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GM plans to bring back mild hybrids

Automotive News reports on GM's new hybrid plans.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.--General Motors Co. plans to bring back mild hybrids next year, Larry Nitz, GM's executive director of hybrid and electric power-train engineering, said here last week on the sidelines of the CAR Management Briefing Seminars.

Nitz said GM discontinued mild hybrids, which shut off the engine at stops, after 2009 when the closing of Saturn left the carmaker with the technology on just one vehicle, the Chevrolet Malibu sedan. It had been available on the Saturn Vue crossover and Saturn Aura sedan as well.

Nitz said a new, more powerful system will be available in the third quarter of 2011 on at least one midsize sedan in North America and one in China. He declined to name the vehicles, but he said the first-generation mild hybrid system was available in China on the Buick LaCrosse.

(Source: Automotive News)