Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Will The Brothers Buy The Cadillac Escalade Hybrid?
Most blacks are not going to buy a Prius. Many blacks will buy a Cadillac Escalade if they can afford it. What to do if one is concerned about oil independence, global warming and auto jobs. Build a car that has the gas/electric hybrid qualities of a Prius while providing the status boosting size, power and style of an Escalade. Yet, Does it work? Will it work? Let's see.
The 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid gets a 20-miles per gallon combined fuel economy rating. That is about 5 mpg better than the regular Escalade. It has a 6.2 liter V8 engine, weighs 5,88 pounds and has a lithium-ion battery pack. It costs $73,000 compared to about $61,000 for the regular model. It appears there is more Escalade in the hybrid than Prius.
2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid - $46,000 - 20/22/21 mpg
2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid - $30,000 - 34/31/32 mpg
Jobs and companies are on the line. President Bush authorized $13.4 billion from the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) as a bridge loan to GM and Chrysler to survive.