November 12, 2007

Cadillac Escalade Hybrid debuts at 37th annual South Florida auto show

2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid. Click image to enlarge

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Miami Beach, Florida – The 37th annual South Florida International Auto Show opened on the weekend in Miami Beach, showcasing 2008 models and ten concept cars with designs for the future.

As a major participant at the show, General Motors presented the world premiere of the new hybrid Cadillac Escalade which it calls the world’s first fuel-saving hybrid applied to a large luxury SUV. Powered by GM’s 2-Mode Hybrid system, Escalade Hybrid will deliver more than a 50 per cent improvement in fuel economy in city driving. The Hybrid model goes on sale in the summer of 2008 in the standard Escalade body style, alongside the conventional Escalade, and extended-length Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT utility truck.

GM also detailed features of the all-new Malibu sedan and Malibu Hybrid.

Other concept cars at the show include the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger, Ford Airstream, Jeep Trail Hawk and the Suzuki Wave four-door convertible.

Ford introduced its new Ontario-built Flex seven-passenger crossover, while Nissan presented the Rogue SUV and Altima Coupe, and Infiniti presented the Miami debut of the new EX-35 luxury SUV. Maserati introduced its new Granturismo, while Ferrari exhibited the 430 Spider convertible, 599 GTB Fiorano and 612 Scaglietti.

At a special awards breakfast, the Southern Automotive Media Association announced the winners of its two prizes, with Star of the Show going to the all-new 2008 Cadillac CTS, and Concept Car of the Show to the Lincoln MKR premium four-door coupe.

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