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Silverado And GMC Sierra Hybrid Pickup Trucks Now Available
saves fuel, offers unique built-in generator
DETROIT - General Motors
has expanded the availability of its full-size hybrid pickup
trucks nationwide beginning with the 2006 model year. The
Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra hybrid pickups are the world's
first full-size hybrid pickup trucks, provide the highest
estimated city fuel economy of any full-size truck in the market
and offer customers the added benefit of a 2400-watt built-in
generator. The trucks were previously available in select markets.
The hybrid option is available on
the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 extended cab
pickups. The option is net priced at $1,500 MSRP and comes with
an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty on all hybrid-related
The Silverado and Sierra hybrid
pickups feature GM's Vortec 5300 V-8 engine with 295 horsepower (220
kW) and 335 lb.-ft. (454 Nm) of torque, the Hydra-Matic four-speed
automatic transmission, and GM's hybrid system. These hybrid
pickups deliver a 10-percent fuel economy improvement over
regular models, making them the most fuel-efficient full-size
trucks on the road.
GM's hybrid trucks improve fuel
economy without sacrificing the performance that customers expect
from a full-size pickup. For example, both the Silverado and
Sierra can tow up to 7,700 lbs. and are available with a heavy-duty
suspension package. Gross vehicle weight rating is 6,200 lbs. for
the 2-wheel drive model and 6,400 lbs. for 4-wheel drive.
"It's a fully capable V-8
powered hybrid pickup truck that can haul and tow just as much as
its rugged gasoline counterpart, along with providing customers a
10-percent fuel economy savings," said Tom Stephens, group
vice president, GM Powertrain.
According to the EPA, the 2006
Silverado and Sierra pickups achieve 18 mpg city and 21 mpg
highway in the 2WD configuration; and 17 mpg city and 19 mpg
highway in the 4WD model. Combined fuel economy is 19 mpg and 18
The hybrid pickups achieve extra
fuel savings because they automatically stop and restart the
engine under different operating circumstances. Instead of a
conventional starter motor and alternator, the hybrid pickups use
a compact 14-kW electric induction motor or starter generator
integrated in a patented, space-efficient manner between the
engine and transmission. The starter generator provides fast,
quiet starting power and allows automatic engine stops/starts to
conserve fuel. It also smoothes out any driveline surges and
generates electrical current to charge the batteries.
The electricity generated by the
starter generator has plenty of uses. It may be stored in a 42-volt
lead-acid battery pack for future use, support on-board electric
accessories, or provide 20 amps of 120-volt household-like power
through outlets in the cab and pickup bed to operate power tools
at a construction site or to run essential home appliances during
For example, in the event of a
power outage, the hybrid Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra
pickups could power tools or appliances for up to 32 hours
nonstop on a single tank of gasoline.
GM began initially offering the
hybrid pickup trucks in 2004 to retail customers in Alaska,
California, Florida, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM),
the world's largest automaker, has been the global industry sales
leader since 1931. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 317,000
people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 32
countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries. In 2004, GM
sold nearly 9 million cars and trucks
globally, up 4 percent and the second-highest total in the
company's history. GM's global
headquarters are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. More
information on GM can be found at www.gm.com. GM's corporate responsibility web site,
www.gmability.com, contains additional information about GM's