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Regardless of your viewpoint on the role that the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon Hybrid play in the marketplace, the engineering that went into the vehicles is laudable. Seamlessly integrating the dual gasoline and electric drivetrains has managed to win GM's engineering team the award for the Best Engineered Vehicles of 2008 by the SAE International's Automotive Engineering International magazine.

Says Kevin Jost, Editorial Director of Automotive Engineering International, said "The vehicles' advanced technology enables consumers looking for an efficient SUV a choice that does not involve sacrificing a cargo-hauling and trailer-towing capacity in return for improved fuel economy." We agree that for those who really do need the capabilities that only a full-size SUV can offer, the hybrid-duo from GM is the best bet when it comes to gasoline savings. But how many of you are there, really? The press release is pasted after the break for your perusal and click here to read our complete review of the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid.

Press Release:

Automotive Engineering International Names General Motors' SUV Hybrids Best Engineered Vehicles of 2008

WARRENDALE, Pa., April 11 -- Readers and editors of SAE International's Automotive Engineering International (AEI) magazine crown General Motors' Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and GMC Yukon Hybrid as 2008's Best Engineered Vehicles.

"General Motors has significantly re-engineered its class-leading full-size sport utility vehicles - the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon - with the first application of groundbreaking hybrid technology," Kevin Jost, Editorial Director of Automotive Engineering International, said. "The vehicles' advanced technology enables consumers looking for an efficient SUV a choice that does not involve sacrificing a cargo-hauling and trailer-towing capacity in return for improved fuel economy."

The Tahoe and Yukon Hybrids boast improved fuel economy compared to their gasoline-only counterparts. This is due to a state-of-the-art two-mode hybrid system developed in partnership with BMW and DaimlerChrysler.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ratings for the two-wheel drive models are 21 miles per gallon (mpg) for city driving and 22 mpg for highway driving. The four-wheel drive models achieve an EPA rating of 20 mpg city/highway.

The vehicles still deliver full-size SUV performance, with a 6,200-pound towing capacity for the two-wheel drive models, and a 12,000-pound Gross Combination Weight Rating for the four-wheel drive models. Both seat eight passengers.

The Best Engineered Vehicle award winners will be announced at the SAE 2008 World Congress, to be held April 14-17 at Cobo Center, Detroit. The winners also will be published in AEI's May 2008 edition.

[Source: SAE]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      "Best Engineered Vehicle"?
      um, I guess so.

      "Green car of the Year"?
      Ya Gotta Be Kidding! ROFLMAO!
      No Way.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "There's no denying that a 6500 lb Chevy Tahoe is going to come out a lot better in a collision than a 2500 lb Toyota Corolla."

      Actually, there is. Very large SUVs tend to have rather poor driver fatalities per mile (not to mention very high causing of fatalities per mile in other vehicles). Midsized and small SUVs do fairly well, though. Most notably, there's much more variance between models within a group than between groups.

      While overall there is a trend with increasing size and occupant safety (with the exception of very large SUVs), it's a rather weak relationship with a lot of variation, and it's not nearly as strong of a relationship as that between vehicle size and death of people in *other* vehicles. The difference between individual vehicles can't be overstressed. In terms of very large SUVs, for example, most models had very low fatality rates, but a couple of very popular models with very poor safety drag their overall results down to below that of midsized cars.

      I don't have the stats on me so I can't compare the Tahoe with the Corolla, but there are no hard-fast rules for things like these.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Millions of cars like these are sold each year.
      If they were all hybrids, like this one, far more fuel would be saved than by a few hundred thousand Prius.
      Do I like them? Heck no. They clog the road and make driving small cars more dangerous.
      • 7 Years Ago
      @ #1 Tim.

      Yea, but the days of Mom's wanting to feel safe in a big car aren't gone either. There's no denying that a 6500 lb Chevy Tahoe is going to come out a lot better in a collision than a 2500 lb Toyota Corolla.

      It's all about percieved safety and as long as mothers continue to love their children there will always be a demand for heavy people haulers.

      Kudos to GM for making by far the most fuel effecient of all of them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yet you all fail to see the corolla pulling you boat with your family and have the room for your camping gear to boot. We are talking about a step in the right direction with SUVs and MPGs. Impressive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How about, no award till you actually sell 25,000. More Green BS.

      • 7 Years Ago
      How many are for sale. Is there an estimated number for how many of these "green cars" are going to be produced?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now a days the Tahoe is like 5500lbs, and the Corolla is like 3000lbs.


      Hey SAE, did you guys see the spare wheel?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good, this means that they should be able to do E-REV right.

      Due to high gas prices and the "green movent", SUVs are NOT the status symbols they used to be. From now on people will only buy them when they NEED them to haul lots of stuff and/or tow trailers.

      The day of the single gal buying an SUV just because they like to look over other traffic is gone.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's only socialist greenie nutjobs who forego having kids to small families to 'save the planet'. They can have their Smart cars.

      People like the ones who make the above statement make me laugh. Hey buddy, you wanna go road warrior with me? I have no kids and lots of moolah. I can outbid you for gasoline and force you to drive the smart or walk first. If people with children want to make fun of childless couples who are concerned about the environment then they are cutting off their own ballz to spite their faces. Screw you and your spawn bozo, I'll waste gasoline until there's nothing left just so I can laugh in my grave. [/rant]
      • 7 Years Ago
      "There's no denying that a 6500 lb Chevy Tahoe is going to come out a lot better in a collision than a 2500 lb Toyota Corolla."
      As always people see safety only from one point of view; the people inside the car and neglect that in an accident other can be involved too.. and with a SUV these "others" (people in a smaller car, pedestrians, bicyclists, you own kid playing behind your SUV on the driveway....) are in much greater danger than they would be with a Corolla.

      • 7 Years Ago
      How many of 'us' are there? Plenty. It's only socialist greenie nutjobs who forego having kids to small families to 'save the planet'. They can have their Smart cars. Hauling our entire family requires six seats. Throw in just one friend or grandma and we're quickly at seven. Suburban territory. I'd have to buy at least three Smart cars to get everyone to the same destination and I'd be short one licensed driver.
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