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Old 04-27-2007, 06:44 AM   #1
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GM hybrid pickup bites the dust

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I am surprised that it WAS for sale. I have seen it at the auto-show up on the stand, but did not realize it was FOR SALE. What a marketing blunder. I sure hope they make it well known that the new one is available.

I can understand why the now old version is not available on the new truck, particularly with the better one on the way only next year.

Maybe that is why the kept this hush-hush knowing that there was this gap in availability?
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Old 04-27-2007, 11:39 AM   #3
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They probably never intended to sell many. In fact they were probably hoping for a failure. That way, they could tell the US govt "Look, this technology is unfeasible, noone will buy it, don't encourage it" etc.
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They probably never intended to sell many. In fact they were probably hoping for a failure. That way, they could tell the US govt "Look, this technology is unfeasible, noone will buy it, don't encourage it" etc.
Maybe, they were jumping up and down screaming about how the new short version of the big SUV was able to get to 20 mpg, I would think that this truck would have even higher on that shout list as "Highest Full size truck MPG". I would think that is a marketers dream for the past few years.

Excuse me SVO but *shrug*
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Then need to clear room to produce the Volt!!!
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Then need to clear room to produce the Volt!!!
LOL If you think the Volt is going to make it into production your lifetime, I have some land in the Louisiana delta I'd like to sell. (It's land at low tide, anyway.)
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The $3,000 more expensive hybrid trucks only got 2 mpg better. What a pity.

I can see it in the year 2043: Up for auction is a 2004 silverado hybrid. 1 of 3,000 produced. A stunning example of GM's archaic attempt in freeing themselves from oil in the early 21st century. *photographs taken accompanied by ooohs and ahhhs*
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A stunning example of a company spending huge amounts of money to try to discredit an emerging technology, rather than adapting...
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It's not even 2mpg. It's a 1mpg difference combined. The manual transmission gets 2mpg combined better than the "hybrid".
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