Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Named 2008 Green Car of the Year(R) First Full-Size Hybrid SUV Achieves 30 Percent Fuel Efficiency Increase

Over Standard Model



    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid --
 the first General Motors vehicle to use the company's all-new two-mode
 hybrid system -- has been named Green Car Journal's 2008 Green Car of the
 Year(R). The award was presented at a press conference this morning at the
 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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     "This is a milestone in many respects," says Green Car Journal editor
 and publisher Ron Cogan. "People don't think 'green' when SUVs are
 concerned, and for generally good reason since SUVs often get poor fuel
 economy compared to most other vehicles. Chevrolet's Tahoe Hybrid changes
 this dynamic with a fuel efficiency improvement of up to 30 percent
 compared to similar vehicles equipped with a standard V-8."
     According to the EPA's 2008 estimated fuel economy ratings, Chevrolet's
 achievement is even more apparent during city driving where a large
 percentage of SUVs spend their time every day. In this environment, the
 6.0-liter two-mode hybrid Tahoe achieves 50 percent better fuel economy
 than a Tahoe powered by a standard 5.3-liter V-8. What's equally
 eye-opening is that the Tahoe's 21 mpg city fuel efficiency rating is the
 same as that of the city EPA rating for the four-cylinder Toyota Camry
 sedan.
     "We're thrilled to receive this recognition from Green Car Journal for
 our Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid," says Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager.
 "We've felt that the Tahoe Hybrid represents the best of both worlds -- the
 great utility you'd expect from a Tahoe with fuel economy on par with
 today's mid-size cars. It's satisfying to receive this validation from such
 an authority on environmentally-friendly vehicles."
     The Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid was selected in a majority vote by a jury of
 high-profile environmental and industry leaders, along with four Green Car
 Journal editors. Invited jurors this year included Carroll Shelby, Jay
 Leno, Carl Pope (Sierra Club), Christopher Flavin (Worldwatch Institute),
 Jonathan Lash (World Resources Institute), and Jean-Michel Cousteau (Ocean
 Futures Society).
     "GM promised they would use hybrid technology, and use it where it
 would make the most difference -- on their biggest vehicles. They have
 delivered with the Chevy Tahoe," says Carl Pope, executive director of the
 Sierra Club, pointing out that this vehicle ends the argument that
 efficiency and vehicle choice are incompatible. He adds that automakers
 should now make their entire fleets fuel efficient as fast as they can
 retool.
     The Tahoe Hybrid is the industry's first application of hybrid
 technology in a full-size SUV. While a few vehicles with V-6 and V-8
 engines are offered with hybrid options, most hybrid technology is
 incorporated into mid-size or smaller vehicles with four-cylinder engines
 because this is where big fuel economy gains are most readily achieved.
 It's a different challenge to achieve meaningful mpg increases on large
 vehicles of greater weight where substantial cargo hauling and towing may
 be needed, and larger engines are required for the job. For instance, the
 Tahoe Hybrid features seating for up to eight passengers, a 60 cubic foot
 cargo volume with the second and third row seats folded, the ability to
 carry up to 1400 pounds of cargo, and a tow rating of up to 6,200 pounds.
     "The importance of GM's accomplishment can't be overstated," says
 Cogan. "For years, consumers have been buying SUVs in increasing numbers
 because of their functionality, making them the number one class of vehicle
 on the market. The problem has been obvious: With larger vehicles generally
 comes poorer fuel economy because of greater size and curb weight. An
 'equalizer' has been needed ... and the two-mode hybrid system in the Tahoe
 is clearly that equalizer."
     Along with the Tahoe Hybrid, the jury considered 2008 Green Car of the
 Year nominees including the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Mazda Tribute Hybrid,
 Nissan Altima Hybrid, and the Saturn Aura Hybrid. Dozens of 2008 model year
 vehicles using all technologies and fuels were considered by the Green Car
 Journal staff in narrowing down the field to five nominees.
     Along with their considerable achievements in raising the bar in
 environmental performance, each of those making the final cut had to meet
 the requirement of being on sale and widely available to the public by Jan.
 1, 2008. "Newness" was also a factor in the nomination process, with
 nominees ideally in the earlier phases of their production cycle rather
 than near the end. Other factors that weigh in on the decision making
 include production volume and the likelihood of a candidate vehicle's
 environmentally-focused technologies leading to further implementation in
 other vehicles.
     About Green Car of the Year(R)
     The GCOY award is an important part of Green Car Journal's mission to
 showcase environmental progress in the auto industry. Since 1992, Green Car
 Journal has focused on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and
 environment, first with an industry newsletter and then with an
 award-winning auto enthusiast magazine. Today, the magazine is considered
 the premier source of information on high fuel efficiency, low emission,
 advanced technology, and alternative fuel vehicles. Green Car of the
 Year(R) is a registered trademark of Green Car Journal and RJ Cogan
 Specialty Publications Group, Inc. For more information visit
 http://www.greencar.com.
     About the LA Auto Show
     For the second consecutive year, the LA Auto Show will be held in the
 fall. The show opens for media only Nov. 14 and 15. Public days run from
 Nov. 16-25 including Thanksgiving Day. For general information visit
 http://www.LAautoshow.com.
 
 

SOURCE LA Auto Show

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