General Motors is considering the possibility of making a hybrid-powered sport ute for China— built on the mainland by GM's Japanese affiliates Suzuki and Fuji Heavy Industries. Sources say the auto giant is planning to debut its hybrid technologies in Shanghai in October at an event to showcase environmental innovation. GM is trying to prevent Toyota from monopolizing the hybrid market, and in China, car sales are absolutely skyrocketing. Last year the country replaced Germany as the industry's third-largest national market, but the subsequent traffic explosion has brought environmental concerns to the fore.

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