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Hybrid Cars new designs on display at Auto Shows

January 13th, 2006

Hybrid Cars  new designs on display at Auto Shows

Saturn VUE Green Line

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit had Toyota Motor Sales and General Motors Corporation (GM) and other manufacturers showing off their new hybrid automobiles. 

Toyota showed off its 2007 design of the Camry Hybrid car which has an estimated 43 mpg city driving and 37 mpg highway.


GM displayed two of the hybrid sport utility vehicles for 2007 the Saturn VUE Green Line and the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Tow-mode Hybrid.  The Saturn gas mileage is expected to be approximately 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway which is about 20 percent more efficient than the standard Saturn VUE.  The Saturn VUE Green Line is expected to start selling this summer at less than $23,000.  The Saturn hybrid is expected have less than a $2,000 markup for the hybrid feature compared to the standard model.


The 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Two-mode Hybrid is going to be optimized for both city and highway driving to help gain an estimated 25 percent in fuel savings compared to the standard model. 

GMC Yukon Two-mode Hybrid and Cadillac Escalade hybrid cars are in the works for being manufactured in the near future.

Ford Motor Company showed off the Reflex Hybrid Coupe which is a sporty car that has solar panels mounted on the roof and in the headlights and taillights.  The Reflex Hybrid is estimated to get 65 mpg using a diesel engine with the electric.  The solar cells in the headlights and taillights are used to help recharge the battery.  The roof mounted solar panel helps to power the fans in the card to help cool the interior.

Ford Motor Company further demonstrated design innovation with the F-250 Super Chief concept vehicle.  This pickup truck will run on gasoline, ethanol, or hydrogen. 


Mitsubishi Motors Corporation had a Concept-CT MIEV hybrid on display.  It has a sport hatchback with lithium-ion batteries and has in-wheel motors.  Toyota had the F3R concept hybrid minivan.

On January 14th, the NAIAS show opens to the public.  If you live in Southern California you can check out the Los Angeles Auto Show which is open to the public through January 15th.

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