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

Random Article from the SaturnFans.com Archives

Owner Story: Road Trip Once Again Brings Best Ever Fuel Economy in 2007 Aura XE V6

From AuraDrvr89: Once again this summer, my family and I traveled to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. It's a spectacular amusement park, for those who are not familiar. Last year I averaged about 33mpg on the way there, and wanted to see if I could beat it this year. We drove from my home in western New York straight into Sandusky. It's a fairly straight run.