GM to launch plug-in hybrid SUV in 2011

Aug 07, 2009
General Motors will launch a plug-in hybrid sport utility vehicle under the Buick brand in 2011, the automaker said Thursday.

General Motors will launch a plug-in hybrid sport utility vehicle under the Buick brand in 2011, the automaker said Thursday.

The five-passenger midsized crossover is expected to be the first plug-in hybrid SUV to hit the commercial market, GM said.

It will replace the previously planned Saturn Vue plug-in, which was shelved after GM shed the Saturn brand as it restructured under .

GM said it has the potential to achieve double the fuel economy of comparable crossovers on short trips.

"The lithium-ion battery can be fully recharged in four to five hours by simply connecting the vehicle to any standard 110V household electrical outlet," GM said in a statement.

"By recharging rather than refueling, the Buick plug-in hybrid significantly improves fuel economy and reduces petroleum use."

Unlike GM's upcoming extended-range Volt plug-in hybrid, the yet-to-be named Buick will be able to use any combination of electric or gasoline power while the charge lasts.

The Volt will run exclusively on electricity before switching over to a backup engine after about 40 miles (64 kilometers).

(c) 2009 AFP

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4 / 5 (1) Aug 07, 2009
I think in 2012, it will be harder to sell old cars that use GAS!

5 / 5 (1) Aug 07, 2009
Only 10 years after GM crushed it's fleet of EV-1 electric cars. No surprise that GM is struggling. They keep hyping the Volt, but the last demo I saw on the news, it couldn't make it up a hill, and the batteries died within the hour.

In all likelihood, Honda, Toyota or Tesla Motors will field the first EV's--not GM.
5 / 5 (1) Aug 07, 2009
I think in 2012, it will be harder to sell old cars that use GAS

Oh, I hope so. Let's move on already, we have only been using this same old technology for the past 100 years.
4 / 5 (1) Aug 10, 2009
Hopefully their Suv will have a redesigned chevy logo in the front sporting a more sleeker hipper image than the the chevy volt.

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