Consumers Not Rushing to Buy Big Hybrid SUVs

GM's two-mode Tahoe Hybrid promises up to 21 mpg in city driving and 22 on the highway, 50 percent improvement over conventional version.

Published: 21-May-2008

With the price of gasoline hitting daily records and the shaky economy hitting consumers in the pocketbook, a sport utility vehicle that seats eight and gets over 20 miles per gallon would seem to be a promising product.

But even with the price of gas nearing $4 a gallon, early indications suggest car buyers are not warming to the industry’s first full-size, hybrid gas-and-electric-powered SUVs.

When they were launched in the fall of 2007, the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid and the hybrid GMC Yukon seemed like good options for consumers who wanted to pack a big family into a SUV and still save on fuel.


The Peugeot diesel hybrid promises to average better than 70mpg and have the lowest carbon-dioxide emissions of any car other than a pure electric.

Chrysler intends to focus its gas-electric hybrid system on SUVs, though it is not ruling out cars in the future. Pictured is Two-Mode hybrid transmission co-developed with GM and BMW.

The 308 HDi hybrid has a combined fuel economy of 3.4 litres/100km (69 mpg) and emits 90g of CO2 for every 100km travelled.


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