GM Introduces New Mild Hybrids for 2008

In the Aura and Malibu, which are built on the same architecture, the mild hybrid motor will supplement the 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine, increasing fuel economy by about 10 percent over that of the four-cylinder gas engine alone

Published: 17-Jul-2007

Just as one hybrid sedan is about to leave the market, two new ones are arriving.

The new ones, the 2007 Saturn Aura Green Line and 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, join the growing list of gasoline-electric hybrids this fall.

But the Honda Accord, which has been on the market only since 2005, will be discontinued after the 2007 model year for lack of consumer interest.


Automaker must have hybrids despite expense and doubtful benefit - GM 'product czar'

Packing 260 hp (191 kW) from the 2.0-liter turbo BioPower engine and a total of 148 kW from its three electric motors, the Saab BioPower Hybrid Concept provides significantly greater torque than its gasoline-only equivalent.

Automotive columnist James R. Healey test drives the 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid and finds that with the tax credit -- which just got cut in half -- the price difference vanishes.


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