GM to Offer Hybrid Gas-Electric Engines
DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Corp. on Tuesday outlined sweeping plans to offer high-mileage, cleaner-burning hybrid gasoline-electric engines in a variety of cars, trucks, city buses and other vehicles, beginning with a new sport utility vehicle (SUV) in 2004.
GM said its new ParadiGM hybrid system, which will mate either a V6 or inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine with a pair of electric motors and a battery pack, will also give consumers all-wheel drive capability and improved performance at only a small increase in price.
"The power of this is we're sweeping across all vehicles from small cars to 60-foot articulated buses," GM Vice Chairman Harry Pearce said at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. "We're even talking to the U.S. Army about using the hybrid system in our light-armored vehicles."
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