GM’s first shot at mild hybrid sedans was pretty unsuccessful to say the least. The mild-hybrid version of the Chevrolet Malibu disappointed the company with low sales volumes only to be discontinued. Well, Chevrolet and manager Ed Peper have learned their lesson.
“One of the issues with the Malibu hybrid has been that the four cylinder 6 speed transmission Malibu gets 33 MPG on the highway,” Pepper said. “It has the best fuel economy of any mid-size car out there for a normal gas engine, so it makes it that much tougher to make a hybrid that gets significant better gas mileage than that.”
Peper said that consumers aren’t willing to pay for extra unless they achieve a significant increase in fuel-economy figures.
Speaking to GM-Volt.com, Peper said that GM is now working on a dedicated hybrid sedan model. He did not say whether the sedan will use the Volt plug-in hybrid technology.
– By: Stephen Calogera