GM and Toyota Are to Unveil New Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Watch for at least two new hybrid electric vehicles to be introduced at the New York International Auto Show, which runs April 3-12 at Manhattan’s Javits Center. Toyota will introduce a hybrid version of its RAV4 sport utility vehicle, and Chevrolet will unveil the new strong hybrid version of the 2016 Malibu.
Chevy says it’s drawing on technology from the Volt extended-range EV for a Malibu Hybrid with an estimated combined fuel economy rating exceeding 45 miles per gallon, “higher than the combined mileage ratings of the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata hybrid variants.”
“The Malibu Hybrid also has unique features that help improve aerodynamics, like upper and lower grille air shutters to improve airflow and a reduced ride height, all of which help reduce fuel consumption,” chief engineer Jesse Ortega said in a release.
Spring 2016 for the Malibu Hybrid
The car will have an all-new direct-injection 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a two-motor drive unit “slightly modified from the 2016 Chevrolet Volt.” The Malibu Hybrid has an 80-cell, 1.5-kilowatt-hour advanced lithium ion battery pack provides electric power to the Hybrid system.
The Malibu Hybrid also draws on power electronics from the 2016 Volt, and a “blended” regenerative braking system. It’s to be manufactured at GM’s Fairfax Assembly facility in Kansas and is due in Chevrolet dealer showrooms in spring 2016.
Toyota Hydrogen at the Auto Show Too
In addition to the new RAV4 Hybrid, Toyota’s New York Auto Show presence will include a special Crystal Palace exhibit for the new Mirai fuel cell vehicle, including a mock-up of a hydrogen filling station to show consumers how the vehicle is fueled with hydrogen in about five minutes.
Toyota is to commence sales of the Mirai in California in fall 2015, for $57,500 or via lease for $499 per month with $3,649 down (F&F, November 17).
Toyota is also to show its i-Road three-wheel personal electric vehicle (F&F, March 21, 2014) at the New York show.
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Sources: GM and Toyota with Fleets & Fuels follow-up