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Fort Wayne Replaces Older Trucks With Hybrid Pickups

April 19, 2005

FORT WAYNE, IN – The city of Fort Wayne has replaced four pickups with hybrid GMC Sierras for the Water Maintenance and Water Pollution Control Maintenance departments, according to the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel.Fort Wayne is the first city in the Midwest to make the change to hybrid pickups, according to Jeremy Leanderson, a GM account executive. GM's local assembly plant made 1,400 of the hybrid pickups for the 2005 model year, and is the only plant that makes them. GM has sold many hybrids to municipalities for use by parks and recreation departments, Leanderson said.They hybrid Sierras have V-8 engines that save gas by shutting off automatically at stops and restarts automatically when the foot is removed from the brake.

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