With the Los Angeles Auto Show on tap for next week, GM has conveniently issued a release highlighting the vehicles they're featuring at the show. Some, like the new Saturn Vue and the Cadillac DTS-L and Buick Enclave, we knew about already. Others, such as the '08 Yukon Hybrid and Saturn Aura Green Line, are products we knew were coming but didn't know which show they'd be officially revealed at. There's some other new stuff headed to the Golden State, as special editions from Saab (60th anniversary) and Cadillac (Platinum Series) are slated for introduction. Finally, vehicles like the Chevy Sequel Concept and the Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell are known commodities that will be featured in tree-huggy California because of their "green" credentials.
In any case, the GMC Yukon Hybrid should be an important vehicle. Fuel economy on the jumbo-sized SUVs is obviously an issue to some, and if the new hybrid powertrain really offers a tangible improvement over the standard versions, then GM should have a very appealing product on their hands. The trucks themselves are already handsome and well-appointed, and the hybridized versions (we expect badging visible from outer space) might help lessen that big-truck stigma that took hold over the last year or so. We'll see what happens. You can read the rest of the General's L.A. release list after the jump
Elegance And Efficiency Converge In GM's Los Angeles Auto Show Lineup
LOS ANGELES – The General Motors portfolio at the Los Angeles Auto Show continues the company's ongoing and dramatic product resurgence, with a focus on cars and SUVs that feature sophisticated, globally inspired designs as well as advanced, fuel-saving technologies.
The show will feature all-new entries by Buick, GMC and Saturn – including two of the four hybrid models GM will launch in calendar year 2007, as well as a resurrection of Cadillac's Platinum Series and special-edition Saab models that commemorate the vehicle brand's 60 th anniversary. Chevrolet will highlight two hydrogen fuel cell models – the Sequel and the Equinox Fuel Cell – that provide show goers with a glimpse of clean, petroleum-free transportation.
"We always look forward to the L.A. Auto Show because Los Angeles is such an important market for trend-setting cars and trucks," said GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner, who will kick off media days as the keynote speaker at the Motor Press Guild breakfast. "Besides launching a number of exciting new production cars, trucks and crossovers, we'll also demonstrate our commitment to addressing fuel economy and environmental concerns with several very important advanced technology vehicles."
According to the recently issued 2007 EPA Fuel Economy Guide, GM leads the industry with more vehicles that achieve an EPA-estimated 30 mpg or more on the highway. For the 2007 model year, GM offers 23 such vehicles, up from 14 in 2006.
Here are the specific models that GM will highlight in L.A. :
* 2008 Buick Enclave
* 2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid
* 2008 Saturn Vue
* Saturn Aura Green Line hybrid
* Saab 9-3 60 th Anniversary Edition
* Saab 9-5 60 th Anniversary Edition
* HUMMER HO 2 Design Concept (Design Challenge entry)
* Cadillac Platinum Series ( XLR, STS, DTS)
* Cadillac DTS-L
* Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell
* Chevrolet Sequel
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