General Motors 2-Mode Hybrid Powertrain Wins Inaugural 2009 Best New Green Technology Award

    MONTREAL, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - General Motors 2-mode Hybrid Powertrain was
declared the inaugural winner of the 2009 Best New Green Technology award by
the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). The award was
announced today during a press conference at the Montreal International Auto
    "AJAC's Best New Green Technology award, presented by Shell Canada, was
established to recognize innovative new developments in the auto industry that
will be of benefit to the Canadian consumer," said Canadian Car of the Year
and technology award chairman Richard Russell. "Virtually every manufacturer
is working to reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. We want to look
at these efforts and award those we feel are worthy of recognition."
    Russell further commented, "Continual development has made the modern
passenger vehicle a very clean device. But we cannot let up on efforts to
reduce the effect it has on the environment we will hand off to future
    All entries for this inaugural award were judged by a panel of AJAC
members with specific technical qualifications who regularly report on
industry engineering and technical trends.
    The panel chose GM's 2-Mode Hybrid Powertrain because until now,
consumers looking for a fuel-efficient utility vehicle had to sacrifice a
great deal of cargo-hauling and trailer-towing capacity. This was necessary
because of the limited load capabilities of the transmission systems in most
hybrid passenger vehicles. GM changed that with the introduction of a new
electrically variable transmission (EVT) on Tahoe and Yukon Hybrids. It offers
the best of both worlds - a hybrid system that blends continuously variable
operation (for low-load driving situations) with fixed-gear operation (for
high-load conditions such as towing or highway driving). Used in concert with
the Vortec 6.0L Gen IV V-8 engine with Active Fuel Management, this system
provides excellent economy and full-size SUV passenger-carrying, cargo-hauling
and trailer-towing capabilities. Furthermore, the EVT is designed to bolt
directly to the standard four-wheel-drive transfer case allowing true
four-wheel-drive capability.
    AJAC's annual Canadian Car of the Year awards program was created in 1985
with the purpose of providing consumers with sound, comparative information on
vehicles that are new to the market.
    For that reason, the vote results that determined today's winners are
available to consumers as a resource buying guide on the AJAC web site. Also
available are the comparative test data derived from the journalists'
extensive week long evaluation of over 170 new vehicles in
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario in October. This annual event is known in the
industry as "TestFest". Shell Canada is the official fuel supplier of the
    The rigorous TestFest evaluation program includes real world driving on
public roads - exactly where consumers drive so that the test and vote results
posted to the AJAC web site are directly relevant to potential car and truck
    The winner of the 2009 Best New Technology award, also presented by Shell
Canada, will be announced at the opening of the 2009 Canadian International
Auto Show in Toronto on February 11, 2009.
    Still looking to buy a 2008, 2007, or even a 2006 vehicle? AJAC archives
the comparative test data from previous years on its web site.

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