Shanghai-GM will end production of its mild hybrid Buick LaCrosse Eco-Hybrid, introduced in 2008. (Earlier post.) The Buick hybrid shares the same first-generation mild hybrid system used in the Malibu hybrid (now also suspended, earlier post).
Thus, GM now will be manufacturing no new first-generation mild hybrids, although it will be fulfilling orders from its inventory levels. According to GM spokesman Brian Corbett, the company still plans to offer multiple hybrid technologies in addition to the extended-range Voltec technology.
The second generation mild hybrid system is slated to debut in 2011. It will be more cost effective, more powerful and offer increased capability to be applied to a wider range of vehicles. Larry Nitz, GM Executive Director of Hybrid Powertrains, earlier said that the second-generation mild hybrid system would offer equivalent power to Honda’s IMA system in the new Insight. (Earlier post.)