GM Pledges To Bring More Fuel-Efficient Vehicles to Market, Despite Low Gas Prices | Edmunds

GM Pledges To Bring More Fuel-Efficient Vehicles to Market, Despite Low Gas Prices

DETROIT — General Motors remains on track to bring more fuel-efficient vehicles to its dealerships, despite low gas prices, the automaker said in its 2015 Sustainability Report released on Tuesday.

The Detroit automaker said it is ahead of its goal to double the number of U.S. vehicles that generate 40 mpg or more in highway fuel economy by 2017.

GM said nine of its vehicles met that goal last year, up from six in 2014 and five in 2013.

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is one of the automaker's fuel-economy leaders, delivering 47 mpg in city driving and 46 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

Also in the pipeline are the 2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid electric luxury vehicle and the new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Chevrolet dealers also are selling the fully redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric hybrid.

GM said it had 196,861 vehicles on U.S. roads with some form of electrification in 2015, compared to 153,034 in 2013.

Electrified models include all eAssist, two-mode hybrid, extended-range electric vehicles and electric vehicle models, the automaker said.

Models with eAssist feature a mild hybrid technology that uses a small electric motor and a lithium-ion battery to increase fuel economy.

GM had set a target of rolling out 500,000 vehicles on the road in the U.S. with some form of electrification by 2017.

The 2015 Sustainability Report noted that connectivity, car-sharing, alternative propulsion and autonomous vehicles are "key elements" toward a future of safer, cleaner and more efficient mobility options for customers.

Edmunds says: GM is committed to electrified vehicles in the long run and is not shifting gears in the face of low gas prices.

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