That same speech was interrupted by a protestor that wanted Wagoner to sign a pledge to make GM the fuel economy leader by 2010. Along with announcing plans for a plug-in Vue hybrid, GM also unveiled three new hybrid models for the 2008 model year in the form of the Saturn Aura sedan, GMC Yukon SUV and the Vue Green Line. Wagoner also promised to deliver biofuel drivetrains for the Hummer brand within three years. GM also is planning to have 12 hybrid models in lineup by the end of 2008, so the next 12 months will be very busy for the General.
Toyota’s North American head, Jim Press, commented that his company still has a lot of research to do and that GM’s push for the clean technology would help encourage consumer support and perhaps even spur the government into providing financial support for developing hybrids.