Thursday, July 12, 2007

What's the big deal about the Chevy Malibu Hybrid?

Finally. Eight years after Toyota introduced the Prius, GM is introducing a hybrid for the Chevy Malibu.

Lets see.
The 2007 Chevy Malibu got 24 city, 32 hwy.

The 2008 Malibu hybrid will get 24 city, and 32 hwy.

That's it?? Thats the best GM can do? Hopefully their other hybrid models will show a more impressive MPG improvement.

Increasingly, I am becoming convinced that there is no hope for the U.S. auto industry. What a huge disappointment.

Hey, GM -- just in case you've decided to listen to your prospective buyers, I will offer this bit of wisdom from the market place: we don't want hybrid cars that get the same mileage as last year's non-hybrid models. We want comfortable cars that get great mileage, and if hybrid technology delivers that, then we will buy them. We will not buy a hybrid just because you slap a hybrid logo on it. What we expect is that there to be some benefit to the hybrid technology, like great gas mileage.

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