To develop hybrid systems, GM announced a partnership with DaimlerChrysler in December 2004.
Results of that partnership were already available in the 2005 North American International Auto Show (in Detroit), where GM introduced the Opel Astra Diesel Hybrid, which uses a two-mode full hybrid system based on GM/DaimlerChrysler co-development.
The Opel Astra GTC Coupe is equipped with a 125-horsepower, 1.7-liter CDTI diesel engine plugged to twin electric motors, one generating 30kw of power and the other 40kw.
Compared to standard Astra diesel cars, the Astra Diesel Hybrid is 25 percent more fuel-efficient.
The Opel Astra GTC Coupe diesel hybrid will be sold in Europe, but not in the North American market.
The two-mode full hybrid system will also be used on the 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2007 GMC Yukon, with other GM vehicles getting the technology thereafter.
GM Hybrid Cars - 2006For production year 2006, the Chevrolet Silverado is available as a hybrid on all fifty states.
The main selling point of the car is that the Silverado produces, according to the company, about 10 fuel savings compared to the regular models, without sacrificing on performance.
Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid
Additionally, the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid features a built in generator - 120-volt AC power made available through four outlets – two in the cab and two in the truck bed.
In addition to this model, there are several additional General Motors produced hybrid cars in the pipeline, including:
- Saturn VUE (2006)
- Chevrolet Tahoe (2007)
- GMC Yukon (2007)