General Motors Corp. delays the introduction of a next-generation hybrid system to early 2011 from mid-2010 and confirms it will not build ’10 Chevrolet Malibu models with the current system due to flagging sales. The Malibu hybrid utilizes a belt-alternator-starter hybrid technology, or BAS system, for an 18% fuel-efficiency gain in the city cycle. A more robust version of the system, called BAS+, was expected from the auto maker in 2010 but has been pushed to early 2011, Ward’s learns. ...

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