The newspaper reported that the hybrid Malibu gets 34 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg overall, while the gasoline-powered sedan gets 34 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg overall. The hybrid, however, costs approximately $4,000 more.
One California-based Chevy dealer seemed unconcerned by the elimination of the Malibu hybrid. The Journal reported that a sales manager at Ron Baker Chevrolet-Isuzu in National City, CA, said, “We could care less,” in reference to GM’s decision.
Tesla Motors’ $35,000, 200-mile electric car may not revolutionize the auto industry by itself, but it could serve as a starting point for a long, steady climb to a day when half of the world’s vehicles will be plug-ins.
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