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Default GM hybrids get off to a slow start in first quarter

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"Sales of new General Motors hybrids, including its touted full-sized SUVs, are taking off at a crawl.

GM sold 843 hybrids in the first quarter--655 of them the Two Mode hybrid versions of its full-sized Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon SUVs. The rest are mild hybrids: the Saturn Aura Green Line, Saturn Vue Green Line and Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid.

Sales are slow because the Malibu Hybrid and the Two Mode SUVs are just entering the market, says a GM spokesman. "We talked about a model-year volume of 8,000 to 12,000 for the Tahoe and Yukon, and that hasn't changed," says GM spokesman Brian Corbett. "Generally hybrid vehicle sales tend to be a little slower initially compared to regular vehicles. We're expected to increase sales as awareness increases..."

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Actually I believe you will find a "SLOW" market for all hybrids that do not indicate astronomical milage figures. Why bother with the extra price with additional complexity? Sales are nominal or "zilch" with the Accord, Lexas, Highlander, and Camry hybrids as well. The Saturn Vue, and the Ford Escape have been on the market for years as has the Accord sedan. (Little interest.)
"Give me 50 MPG" is the demand and only the Prius and Civic can do this. You can hybridize anything including a "Hummer" but why bother? The hybrid is not a simple vehicle and not worth the price for an extra four to six MPG.



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