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GM Hybrid Cars

GM hybrid cars come in two varieties, the Chevy Malibu Hybrid and the Opel Astra Diesel Hybrid. Both GM hybrid cars are still being developed. The Chevy Malibu Hybrid is expected to roll out in 2007 and the Opel Astra Diesel Hybrid has been shown at different auto shows as a concept car and is not expected to roll out at all.

 

 

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The technology used in the Opel Astra Diesel Hybrid, however, is expected to be used in other GM cars, trucks and SUV's since the hybrid power-train was developed to be scalable to other vehicles. Recent reports have the Chevy Malibu Hybrid being based on the Saturn VUE SUV hybrid system. GM states that they will use a Belt Alternator Starter (BAS) system in the Chevrolet Malibu, which provides 10 percent improved fuel economy.

The Opel Astra Diesel Hybrid car is two-mode full hybrid and the 1.7-liter CDTI engine delivers up to 25 percent improved fuel economy (in the 60-70 mpg range). The architecture can be scaled to fit FWD, RWD and AWD vehicles and adapted for both gasoline and diesel engines.

General Motors has decided to put a higher priority on developing its line of truck and SUV hybrid vehicles before the car hybrids, for two reasons. First, more money is to be made as trucks and SUV's have a higher mark-up than do cars. Second, greater fuel savings and greenness can be achieved by putting hybrid systems into heavier vehicles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

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