Cadillac’s product chief, John Howell, said today that GM’s luxury-vehicle division is considering hybrids for its entire lineup. In an interview in New York yesterday, Howell said “Pretty much every program I am looking at going forward has got a hybrid as part of it.”
While Howell did not mention any time frame for adding hybrid technology, he said the first hybrid will be the 2009 Cadillac Escalade, which currently gets a combined fuel-economy of 14mpg. The gas guzzling SUV will have a two-mode hybrid system that increases fuel-efficiency.
Cadillac hopes that adding hybrid variants to its models will help it revive demand after a decline in sales of 3.4 percent last year. Cadillac’s parent company GM also has hybrid plans for the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Youkon.
Source: The Detroit News