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Old 02-01-2006, 12:50 PM   #1
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Default Cadillac Hybrid Escalade to be offered in fall of 2007

Cadillac Hybrid Escalade to be offered in fall of 2007



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General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner confirmed that Cadillac will get its first hybrid vehicle in the fall of 2007 with the 2008 Escalade SUV.

Wagoner made the announcement Wednesday at the Baltimore transmission plant during a ceremony to name the plant as the builder of GMs hybrid transmissions.

The hybrid version of the Escalade will use a new transmission made by GMs Allison division. The two-mode hybrid system will be similar to what GM will use in the hybrid version of a Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon SUVs.

The hybrid Escalade will get a 25 percent gain in fuel economy, meaning the vehicle could get close to 30 mpg on the highway.

The supplier for the nickel-metal batteries to be used in the Escalade will be Panasonic EV, a Japanese company.

GM is spending $118 million to tool up for production of the hybrid transmissions
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Old 02-01-2006, 01:12 PM   #2
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nice, for the first time ever:

MPG > rim size

you know what that means...need bigger rims!
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Old 02-01-2006, 01:18 PM   #3
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nice, for the first time ever:

MPG > rim size

you know what that means...need bigger rims!


Man, I hate Escalades with a passion, but it is nice to see them at least attempt to become more envrionmentally friendly. Now, if only they weren't such dangerous vehicles to have on the road.
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Old 02-01-2006, 01:49 PM   #4
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Whoever wrote that article wasn't thinking clearly. A 25% gain in fuel economy by hybridizing a car, only gains on the city driving where the normal losses of stop-and-go are counter-acted. Highway mileage will be just as bad. There's no way you're getting a truck that size to get 30mpg on the highway.
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Old 02-01-2006, 05:03 PM   #5
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GM's 25% estimates for their "two mode" (where two mode refers to seperate modes for city and highway) hybrid models apply to both city and highway. They are including the benefits of cylinder deactivation and variable-everything on the engine.

It will be interesting to see how accurate their "25% better" estimates are.
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Old 02-01-2006, 05:34 PM   #6
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yah, typically the hwy mileage is not as good as city mileage because the engine is never in shutdown mode, but combined I can see a 25% improvement, now it is 12/18 after it will be 16/18.

still not good.

...

I say that, but that is close to what I get
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Old 02-01-2006, 07:03 PM   #7
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When the hell have ANY of these estimates to increase fuel economy actually hit their goals?!? NevAr.

If it gets even 1/2 that, it would be a fairly big accomplishment.


Now if they can only do something about the losey soccermoms and their totaly inability to drive something that big.
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Old 02-01-2006, 08:28 PM   #8
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yah, typically the hwy mileage is not as good as city mileage because the engine is never in shutdown mode, but combined I can see a 25% improvement, now it is 12/18 after it will be 16/18.

still not good.

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I say that, but that is close to what I get
Actually the 2006 Tahoe/Yukon/Escalade is rated at 15/21, which means a 25% improvement would put it at 19/26 - better than many cars that weigh less and make less power *cough* STi *cough*. Subaru really needs to join the efficiency party with the major automakers.
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