DaimlerChrysler, GM Team on Hybrids

Automakers will jointly develop new hybrid motors to compete with Japanese rivals.

Published: 14-Dec-2004

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - DaimlerChrysler and General Motors will jointly develop new hybrid motors to compete against Japanese rivals on the fuel-saving technology that reduces harmful emissions, the companies said Monday.

The goal is to make advanced hybrid propulsion systems that will improve acceleration and fuel economy for GM, Chrysler and Mercedes Car Group vehicles, according to a joint statement.

The accord teams GM (Research), the world's biggest carmaker, and German-American DaimlerChrysler (Research), the global number five, against rivals including Toyota Motor Corp. (Research) and Honda Motor Co. (Research) who have a head start in the hybrid market.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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