Warrendale, Pennsylvania – General Motors’ Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and GMC Yukon Hybrid have been named 2008’s Best Engineered Vehicles by readers and editors of Automotive Engineering International magazine, the publication of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
“General Motors has significantly reengineered its class-leading full-size sport utility vehicles – the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon – with the first application of groundbreaking hybrid technology,” said Kevin Jost, the magazine’s editorial director. “The vehicles’ advanced technology enables consumers looking for an efficient SUV a choice that does not involve sacrificing a cargo-hauling and trailer-towing capacity in return for improved fuel economy.”
The SUVs use a two-mode hybrid system, developed in partnership with BMW and DaimlerChrysler, that gives the four-wheel drive models an EPA rating of 20 US mpg (11.7 L/100 km) in combined city and highway driving.
The winners were announced for the SAE 2008 World Congress, which runs from April 14 to 17 in Detroit, Michigan.