Hybrids Don't Make Top Ten in Resale Value

Three of the German carmaker's models snag spots on the list dominated by imports.

Published: 14-Nov-2007

Fuel-sipping hybrids get a lot of hype these days, but when it comes to resale value, one study says they take a back seat to more prosaic vehicles such as the Volkswagen Rabbit and Toyota Corolla.

Not a single hybrid is among the top 10 models selected by Kelley Blue Book in its latest survey of projected resale values for cars, sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks, which is due to be released today.

German automaker Volkswagen, which doesn't sell a hybrid model in the U.S., came out tops in the annual ranking by the Irvine-based auto data firm. VW, with three vehicles in the top 10 resale rankings, displaces Honda, which comes in second this year.


The Vue Green Line 2-mode Hybrid SUV will be powered by GM's 3.6L V-6 gas engine, with direct injection and variable valve timing, a nickel-metal hydride battery pack and two active cooled permanent magnet motors.

The vehicle utilizes a hybrid power train based on a 1500cc, 3-cylinder turbo charged diesel engine coupled with two high-efficiency permanent-magnet electric motors.

The driver of the Zytek dual-mode diesel hybrid can choose from standard or high regenerative braking and can also select one of three driving styles: Economy, Drive or Sport.


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