The Triax bodyshell is a four-door, five-passenger urban activity vehicle with the choice of two or four-wheel-drive depending on the chosen form of propulsion. Bob Purcell, executive director of General Motors advanced technology vehicles, said: 'In five or six years' time consumers could have the choice of different fuels available in the same vehicle body. A multi-propulsion vehicle is a very cost-effective way of bringing alternatives to the market place.'
The portfolio of options was launched to meet the various environmental standards in different parts of the world. Purcell said: 'The focus in Europe is on carbon dioxide emissions and fuel economy, so you need a clean and efficient internal combustion engine. For Japan, where there is high traffic density and focus on fuel economy, the optimal solution might be a hybrid-electric and in places like California where zero emissions vehicles are needed due to extreme environmental conditions, a fully electric vehicle may be required.'