GM to bring back mild hybrids
August 4, 2010 § Leave a comment
GM is to reintroduce ‘mild’ hybrid systems into its mid-size vehicles, reports Automotive News. Mild hybrid technology was previously offered in the now-defunct Saturns Vue and Aura (pictured), plus the Chevrolet Malibu and Chinese-market Buick LaCrosse. The new-generation system, said to be more powerful and to offer fuel savings of up to 20%, is essentially a stop-start system with the motors giving extra boost under acceleration; the car will not have an electric-only range. First cars with the tech will be new US- and Chinese-market saloons launched in the third quarter of 2011.
- Also from Automotive News today: general pessimism in a report from a management briefing seminar in Traverse City, Michigan. Conclusion: conventional petrol engines will continue to dominate for another 20 years, say powertrain executives from Ford and GM, and will still hold at least 80% of the market in 2020 and beyond, according to estimates from Bosch. Modern clean diesels won’t catch on in the US due to high costs, said Ford’s Barb Samardzich, and electric vehicles have only niche appeal, said GM’s Larry Nitz, who sees ethanol as the best option in the mid-future.