If only General Motors chairman Rick Wagoner had driven a Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid to Washington last November instead of flying via company jet. A two-wheel-drive version of this pickup could have completed the Detroit-to-D.C. journey on one tank of regular, thereby hinting to our elected representatives that GM gets it. In his remarks before Congress, the now former chairman might have noted that his vehicle of choice was not some distant development but instead a real, ready-for-market, cowboy Cadillac steeped in advanced technology.
After huzzahs from the Michigan contingent subsided, Wagoner could have added that neither Honda nor Toyota has a full-size pickup capable of performing a good day's work and matching the Silverado Hybrid's 20-21 combined mpg. His punch line could have been that the Volkswagen New Beetle and the Scion tC - two subcompacts that cringe at the prospect of towing anything - score 20 mpg, the same as a four-wheel-drive Silverado Hybrid, in EPA city mileage tests.... Read full article