Local Vehicles at L.A. Auto Show

By: Kim Russell
By: Kim Russell

General Motors revealed several of its new fuel efficient vehicles, including the Buick Enclave at the L.A. Auto Show. The Enclave is Buick's first luxury crossover SUV. It and its sister vehicle, the GMC Acadia are made at the new GM Delta Township plant. They both get about 26 mpg on the highway.

GM's Chief Executive Rick Wagoner spoke out at the show about other environmentally friendly vehicles the company is working on. He says his company is committed to making alternative fuel, hybrid, electric, and hydrogen-powered vehicles. He says the nation's No. 1 automaker is developing a hybrid car that plugs into a standard power outlet.

Lansing's Glenn Buege GMC General Manager Allison Buege-Watson says its no surprise, "It is what customers are asking for, and GM is just responding, trying to fulfill that need."

Environmental activists still say GM and other auto companies have been too slow to curb the nation's dependence on foreign oil. As for how long it will be before the new alternative fuel vehicles become available, Wagoner says no certain date is available, only that developing the cars is a priority.

The L.A. Auto Show runs through December 10. It is second in importance in the industry only to the Detroit International Auto Show.


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