Hybrid Cars – new
designs on display at Auto Shows
January 13th, 2006
Saturn VUE Green
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.
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.
Two-mode Hybrid and Cadillac Escalade hybrid cars are in the works
for being manufactured in the near future.
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
Company further demonstrated design innovation with the F-250 Super
Chief concept vehicle. This pickup truck will run on gasoline,
ethanol, or hydrogen.
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.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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