GM kills Silverado and Sierra hybrid pickups

Even as gasoline prices are going up, GM has decided to kill the slow selling Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid and GMC Sierra hybrid pickups. According to GM, the total production run of both trucks was about 3,000 and there are still a few unsold models of both trucks in dealer inventory.

Neither truck received much attention or promotion and the 2 mpg increase over their gasoline versions wasn’t enough to stimulate buyers into spending more for the hybrid model.

Production of both the Silverado and Sierra hybrid were phased out when GM stopped making the gasoline version back in December. Now GM is working their next hybrid pickups which are due in 18 months and have a two-mode hybrid system that it developed in partnership with DaimlerChrysler and BMW.

The new two-mode hybrid system has shown a 25 percent increase in fuel economy, according to GM engineers.

Source: Automotive News