TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- General Motors, BMW and DaimlerChrysler are spending at least $1 billion to develop three Two Mode hybrid transmissions for full-sized SUVs and luxury vehicles and front-wheel-drive cars.
The transmissions, when used with cylinder cutoff technology, are expected to increase the fuel economy of a full-sized SUV by at least 25 percent.
GM is scheduled to launch the Two Mode late next summer in the Chevrolet Tahoe. The transmission also is scheduled for the GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade SUVs in 2008. Dodge will use the Two Mode in the 2009 Durango SUV.