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Hybrid Car Review: Even the Hybrids Are Bigger in Texas

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Even the Hybrids Are Bigger in Texas

GM begins producing the Tahoe Hybrid and Yukon Hybrid in Arlington, Texas. GM was obviously thinking of the mantra "Everything is bigger in Texas" when they chose Arlington for constructing the new full size two-mode hybrid SUVs there. Delivery of the new hybrids is expected to occur in January.

Governor Rick Perry was there as production started on Wednesday. The production plant in Texas was just waiting for the two mode hybrid transmission to begin production in Baltimore, which it did last week.

GM is hoping to sell 10,000 units for the 2008 model year. Dwayne Humphries, shop chairman of United Auto Workers Local 276, which represents most of the Texas plant's employees was a little more optimistic, however. "If the cost of gas keeps going up, I think sales could be even higher than that [20,000]," he said.

The Tahoe, Yukon and upcoming Escalade hybrids are expected to account for at least 10% of the vehicles made in the Arlington plant, which has a current capacity of 200,000 vehicles.

Follow the link to read more about the new full size two mode hybrids from GM.

Source: GM's Arlington plant producing Tahoe, Yukon hybrids | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Business

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