GM, Gov't of Dubai to Bring Hybrids to the Middle East
November 19, 2007 // Published as a news service by IHS
The agreement, which includes a local market evaluation of GM's Chevrolet Tahoe two-mode hybrid and Chevrolet Malibu hybrid, could lead to one of the largest fleets of hybrid vehicles in the world, GM said.
The accord demonstrates the common goal of GM, Dubai RTA and the government of Dubai to reduce their impact on the environment - even in a region that is rich in oil resources.
Maureen Kempston Darkes, GM group vice president and president of GM Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, said, "We are honored that Dubai RTA selected the all-new Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and Malibu Hybrid for this program.
"This is further evidence that our environmental strategy goes to markets all around the world - and is truly a global effort to reduce emissions and develop sustainable transportation. …"
The GM-RTA agreement calls for the provision of a small fleet of Chevrolet Tahoe and Malibu hybrids that will be used as limousines and taxis by RTA on the roads in Dubai. The program will last one year, beginning in January 2008.
GM will provide technical training on safety and other aspects for 15 RTA technicians, along with training for 40 drivers of Dubai Taxi. During the program, GM and the RTA will work together to validate the vehicles for use and serviceability, GM said.
Source: General Motors Corp. (GM).