GM Suspends 2010 "Mild" Hybrid Production

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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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G. Chambers Williams III from the Nashville Tennessean and USA Today newspapers: Whether or not General Motors receives emergency federal loans, it may have to sacrifice its iconic Saturn brand, which got its start in the mid-1980s. GM's (GM) sales pitch to win billions in federal assistance includes the possible sale or shutdown of the once-promising Saturn brand.