GM Suspends 2010 "Mild" Hybrid Production

2009 Saturn Hybrids

Colin Bird from Cars.com: According to GM spokesman Brian Corbett, the suspension of the Malibu Hybrid is temporary and has no implications for future hybrid products from Chevrolet. The Saturn Aura Hybrid and Vue Hybrid, which use the same "mild" hybrid technology as the Malibu Hybrid, may also cease production. Corbett said there's an understanding between GM and Penske Automotive Group, which has a deal to buy Saturn, that will provide Penske with 2010 Saturn vehicles, including the Aura, Vue and Outlook. Details about which trim levels will be made, however, have yet to be determined. Corbett said GM plans to debut a next-generation mild hybrid system in 2011. The next-generation system will be three times more powerful, have smaller batteries and increase fuel efficiency up to 20% compared with equivalent gas-only models. Unlike the current mild hybrid system, the next generation will be capable of propelling a vehicle on electric power alone for a short time.

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AutoPacific Says Saturn Sky, Vue Tops in Satisfaction for their Market Segments

AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

A study released today by noted automotive consulting firm AutoPacific summarizes the results of its 2008 model year vehicle satisfaction research. The Saturn Sky and Vue were awarded the highest satisfaction ratings in their respective market segments. AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) is an industry benchmark for objectively measuring how satisfied an owner is with their new passenger car or light truck.