Australian Connection: GM Denali XT Designed Down Under

The hybrid-powered GMC Denali XT was produced at GM Holden's design centre at Port Melbourne.

Published: 05-Feb-2008

A concept car designed and built in Australia is about to take centre stage at the Chicago Auto Show.

The hybrid-powered GMC Denali XT, a cross between a sports utility vehicle and a more traditional US style pick-up truck, was produced at GM Holden's design centre at Port Melbourne.

"This was a great program to work on as I was given the opportunity to really stretch the limits of the global rear-wheel-drive architecture and create a truck with unique and bold proportions," said lead designer Warrack Leach.


The Small Hybrid Sports Concept is a sports car that features advanced hybrid technology - proving stylish design and driving enjoyment can be combined with low environmental impact. It was designed by Honda R and D Europe, based in Offenbach, Germany.

A UK government challenge to produce a medium/small vehicle with CO2 emissions of less than 100 g/km has seen engineering company Ricardo team up with PSA Peugeot Citroen and UK research group QinetiQ to develop an innovative diesel full-hybrid.

Concept car may sport unusual air intakes since 'a hybrid battery needs a lot of cooling.'


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