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One day before the press converge on the LA Auto Show, General Motors has released pricing on its 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid, 2009 GMC Sierra Hybrid and the 2009 Pontiac G3. The full-size hybrid pickup trucks each feature GM's patented two-mode hybrid drivetrain with a 6.0-liter V8 under the hood. Assisted by an electric motor, the trucks are rated to tow up to 6,100 pounds. Fuel economy is impressive for a pickup -- they are rated at 21 mpg city and 22 mpg highway (2WD) when unladen. The base price for the Silverado is $38,995 (including a $975 destination charge). The Sierra barely undercuts it with a starting price of $39,365 (including $975 DFC). Production on the pickups starts in December, with delivery to dealers starting in early 2009. If trucks aren't your thing, pricing on the all-new Pontiac G3 hatchback will squeak in at $14,995 (including $660 DFC), making it the least expensive car in Pontiac showrooms. While you'll drive home in air-conditioned comfort sipping fuel at 32 mpg on the highway, don't expect much in the way of driving excitement.

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Chevrolet Announces Pricing For 2009 Silverado Hybrid

DETROIT - Chevrolet today announced pricing for the 2009 Silverado Hybrid - the only full-size hybrid pickup on the market. It starts at $38,995, including a $975 destination charge, for 2WD models with the 1HY package. The MSRP does not reflect a $2,200 federal tax credit that applies to many customers who purchase the Silverado Hybrid.

The Silverado Hybrid delivers fuel economy comparable to many midsize sedans, but with the cargo and towing capability expected from a full-size truck. It is offered in the crew cab body style and also available with 4WD.

Production begins in December 2008, with delivery to dealers expected in early 2009. All models come with an eight-year/100,000-mile hybrid component warranty.

"For customers who need a full-size truck, but want much better fuel economy, the Silverado Hybrid is the clear answer," said Ed Peper, GM North America vice president, Chevrolet. "It offers over 40-percent greater efficiency in city driving and a 25-percent overall increase in fuel economy, without compromising power or towing capability."

The Silverado Hybrid uses GM's patented two-mode hybrid system and a powerful 6.0L gas V-8 to deliver highly efficient performance - including all-electric driving up to 30 mph (48 km/h). That allows fuel savings to be realized even when the truck is fully loaded or towing a trailer. It has a 6,100-pound (2,767 kg) towing capacity.

EPA-estimated fuel economy for 2WD models is 21 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway; 4WD models are estimated at 20 mpg in city and highway driving. That mileage, combined with a 26-gallon (98 L) fuel tank, delivers a cruising range of more than 500 miles with 2WD models and more than 470 miles with 4WD models.

Well equipped

Silverado Hybrid 1HY models are based on the popular Silverado 1LT package and include popular equipment options such as the heavy-duty towing package, locking rear differential, EZ Lift tailgate and lock, and 18-inch wheels. Also included are automatic climate control, steering wheel audio controls and Bluetooth phone capability.

Equipment that is specific to the hybrid model includes:

  • 6.0-liter V-8 engine (332 hp / 247 kW)
  • Low rolling resistance tires
  • Hybrid ornamentation
  • Soft tonneau cover
  • Standard head curtain side air bags

The Silverado Hybrid also comes with standard head curtain side air bags.

In addition, a Silverado Hybrid 2HY package is offered. It includes more features and amenities such as a navigation radio, leather-trimmed seating, a hard tonneau cover, rear parking assist and more. It has a MSRP of $45,130 (including destination charge).

GMC and Pontiac Announce Pricing for 2009 Sierra Hybrid and G3

DETROIT –GMC and Pontiac today announced pricing for two new models arriving in dealerships in early 2009, further reinforcing the channel's reputation for value combined with efficiency and capability. The model introductions and MSRPs (including destination freight charge) include:

  • The GMC Sierra Hybrid pickup truck, which combines the fuel efficiency of a midsize sedan with uncompromised full-size truck capability, $39,365 (including $975 DFC) for 2WD models with the 3HA package and $45,500 (including DFC) with the 3HB package
  • The all-new Pontiac G3 hatchback, $14,995 (including $660 DFC)

GMC Sierra Hybrid

The 2009 Sierra Hybrid joins the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid as the only full-size hybrid pickup trucks on the market. Equipped with GM's two-mode hybrid system, Sierra Hybrid is offered in the crew cab body style and is also available with 4WD.

EPA-estimated fuel economy for 2WD models is 21 mpg city and 22 on the highway; 4WD models are estimated at 20 mpg in city and highway driving. That mileage, combined with a 26-gallon (98 L) fuel tank, delivers a cruising range of more than 500 miles with 2WD models and more than 470 miles with 4WD models

Production begins in December of 2008, with delivery to dealers expected in early 2009.

Towing capacity is rated at 6,100 pounds (2,767 kg). A $2,200 federal tax credit is currently available to many customers who purchase the Sierra Hybrid.

A well-equipped pickup

Sierra Hybrid 3HA models include popular equipment such as the heavy-duty trailering package; StabiliTrak electronic stability control; locking rear differential; EZ Lift tailgate and lock; 18-inch wheels; cloth seats; XM Satellite Radio and OnStar. Also included are automatic climate control, steering wheel audio controls and Bluetooth phone capability.

Equipment that is specific to the hybrid model includes:

  • 6.0-liter V-8 engine (332 hp / 247 kW)
  • Low rolling resistance tires
  • Hybrid ornamentation
  • Soft tonneau cover
  • Head curtain side-impact air bags

In addition, a Sierra Hybrid 3HB model is offered. It includes all of the 3HA content as well as leather bucket seats with six-way driver and passenger power; Power Flow navigation with Bose audio and rear-seat controls; rear park assist; power adjustable pedals and a three-piece hard tonneau cover. MSRP is $45,500 (including destination charge).

Pontiac G3

The all-new Pontiac G3 hatchback arrives in dealer showrooms in March 2009 and becomes Pontiac's fourth vehicle achieving highway fuel economy of 32 miles per gallon or higher.

The G3 combines sporty styling, quick handling and is surprisingly well-equipped, with standard air conditioning, four air bags (two frontal and two side-impact air bags) and the OnStar safety and security system. With an EPA-estimated 34 miles per gallon highway and the lowest starting price of any Pontiac, the G3 emphasizes value without compromising a fun driving experience.

All Pontiac and GMC models are covered by GM's five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and three-year, 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. Additionally, Sierra Hybrid models come with an eight-year/100,000-mile hybrid component warranty.