Auto company to build hybrid vehicles in Canada
GM of Canada's Oshawa Truck Assembly Plant will be the first plant in Canada to produce hybrid vehicles, with the new two-mode hybrid Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, scheduled to go on sale in the fall of 2008.
“We are proud to announce that we will build the hybrid version of our award winning pickups in Oshawa,” said Arturo Elias, president of GM of Canada. GM is making it a top priority to provide the widest selection of green vehicle technologies to save fuel and benefit the environment.
GM engineers or manufactures more fuel saving green vehicles and technologies than any other manufacturer in Canada. This now includes:
- Active Fuel Management engines that automatically shut down half their cylinders to save fuel in highway driving — built in St.Catharines for vehicles assembled in Oshawa.
- Building the world's largest fleet of emission-free Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles in Oshawa — the Chevy Equinox Hydrogen Fuel Cell.
- Building Ethanol E85 Flex Fuel vehicles like the Oshawa-built Chevy Impala which has the lowest net GHG emissions of any vehicle sold in Canada when running on E85 cellulose-based ethanol fuels.
- Engineering and assembling Hybrid transmissions and engine systems used in some of the 12 new GM hybrid vehicles either on sale today or coming to market soon — GM currently builds hybrid transmissions in Windsor for the Saturn Vue hybrid and engineers new hybrid systems at its Canadian Engineering Centre.
Unlike typical single mode systems available in the market, GM's next-generation two-mode hybrid system optimizes fuel efficiency in both city and highway driving. These unique features make the two-mode system easily adaptable for use in a broad range of vehicles. The two-mode hybrid system will be available in Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon hybrids being launched this year and expected to deliver up to 25 per cent improved fuel consumption and in 2008 the next generation Saturn Vue two-mode hybrid will offer estimated fuel consumption savings of up to 45 per cent.