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    Hybrid Cadillac Escalade to be offered in fall of 2007

    By JAMIE LAREAU AND RICHARD TRUETT | AUTOMOTIVE NEWS

    AutoWeek | Published 02/01/06, 11:19 am et


    General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner confirmed that Cadillac will get its first hybrid vehicle in the fall of 2007 with the 2008 Escalade SUV.

    Wagoner made the announcement Wednesday at the Baltimore transmission plant during a ceremony to name the plant as the builder of GM’s hybrid transmissions.

    The hybrid version of the Escalade will use a new transmission made by GM’s Allison division. The two-mode hybrid system will be similar to what GM will use in the hybrid version of a Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon SUVs.

    The hybrid Escalade will get a 25 percent gain in fuel economy, meaning the vehicle could get close to 30 mpg on the highway.

    The supplier for the nickel-metal batteries to be used in the Escalade will be Panasonic EV, a Japanese company.

    GM is spending $118 million to tool up for production of the hybrid transmissions.

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    Re: Hybrid Cadillac Escalade to be offered in fall of 2007

    This technology is longer overdue in GM's SUVs. I believe that GMs financial situation reflects their tardiness in a consumer driven market.
    The above post is my 2 cents....nothing more.

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    Re: Hybrid Cadillac Escalade to be offered in fall of 2007

    Okay, I was going to say I could live with the 2007 Escalade, but a freakin HYBRID!! Cadillac is coming close to becoming lame and too conservitive.

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    Re: Hybrid Cadillac Escalade to be offered in fall of 2007

    Quote Originally Posted by Synergetic
    Okay, I was going to say I could live with the 2007 Escalade, but a freakin HYBRID!! Cadillac is coming close to becoming lame and too conservitive.
    What do you mean by too conservative? Buyers are demanding vehicles with better gas mileage, and GM has failed to satisfy their customers demands up to this point. As I said above, I believe GMs late arrival to integrating the displacement on demand, and/or hybrid technology into their gas-guzzling SUVs [which are probably their best selling vehicles] is one of the reasons their vehicle sales and stock values have plummeted.

    IMO continuing to offer the same poor selling product, and using ''employee pricing'' and other sales gimmicks to try to move those vehicles is what makes GM lazy and lame. They'll just be getting into the game with Toyota, Ford, Lexus, & Honda [and others] by offering hybrids. Waiting until 2007 to do so may prove to be too late given their current financial losses.

    I definately approve of the 07 Lade design. I believe giving it the same [or more] horse power and offering buyers 20+ mpg would help it appeal to a larger market....other than loyal GM buyers like myself.
    The above post is my 2 cents....nothing more.

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    Re: Hybrid Cadillac Escalade to be offered in fall of 2007

    I wouldn't drive on a electrical driven motor. I don't care how much gas it saves. I like the feeling of driving down the road on something non-hybrid. Hybrid vehicles are so close to making me laugh. If you can't afford gas, why the hell are you buying an Escalade in the first place? If its to start saving general gas in a non-selfish way, then thats rediculous. Its not like its going to last forever and thats when hybrid vehicles should come into the picture.

    Into the game with Toyota, Ford, Lexus & Honda... lol


    More like Toyota, Ford, Lexus & Honda is trying to get in the game with GM/Cadillac.


    First time I saw that truck on a commercial, I thought quickly they constructed that design from the EXT.

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    Re: Hybrid Cadillac Escalade to be offered in fall of 2007

    What is the point of a hybrid escalade? If you want good gas mileage then don't get a damn full size luxury SUV lol. I'd also highly doubt it would have the same power as a regular Escalade, try driving a hyrbid Ford Escape and seeing if it has the same power as the gas V6 version. It's more like it has the same power as the 4 cylinder gas version really. Those batteries add a lot of weight to the car, and you'll probably make up for what you save in gas when it comes time to service them.
    Having an Escalade should mean you can afford to live with the consequences, buying a hybrid model is like going to Mc Donald's and ordering a diet coke with your double quarter pounder and large fry....

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    Re: Hybrid Cadillac Escalade to be offered in fall of 2007

    Everyone has their opinion and I understand your reasoning. I certainly didn't buy my Escalade because I thought it was the most economical vehicle on the roadways. I see no reason GM couldn't incorporate the DOD [displacement on demand] function into their large SUVs. It can be done without sacrificing power and would offer some increase in mileage. It seems to me this sort of thing would be a no-brainer, which is why I occasionally believe the conspiracy theorists ideas about big oil companies being in kahoots with auto manufacturers.

    Chrysler integrated DOD into their V8 300C with no noticeable loss of power. IMO GM has to meet customer demands for better gas mileage. And yes, people want their cake and to be able to eat it. A more efficient, more powerful V8 is possible. If you build it they will come.
    The above post is my 2 cents....nothing more.

