Automotive News: When Saturn Goes, So Does a Quarter of GM Hybrid Sales

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Richard Truett from Automotive News: When General Motors closes down Saturn later this year, it will lose just over a quarter of its sales of fuel-saving hybrids – the type of vehicles that the Obama administration wants automakers to build more of. And it's not yet clear how the end of Saturn affects GM's ability to meet toughening corporate average fuel economy standards. Because Saturn does not offer a V-8 engine or have trucks or body-on-frame SUVs, it is GM's most fuel-efficient North American division. Saturn currently sells mild hybrid versions of the Saturn Vue crossover and Aura sedan and last year was second in total hybrid sales among GM's divisions. Chevrolet, with sales of 5,838 hybrids was No. 1. Saturn had planned to add a more advanced hybrid version of the Vue this summer. But that vehicle, which uses a front-wheel-drive version of GM's acclaimed Two Mode transmission, is now canceled. So is the plug-in version of the Vue, which had been due in 2010.

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