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The strike that started at General Motors on Monday came at a particularly bad time for the company's new products. GM's new product offensive is getting into high gear this fall with a slew of eagerly awaited cars and trucks. Among the new vehicles that the company is just about to launch are the new Chevy Malibu (including a hybrid version), the mild hybrid version of the new Saturn Vue and, soon, the Two-Mode hybrid Chevy Tahoe/GMC Yukon. The Two-Mode hybrids are still a couple of months away

We'd be remiss to miss posting about the biggest automobile news of the day, even though it doesn't directly tie in to green vehicles: 73,000 UAW members at 59 GM plants walked off the job today at 11 am. The strike is due to failed contract negotiations.