BALTIMORE --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 GMs hybrid transmissions.
The hybrid version of the Escalade will use a new transmission made by GMs 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, which will also use cylinder deactivation technology on the internal combustion engine, 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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