GM Cancels Malibu 'Mild' Hybrid

Hybrid version got only one mpg better fuel economy than 4-cylinder, 6-speed transmission model costing $900 less.

Published: 12-Jun-2009

DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. will stop making Chevrolet Malibus and Saturn Auras with an early generation gas-electric hybrid engine system, but engineers are working on a more efficient version of the system, a company spokesman said Thursday.

"Mild" hybrid versions of the midsize cars aren't selling well because they cost about $4,000 more than base models but only get four more miles per gallon of gasoline.

And models equipped with a four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission, which cost about $900 less than the hybrid, get only one mile less per gallon on the highway and four miles less in the city.

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