Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
December 18, 2012
GM's full-size hybrid pickups, the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid and GMC Sierra Hybrid have offered the best fuel economy in the class since being introduced in 2009. However, they haven't been a sales success as GM had expected. Last year, GM sold 3,114 Hybrid trucks and SUVs, from a high of 8,797 vehicles in 2009.
Last week at the press introduction of the new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, GM North America President Mark Reuss told GreenCarReports that a hybrid model isn't in the cards.
“In this truck we decided to go with the EcoTec3 technology, with the V-6 and the two V-8s, and we think that's the best solution for our customers. So with this next generation it will not be a hybrid,” said Reuss.
This response mostly confirms earlier reports, the first being from GMInsideNews.com back in August that cited information from sources that GM would be killing off its hybrid trucks and SUVs.
When asked about what the future holds for the hybrid system in SUVs, Reuss declined to comment.