Opel Astra, GM's Hybrid Crown Jewel – HybridCars.com

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General Motors is frantically after the hybrid sailed by Honda and Toyota, but it seem to get the big picture. It touts greenish offerings at auto and in press releases while to roll out increased numbers of gas

An interesting development, though, is in the Opel Astra diesel-electric concept. Currently planned for sale in Europe, the Astra employs technology that Allison Transmission division uses in its hybrid buses. system is also set to be the starting of a joint venture between GM and another company left when hybrid rapture

GM vice chairman Bob Lutz is a skeptic, but even he reluctantly that his company should expended more effort in the hybrid race. The reason we the boat on hybrids is we business-cased it too Lutz told the Detroit Press, adding that GM have treated hybrid as a public relations expense than viewing it as a straight GM has been dealing with even without adding extra cost into the sheet.

European Bestseller

360,000 production Astras, a variety of engines and trim sold in Europe last On the outside, the Astra hybrid appears identical to the current drive, five-passenger, three-door GTC hatchback. It sports an unusual and panoramic roof, extending the in a smooth sweep over the

The Astra is built on the same as the Saturn Ion, so Saturn are watching closely, hoping for a replacement.

Inside, the hybrid a center-dash color display where hands-free phone, planning, and the current propulsion reside. The tachometer from the model is replaced in the hybrid by that provide feedback on the propulsion systemwhether traction is from the electric motors, the engine, or both. Another displays the level of battery from the nickel-metal-hydride battery which is tucked into the tire well along cooling fans.

Fuel Economy, Emissions, and

GM#8217;s group vice for powertrains, Tom Stephens, claims the hybrid Astra gets than 59 mpg, improving 25% on comparable diesel models. It is with a 125-horsepower, 1.7-liter, 16-valve, dual overhead cam with maintenance-free particulate A production Astra using the CDTI diesel engine in the hybrid goes from km/h (0-62 mph) in seconds; the hybrid is expected to 100 km/h in just under 8

That kind of acceleration the hybrid on par with the production-model top-of-the-line 2.0-liter, 200-horsepower gasoline engine.

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GM#8217;s Two-mode Full How it Works

The hybrid#8217;s two electric 30 kW and 40 kW, nestle into the spaceand the an automatic transmission. An electronic determines the car#8217;s propulsion and the motors act on a series of gears to an infinitely variable drive GM has named its two interlinked methods of propulsion the input split and split modes.

The input mode is used to launch the from a stop, to drive at low and to boost performance and load-towing In this mode, the system can with only the engine, the motor, or any combination of the two. One acts as a generator, powering the while the other provides power to move the car.

This mode effectively emissions in city driving.

The split mode consists of motors, managed by the control selectively operating in drive or modes, depending on the vehicle They also work in with other engine like GM#8217;s Displacement on The electric motors not only power flow, they aid in Displacement on Demand beyond is possible without hybrid

The purpose of the second mode is to fuel consumption at higher

But Will It Sell?

The hybrid price is yet to be determined-check back to 2007, when it may go into production. Currently, diesel-electric are estimated to add $8,000 onto the of a comparable gasoline-only passenger But with Europe on board the greenhouse-gas reduction treaty and paying up to $5 a gallon for gas, just might be a market for car.

At least among with plenty of money, consciousness, and style sense. How it, Prince Charles?

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