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Buick News: Buick Reveals LaCrosse Hybrid for China

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China will be getting a fuel-sipping version of the new LaCrosse in the near future. The automaker revealed the LaCrosse Hybrid at an event yesterday in Shanghai.

 

The hybrid system is comprised of a 1.8L SIDI four-cylinder, electric variable transmission, and a 1.5 KwH lithium-ion battery. Buick is keeping quiet on performance specs, but does say the model will reach 62 miles per hour in 8.9 seconds and return 4.7 liters per 100 kilometers (about 50 MPG). Compared to the last-generation LaCrosse eAssist, the new LaCrosse Hybrid is 35 percent more efficient.

 

Other fuel saving tricks include grille shutters, electronic climate control compressor, and a thermal energy recycling system that is tied into the exhaust.

 

The LaCrosse Hybrid marks the beginning of a five-year rollout of ten eco-friendly vehicles that will be launched in China.

 

“GM’s leadership in electrification technologies, now and in the future, are coming to Buick in China. In fact, over the next five years, we will roll out more than 10 new energy vehicles in China, including several models for Buick. That includes full hybrids, plug-in hybrids and extended-range electric vehicles,” said Larry Nitz, GM executive director of Global Propulsion Systems.

 

Source: Buick

 


 

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Cool and Interesting, but I question the complexity of a Hybrid like this in relation to a BOLT or VOLT solution. I think rolling out more VOLT based powertrains is a superior way to go.

 

This gives time to continue to grow the battery packs so that eventually everything will be BOLT like as pure EVs.

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