Shanghai 2009: Buick Business Concept hybrid comes to light
While we're busy at the SAE World Congress, GM took the wraps off of the Buick Business MPV concept in Shanghai. The hybrid concept vehicle fits into the class of executive transport vehicles in China, hence the Business name. GM partnered with the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) on the vehicle, which uses li-ion batteries and an improved electric motor to get fuel economy that's apparently 20 percent better than what was possible with the previous hybrid setup. The two groups also brought us the 2007 Rivera concept.
As you can see in the gallery below from our friends at Autoblog Chinese, the Busines MPV is a five-door hatchback that can seat seven. The concept can shut down the engine off at idle and uses regenerative brakes to stretch the fuel in the tank even further.
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