February 14, 2007
GM to build Hybrid Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra in Oshawa, Ontario
Oshawa, Ontario – General Motors of Canada has announced that its Oshawa Truck Assembly Plant in Oshawa, Ontario will be the first plant in Canada to produce hybrid vehicles. The facility will produce the new Two-Mode Hybrid Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, scheduled for sale in the fall of 2008.
“We are proud to announce that we will build the hybrid version of our award-winning pickups in Oshawa,” says Arturo Elias, president of GM of Canada. “GM is making it a top priority to provide our customers with the widest selection of green vehicle technologies that can save them fuel and benefit the environment. This new hybrid truck adds to GM’s fast-growing list of green vehicle technologies being engineered or assembled right here in Canada.”
The two-mode hybrid system optimizes fuel efficiency in both city and highway driving. GM has also announced that the system will be available in the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon hybrids, being launched this year; they are expected to deliver up to 25 per cent improved fuel consumption. In 2008, the next-generation Saturn Vue two-mode hybrid will offer estimated fuel consumption savings of up to 45 per cent.