E-Flex Opel May Preview Upcoming Saturn Concept

Automotive News reports that General Motors' European Opel brand will unveil a new diesel-powered electric concept vehicle at the Frankfurt Auto Show next week. The magazine also says the futuristic Opel Vectra will also provide a preview of a similar diesel-powered Saturn Aura that's expected to be showcased at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this winter.

Using the revolutionary GM "E-Flex" propulsion system that made its debut in the Chevrolet Volt this past January, both the Opel and Saturn concepts will run primarily on electric power. A gasoline powerplant – in this case sources say a bio-diesel engine – will charge the vehicle's on-board lithium-ion batteries that supply electricity to an electric motor.

The diesel-powered system is expected to be available on the next-generation, front-wheel-drive versions of both cars "in [the] 2009 or 2010 calendar year," a source told the trade publication.

Source: Automotive News

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This August 17, 1992 issue of Business Week recognized Saturn as a rare success for General Motors. "As foreign rivals continue to flood the market with new models, Saturn is meeting them head on," wrote the magazine. "Almost overnight, Saturn has become the highest-quality American-made brand, with as few defects as Hondas and Nissans."