Let’s see here. As gas prices continue to rise and more people become concerned about global warming, car makers are starting to make alternative fuels a bit more of a priority. Toyota has already said that everything will be a hybrid eventually, but the team at General Motors is taking a slightly different approach.
GM head honcho Bob Lutz apparently dropped a pretty major bomb, saying that the company is working on a diesel-electric hybrid platform and it just may be shown off in September at the Frankfurt Auto Show. That model will likely be an e-flex Opel Vectra. A diesel in Europe isn’t that big a deal, but when the Detroit Motor Show rolls around in January, GM plans on showcasing the same e-flex technology in a Saturn, most likely the Aura sedan. And then, “it’ll end up in a Cadillac, and there will be a front-wheel-drive version of the engine in 2009 or 2010 calendar year.”
If you’re not familiar with the e-flex powertrain — first shown in the Chevy Volt earlier this year — it’s where “a traditional engine such as a diesel or gasoline engine, recharges a battery pack that provides power for an electric motor.”