GM: Corvette will survive even a hybrid version
While the federal government tightening fuel economy standards, GM says he will do whatever it takes to keep marketing the Chevrolet Corvette, even a hybrid version.
General Motors is willing to do anything to keep its market's supercar, Chevrolet Corvette, even if it will mean to launch a hybrid version, with lower pollutant emissions. "We will make a hybrid only if strictly necessary to maintain production," said Tom Stephens, vice president of global production of General Motors.
The new standards imposed by the U.S. government say that every company vehicle manufacturers must have an average consumption of 35.5 mpg for vehicles sold (equivalent to 6.6 litres/100 km) by 2016.
To improve fuel economy, General Motors plans for the next generation Chevy Corvette reducing weight, fitted with low resistance tires and engines with direct fuel injection and other technologies.
The current base Chevrolet Corvette, the coupe version (photo), is equipped with a V8 petrol engine develops 430 hp 6.2-liter, but has a consumption of 16 mpg (14.7 litres/100 km) in city and 24 mpg (9.8 litres/100 km) on the highway. The peak range is the 638 hp Corvette ZR1.
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