June 13, 2006

GM and Suzuki to jointly develop hybrids for North America

Hamamatsu, Japan – Suzuki Motors plans to develop hybrid vehicles with General Motors and market them in North America, possibly in 2009, according to a report by the Green Car Congress. The automakers are reportedly considering developing SUVs with engine displacements of approximately 3.0 litres.

In April, Suzuki announced that its 2007 XL-7 SUV would be bigger and more powerful than its predecessor, and use a new 3.6-litre engine co-developed with GM, along with the GM Theta platform. GM cut its stake in Suzuki from 20 per cent to 3 per cent in March, but retains a partnership in such areas as joint North American production.

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