DETROIT – DaimlerChrysler and General Motors have signed a definitive agreement to jointly develop hybrid powertrains, according to the Detroit News. The agreement was originally announced in December 2004, and finalized early this week. Hybrids draw power from two energy sources, typically a gas or diesel engine combined with an electric motor. DaimlerChrysler will be the lead for development of hybrid powertrains for rear-wheel-drive luxury cars while GM will take the lead for rear-wheel-drive full-size trucks, sport/utility vehicles, and front-wheel-drive vehicles. The first hybrids in Dodge Durango and Chevrolet Tahoe are expected out in late 2007.

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