too much and money will be lost on every model sold.

GM got into a spot of bother recently when alleged prices for its new full-size hybrids SUVs were released on its website last month. The problem was that the listed prices "were too low" according to GM spokesman Terry Rhadigan. The Chevy Tahoe 4-Door two-wheel drive hybrid was listed at $47,915 and the four-wheel drive was listed at $50,720. The GMC Yukon two-wheel drive hybrid came in at $48,370.

The 'correct' prices are scheduled to be announced next week, though Popular Mechanics already have the two listed as $49,270 for the Yukon Hybrid 2WD and $48,815 for the Tahoe Hybrid 2WD. If that's the case, then the prices accidentally released last month weren't off by all that much.

$49,270 and $48,815, respectively

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      If protecting the environment is your goal, the first step should be "don't waste resource". Kind of like the Hypocratic Oath "First do no harm".

      I am not against those who have the financial wherewithal to acquire such trucks. If your need is so that you only need to haul a boat and carry 8 once per year or so, why not rent one when you need it?

      The resource (your money) saved could be used in other areas. Buying a depreciating equipment such as a truck is never an investment.

      I think the green folks have it wrong. Instead of telling others what to do, they could show others how to conserve by leading by example.
      • 7 Years Ago
      At those prices, you'd be better off buying a non-hybrid Tahoe and an a Cobalt to drive when the Tahoe's abilities aren't needed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Good point. Also, unless you actually need to tow, I see no reason to buy a Yukon over an Acadia. The Acadia actually has more people room, besides.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Cobalt? It gets poor MPG. Get and SUV and a Honda Fit, or Civic, or Corolla.........Cobalt is never the answer.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm not debating the Cobalts validity here. Just trying to make the point that you could buy a regular Tahoe and a run-of-the-mill economy car for the price of a hybrid Tahoe.


      • 7 Years Ago
      "...and in many cases the fuel-saving benefits can be achieved with a simple diesel motor"

      America needs to pull it's head out of a dark place and realize this fact.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I live in New York City, diesels are not very loved around here. The city would not approve of adding 10s of thousands of diesels without then proving that they as "clean" as they claim to be.

        50,000 diesel trucks, delivery and servive vans per day is already more than we damn well need.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I live in New York City, diesels are not very loved around here. They city would not approve of adding 10s of thousands of diesels without them proving that they as "clean" as they claim to be.

      50,000 diesel trucks, delivery and service vans per day is already more than we damn well need.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Check out the New 2008 Chevy Malibu, an amazing car!

      http://new-malibu.blogspot.com/
      • 7 Years Ago
      Overpriced and underperforming.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Where do all these idiots come from?

        Pushing this stuff on consumers...

        Did you finish high school?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder if FOMOCO will put a full hybrid in the Expedition so the GM, and New Chrysler/ Dodge want still all its sales. I bet if that do happens the FOMOCO will achieve more fuel economy and probably cost less to But i cant say that about the EL/ L version. I want to see a photo, a spy photo that is.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Gas version gets 14/20 mpg, Hybrid 21/22 mpg (per Chevy website)

      So average of 50% city and 50% highway mileage = 17mpg gas motor , 21 hybrid.

      At 12000 miles per yr with $3 per gal fuel you save $401.50 per yr. in fuel with the hybrid.

      If the hybrid is 10k more than the gas motor it takes nearly 25 years to break even on the added cost over the regular gas motor.

      Even with gas at $4 a gallon it would take nearly 19 yrs to break even.
        • 7 Years Ago
        GM more than likely tests with the 3.42 axle ratio.
        That results in 14/20mpg for 4x2, and 14/19 for 4x4.
        Bring on the 6 speed automatic-6L80
        GM can keep the 3.42 axle ratio and improve mileage to 15/20 for the 4x4.
        GM could get 16/21 for 4x2 with a 3.23 axle ratio.

        and if that doesn't work, GM could try 3.08 for 4x2 and 3.23 for 4x4.
      Chris
      • 7 Years Ago
      General Motors: STOP! making SUV Hybrids that only get 3-5 MPG better than the regular Gasoline powered Engines. You need to make a sedan that actually gets a substantial increase in Fuel Mileage and stop pushing these fuel hungry SUV's on consumers.

      Better yet make a Hybrid Crossover Vehicle...

      For Example the Buick Enclave is hot right now, take it and slap a Hybrid Power train in it and make sure it can get fuel mileage of at least 35 HWY and 40 City. I think that, that would sell because its a vehicle everyone can use because you can carry 6-7 People in it and you can tow pretty much whatever you want to with it.

      But that's just my 2 cents worth
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Chris


        I think the potential is there if they'd be able to make system $500 cheaper, a little more efficient and drop the weight of a car by 100 or so LBs. With a slight improvment they have a chance to really become a leader.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Chris
        Lee:

        STOP and put down the hybrid crack pipe.

        The Enclave and its sisters are as big as a Tahoe, weigh 5000+ lbs and have a cross-section the size of a garden shed. There is no way they will ever achieve 35-40 mpg. Not with a hybrid gas drivetrain, not with a diesel, nor with a diesel hybrid.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think there is "a" answer but many answers to the fuel and emissions issues we face. I think too many people are looking for the silver bullet that solve everything but in my opinion it will take a mix of everything to solve it.

      Hybrids are not the end all be all that Toyota has marketed to everyone. But they have done such a good job of letting everyone know how "green" it is that its fashionable to have one. My neighbor bought one and tells me how does this and that and gets great mileage but the nimrod drives an hour one way to work everyday on I-96! That is the Michigan autobahn were speeds run in the 80-90 mph range and he keeps right up with everyone but he is convinced he is saving the planet and is saving money.

      BTW, thats alot of money for a 2WD Tahoe!
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