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    Re: Hybrid Cadillac Escalade to be offered in fall of 2007

    DOD is one thing, but I dont want batteries in my Escalade.

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    Re: Hybrid Cadillac Escalade to be offered in fall of 2007

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuntless
    What is the point of a hybrid escalade? If you want good gas mileage then don't get a damn full size luxury SUV lol. I'd also highly doubt it would have the same power as a regular Escalade, try driving a hyrbid Ford Escape and seeing if it has the same power as the gas V6 version. It's more like it has the same power as the 4 cylinder gas version really. Those batteries add a lot of weight to the car, and you'll probably make up for what you save in gas when it comes time to service them.
    Having an Escalade should mean you can afford to live with the consequences, buying a hybrid model is like going to Mc Donald's and ordering a diet coke with your double quarter pounder and large fry....
    Exactly.

    Also, I would feel dumb jumping out at the mall and hooking my vehicle up to a charging machine so I couldn't make it back home, 15 miles away!! lol

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    Re: Hybrid Cadillac Escalade to be offered in fall of 2007

    Quote Originally Posted by Synergetic
    Exactly.

    Also, I would feel dumb jumping out at the mall and hooking my vehicle up to a charging machine so I couldn't make it back home, 15 miles away!! lol
    Haha. I wouldn't buy one either. Believe me, everyone here can pay for gas.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Hybrid Cadillac Escalade to be offered in fall of 2007

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    Haha. I wouldn't buy one either. Believe me, everyone here can pay for gas.

    Thanks.
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    Re: Hybrid Cadillac Escalade to be offered in fall of 2007

    Quote Originally Posted by Synergetic
    Exactly.

    Also, I would feel dumb jumping out at the mall and hooking my vehicle up to a charging machine so I couldn't make it back home, 15 miles away!! lol
    That doesn't happen with hybrids.


    Quote Originally Posted by 05 Cadillac Escalade
    Haha. I wouldn't buy one either. Believe me, everyone here can pay for gas.

    Thanks.
    My point said nothing about being able to afford the fuel costs. Personally the cost of ownership of an Escalade isn't beyond me. So please don't suggest that I have that problem. IMHO consumer demands will drive the market in the direction of DOD and/or hybrid drive on high-end vehicles. Lexus recently released a hybrid SUV but it's far too early to predict how it will sell.

    Only my opinion...but I believe making gas guzzling SUVs more economical, without sacrificing power, will help GMs sales a great deal. They can't aford to get much worse. It would do much more if GM was the first to the market with the idea. If that sounds foolish to you, then we can agree to disagree.

    As I said above, the DOD function seems like an easy answer. It's been done on Corvettes before without sacrificing performance so why not SUVs?
    The above post is my 2 cents....nothing more.

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    Re: Hybrid Cadillac Escalade to be offered in fall of 2007

    I don't think you can compare gas guzzling with one of GM's other products, the HUMMER H2 which I believe needs to be looked at a lot more closely; and most likely would be more economical than a ESCALADE hybrid. But then again, a HUMMER H2 HYBRID!!? lol

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    Re: Hybrid Cadillac Escalade to be offered in fall of 2007

    Oh I don't blame GM for catering to the consumers, I blame the consumers for being retarded enough to think that a hybrid full-size SUV makes any kind of sense. If they're that worried about fuel costs/the environment then go buy a goddamn prius and stop dicking around.

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    Re: Hybrid Cadillac Escalade to be offered in fall of 2007

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuntless
    Oh I don't blame GM for catering to the consumers, I blame the consumers for being retarded enough to think that a hybrid full-size SUV makes any kind of sense. If they're that worried about fuel costs/the environment then go buy a goddamn prius and stop dicking around.
    Yes, if gas may be a problem, then an Escalade or the General Motor product may not be right for you. Plain and simple. I think GM already sacrificed the Escalade image with the new 2007 design, but to produce that design with a hybrid motor is just deteriorating the general image together, not to mention changing the perspective on the classic history of Cadillac.

    The current 02-06 is the hottest SUV to ever hit the streets. That was proven when people were adding Escalade front end conversion kits to everything! From trucks to Chevy Tahoes!! Not just because it was a front end from a luxury vehicle but because it had that agressive feel to it.

    Agressive and pu$$y (excuse my language - making a point) are two words that will define the HYBRID 2007 Escalade. It may look 'decent' from the outside, but its a suped up Honda underneath the hood, driven off a battery.

    Anybody who loves their Escalade and the fact driving each day under a 6.0 liter 345hp (stock) V8 motor, should be able to agree with this. What ever happened to the Escalade being the "World's most powerful full-size SUV!" Sorry, but I have too much pride for my Escalade and would hate to see it be replaced with a freakin hybrid.

    What next? A hybrid Ferrari? Can't wait to hear about that!



    OH... and just for laughs, I did a little photoshop work to get you guys excited about the 2007 Hybrid Escalade. lol...

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