General Motors Hybrid Pickups Delayed Until 2009
General Motors is delaying the introduction of its two-mode Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra hybrid pickups "until the first half of 2009," according to GM full-size, mid-size and small trucks communications spokesperson Kelly Wysocki.
Gary White, GM North America vice president and vehicle line executive for full-size trucks, says the postponement is due to GM reducing full-size truck production and the time required to run validation models of the new hybrid down factory lines prior to full scale manufacturing. Validation won't be complete until late 2008. White still expects a small number of hybrid pickup trucks to reach showroom floors before year end but substantial numbers won't be available until next year.
Both trucks were originally scheduled to go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2008, according to GM's press releases when the hybrids debuted at the 2007 Los Angeles and 2008 Chicago auto shows.