Going Greenish

By Kay Layne 

Today actually started out white and snowy for me and many other parts of North America. However, things are beginning to look a little green. 

First of all in Shanghai, General Motors Corp introduced its first China-made hybrid.  2008 Buick LaCrosse

The Buick Lacrosse Eco-Hybrid is part of GM’s joint venture with Shangai Automotive industry Corp. 

In a statement released by the automaker, the hybrid has a fuel economy of 8.3 liters per 100 kilometers while its non-hybrid brother takes 9.8 liters per 100 kilometers. Is it me but I am just not that impressed. 

I guess GM hopes life gets easier being green. “Addressing the environmental protection and energy security issues is essential for ensuring the automotive industry’s long-term sustainable development,” said Shanghai GM President Ding Lei.  

No word yet as to price or when it will be available here. 

General Motors will have eight different hybrid models for sale in the States by the end of this year. In a statement released earlier this month, Chief Executive Rick Wagoner vows to up the number to 16 models with the next four years. 

Meanwhile over in DC, Ford showed off its 2009 redesigned Escape hybrid and 2009 Mercury Mariner hybrid.

Escape hybrid-AP

The Washington Auto show unveiled the two hybrids and the automaker says you can expect improvements in performance and power. Both will be available with a new 2.5 liter engine that will increase power by over a tenth to 170 horses. I shall wait and see.

 They will be on sale later is summer.