Montreal, Quebec – General Motors’ 2-Mode Hybrid Powertrain has been named the winner of the inaugural 2009 Best New Green Technology award by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). The award was announced at the Montreal International Auto Show.

“AJAC’s Best New Green Technology award, presented by Shell Canada, was established to recognize innovative new developments in the auto industry that will be of benefit to the Canadian consumer,” said Richard Russell, Canadian Car of the Year chairman. “Virtually every manufacturer is working to reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. We want to look at these efforts, and award those we feel are worthy of recognition.”

Other technologies in the running for the award were Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC, Subaru Partial Zero Emission Vehicle, and Volkswagen 2009 TDI Clean Diesel Engine. The entries were judged by a panel of AJAC members with specific technical qualifications who regularly report on industry engineering and technical trends.

The panel said they chose the GM system because, until now, consumers looking for a fuel-efficient utility vehicle had to sacrifice a great deal of cargo-hauling and trailer towing capacity, due to the limited load capabilities of the transmission systems in most hybrid passenger vehicles. The 2-Mode system’s new electrically variable transmission, used on the Tahoe and Yukon Hybrids, enables continously variable operation for low-load driving situations, with fixed-gear operations for high-load conditions such as towing or highway driving. The transmission is also designed to bolt directly to the standard four-wheel drive transfer case, allowing true four-wheel drive capability.

 

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