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May 3, 2008

Cadillac Escalade Hybrid introduced in China

2009 Cadillac Escape Hybrid

Photo: 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid.

At Auto China 2008, this year's leading auto show in China, which ran from April 20 through April 28 in Beijing, General Motors introduced the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid (the world's first fuel-saving hybrid applied to a large luxury SUV).

"Escalade, already the sales and style leader among large luxury SUVs, now adds the desirability of a fuel-saving, technically advanced hybrid system," said Jim Taylor, Cadillac General Manager. "The arrival of the Escalade Hybrid means that consumers can now use less fossil fuel, reduce emissions and still enjoy the benefits of a full-size luxury SUV."

No other manufacturer offers a hybrid than can seat eight luxuriously while simultaneously carrying or trailering lots of cargo comfortably. And no hybrid delivers the dramatic presence that is synonymous with the Escalade, said Taylor.

According to GM, the key to the Escalade's 2-Mode hybrid system is that the electric power used to propel the vehicle is generated by the hybrid system itself. When the brakes are applied or the vehicle is coasting, the electric motors within the hybrid system create electricity that is stored in the 300-volt battery. This stored energy is used to move the vehicle and the regenerative braking cycle is renewed.

The Escalade's 2-Mode Hybrid system allows it to return exceptional fuel economy in both city and highway while delivering the capabilities of a true luxury SUV. In city driving, this advanced hybrid power system enables the Escalade to launch and drive low speeds on electricity alone. As additional power is demanded, the system blends output from the battery and gas engine smoothly.

Camaro Bumble Bee

Photo: Chevrolet Camaro Bumble Bee takes the stage with models wearing fashions.

Before the opening of Auto China 2008, GM introduced its lineup of E-Flex concept vehicles at GM Premiere Night on April 19. The unique products that were shown include Chevrolet Volt and Opel Flextreme, as well as the Chevrolet Camaro, which played the role of Bumblebee in the movie "Transformers."

Buick Invicta

Photo: The new Buick Invicta show car made its world debut at a special event prior to the start of Auto China 2008 in Beijing, China on Saturday, April 19, 2008. The four-door midsize sedan with a coupe-like roofline presents bold direction for Buick's new generation of vehicles in the world's two biggest automotive markets - the United States and China. (Photo by Natalie Behring for General Motors) (China)

General Motors Corp. and its Chinese joint ventures highlighted their achievements in design and technology at Auto China 2008. In this context, the GM China family displayed a selection of models that are currently being sold by GM and its joint ventures in China or will soon enter the market.

Buick Enclave

Photo: 2008 Buick Enclave CXL. (China)

Buick showcased its freshened lineup, led by the new LaCrosse Eco-Hybrid, which will go on sale in advance of this summer's Beijing Olympic Games, and the Buick Enclave luxury crossover from North America. Buick's auto show lineup also includes the Park Avenue and non-hybrid LaCrosse premium sedans, the brand's best-selling Excelle lower-medium sedan, the HRV sport hatchback and the popular GL8 executive wagon.

Cadillac was represented by its full lineup of luxury models, starting with the all-new CTS luxury sedan and the China-made SLS luxury business sedan. Making its domestic debut at Auto China 2008 was the Escalade 2-Mode Hybrid. The non-hybrid Escalade SUV, SRX luxury utility vehicle and XLR luxury roadster round out the Cadillac display.

Making its debut from Chevrolet on the GM stand was the new Aveo hatchback, which is powered by an S-TEC II 1.2-liter engine. It is joined by its Chevrolet siblings, the latest edition of the Spark mini-car, the Lova compact sedan, the Captiva SUV and the new Epica intermediate sedan.

Opel had brought to China its new Astra notchback, which was launched at Auto China 2008, along with the Astra TwinTop convertible, Astra GTC Panorama sedan and Zafira MTA. Saab, GM's premium brand from Sweden, is showcasing its Turbo X, 900, 9-5 Aero and three 9-3 family members: the 9-3 Convertible, 9-3 Sporthatch and 9-3 Aero.

Among the vehicles of the future shown on the GM family's stand was the Buick Invicta. Designed collaboratively by GM's design centers in Warren, Michigan, and Shanghai, the Invicta presents a bold direction for Buick's new generation of vehicles to be built in the United States and China, the world's two largest vehicle markets.

Source: GM

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