Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A Hummer you can feel less guilty about

General Motors introduced an ethanol-adapted "green" version of its huge, heavy, gas-guzzling Hummer, at the Detroit auto show.

The unveiling, coupled with an announcement of a partnership in a bio-fuel company Monday, is part of GM's efforts to improve its image as a company trying to reduce carbon emissions blamed for global warming.

The Hummer HX has a flex-fuel V6 power train that will run on biofuel and is somewhat smaller than its bigger brothers. Yet it is still packed with "all the legendary capability" of the iconic vehicle, according to GM. Doors, roof and bumper panels are removable to save a few pounds, and maybe improve MPG.

The HX interior was inspired by the functional and lightweight elements found in an aircraft. The seats are constructed on a lightweight framework with minimal components. The instrument panel uses an exposed, extruded aluminum cross-vehicle beam as its foundation, on which instruments and controls are mounted. (info from sify.com and mlive.com).
This is a preview, not a review.

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