Saturn Answers Questions, Hints at Additional 2-Mode Hybrid Powertrain Options in the Future

In a post on the GM FastLane blog, Saturn's director of commmunications, Kyle Johnson, responded to questions posed by visitors who read Jill Lajdziak's blog post on Saturn's hybrid unveilings at the North American Internation Auto Show in early January. Here's a look at some of the questions and answers from Kyle.

Question: If the industry was able to design and build vehicles that weren't even on the drawing boards in just months, why is GM unable or unwilling to do the same with regards to plug-ins and electric only vehicles?

Answer: Those vehicles that move quickly from drawing board to production use validated components. Plug-ins and electric vehicles will rely on technologies/components that have recently been invented and need to go through extensive validation to prove the designs are robust.

Question: This Vue is made to meet new CAFE, so does that mean that the two-mode will cost 6G's more?

Answer: We haven't determined pricing on the two-mode option on the Vue. That will happen later this year and we'll announce pricing in the third or fourth quarter. But the technology is currently expensive.

Question: Was the two-mode hybrid system ever considered with a 1.8L Ecotec engine instead of a V6?

Answer: There are a lot of technologies, including hybrid technology, that we haven't yet discussed publicly. I'm not saying yes and I'm not saying no — stay tuned.

Source: GM Fast Lane

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