April 1, 2004

GM shows big hybrids in Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia – General Motors of Canada is displaying its hybrid transit bus and hybrid trucks at the Pacific International Auto Show and Globe 2004 Environmental Conference in Vancouver this week.

GM’s auto show display will feature the industry’s first hybrid pick-up truck. GM’s hybrid version of its GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado are already on sale to fleet customers.

The Hybrid Transit Bus will be on display at Globe 2004 from March 31 to April 2, plus GM’s booth at the conference will showcase the Advanced Hybrid System that powers the Hybrid Transit Bus.

David Paterson, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at General Motors of Canada said, “Our strategy is to apply Hybrid technology to the highest fuel consuming vehicles first such as transit buses and trucks. The auto show and Globe 2004 are perfect venues to showcase these fuel efficient Hybrid vehicles.”

The Honourable David Anderson, Minister of the Environment, who will be in attendance at Globe 2004 said, “Large vehicles such as transit buses and trucks tend to consume more fuel so GM’s strategy of focusing on these vehicles is very encouraging. Hybrids can make a significant impact in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

Transit buses equipped with GM’s Hybrid Electric technology achieve fuel economy improvements of up to 50 percent over conventional buses. They produce 90 percent fewer particulates, and hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions. They also produce 50 percent fewer oxides of nitrogen than conventional buses.

GM’s hybrid truck system, which is available in the Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra full-size pickups, improve fuel economy by up to 13 percent. They are currently available to fleet customers and will be available to retail consumers later this year.

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