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GMC Denali XT Hybrid Concept Car

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The GMC Denali XT is a hybrid powered Sport-Utility Truck (SUT) with small and unibody construction.

Inspired by car-chassis based pickups, the design and layout of the GMC Denali XT concept is similar with the Chevrolet El Camino. Instead of using the conventional body-on-frame method commonly used for trucks, the GMC Denali XT concept using a unibody construction, manages to remain relatively lightweight (giving better fuel economy) and offer superior handling characteristics.

GMC Denali XT Hybrid Concept Car

With stiffness that is greater than most conventional, body-on-frame trucks, the Denali XT’s unibody structure supports a very capable truck platform. It also serves as the mounting point for the four-wheel independent suspension that gives the Denali XT its performance feel on the road.

The design and construction of the GMC Denali XT concept was undertaken by Holden Design, within the Australian arm of GM’s global design and engineering network. The concept is characterised by a muscular body and wide, firmly planted stance. Minimal overhangs, 23″ wheels, sleek headlamps and a low roof profile help deliver an aggressive, performance-oriented appearance.

GMC Denali XT Hybrid Concept

The Denali XT’s design includes a new take on GMC’s iconic grille, with a prominent, four-bar element in addition to the large, red GMC logo and signature Denali background. Flared fenders accentuate the wide road stance. The stance is also enhanced when the Denali XT is lowered on its air-adjustable suspension, which creates a sleeker appearance that simultaneously improves aerodynamics.

GMC Denali XT Hybrid Concept Car Interior

Inside, the four-seat Denali XT concept blends mechanical functionality with leather-trimmed comfort. Billet-metal surrounds, controls and instruments convey the cold precision of an aircraft cockpit. This is balanced by the warmth of bespoke saddle-leather trimmed seats, center console armrest and door inserts.

GMC Denali XT Hybrid Concept Car Picture

“The form language is smooth and structured to characterize GMC’s power. The details have a deliberately contrasting mechanical aesthetic to mark GMC’s engineering sophistication,” said Warrack Leach, lead designer.

GMC Denali XT Hybrid Concept Car

Power for the GMC Denali XT concept comes from a 326 horsepower V-8 4.9 litre E85-capable engine with Active Fuel Management (a system which deactivates half of the engine’s cylinders when they are not needed). Paired with the V8 power is a two-mode electrically-variable hybrid transmission which helps to reduce fuel consumption further by smoothly altering the gearing to allow the engine speed to remain at its optimum rpm when cruising, and when extra power is needed electric motors in the transmission provide the extra grunt. For low speed city driving the electric motors provide 100% of the Denali XT’s power.

GMC Denali XT Hybrid Concept Driving

SR 392 Roadster Car

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The custom SR 392 Roadster will be unveiled at this year’s SEMA show by Chrysler and Mopar.

The SR 392 Roadster is the worlds first-ever steel reproduction of a 1927 street rod body and powered by a 392 HEMI Crate engine.

SR 392 Roadster

The SR 392 Roadster designed by three car-crazy designers: Mark Allen, Michael Chetcuti, and Ralph Gilles.

History of Hybrid Cars

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Hybrid Cars may seem like a new invention. The buzz over them has gotten quite strong in the past few years, but that is just because the interest has started to grow in hybrid cars. In fact, hybrid cars have been around for centuries and are not just some new invention of the 21st century.

Here is a guideline to the hybrid car and a walk through its varied history:

1839 – In Scotland, Robert Anderson built the first electric car.

1870 – Sir David Soloman built an electric car that operated off an electric engine with battery power. The batteries were quite heavy, though, so the car did not get good speed and could only go a small distance.

1886 – In England, an electric taxi cab was used. The taxi cab used a 28 cell battery and an electric motor.

1888 – Two more electric vehicles made their debut. Immisch & Company were hired to build an electric carriage for the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. This carriage ran off a 24 cell battery and a one horsepower electric engine. Also this year, Magnus Volk created an electric car with only three wheels.

1890 – 1910 – During this time period the battery technology used to power electric vehicles grew with many significant advances. Specifically, the lead-acid battery and the nickel-iron battery, both that are still used today, were created.

1897 – The Bersey Cab, an electric cab that could drive for 50 miles and ran off a 40 cell battery, was used by the London Electric Cab Company.

1897 – 500 electric cars were built by the Pope Manufacturing Company of Connecticut.

1898 – The first front wheel drive car, built by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche was built in this year. It was called the Lohner Electric Chaise. Porsche also built a hybrid car which used an internal combustion engine in addition to the battery.

1900 – In America, car companies were introducing electric cars which were heavily favored over gasoline cars.

1916 – Baker of Cleveland and Woods of Chicago, two of the top electric vehicle manufacturers started introducing hybrids. The cars were limited, though, with top speeds of 35 mph.

1970 – 1979 The US government began running tests on electric cars and hybrid cars. This was an effort to help produce more environmentally friendly vehicles.

1975 – AM General started developing electric vans for use by the US Postal Service.

1976 – Congress passed a Public Law to help in the development of hybrid and electric cars.

1980 – Briggs and Stratton developed a hybrid car that combined a gasoline engine with an electric motor.

1989 – Audi introduced their line of electric cars.

1997 – Toyota introduced the Prius in Japan.

1997 – 1999 – Multiple automobile manufacturers introduced electric and hybrid cars in California.

1999 – Honda introduced the Insight which became the first hybrid to sell to the mass market.

2000 – Toyota introduced the Prius to the America market.

Present – The demand for hybrid cars is at a all time high. Technology keeps developing and hybrid cars today are comparable to gasoline powered cars, making them a viable choice for consumers.