AutoBlog Drives a Buick/Saturn Vue Plug-In Hybrid Prototype

Saturn Plug-In Hybrid Vue

Sam Abuelsamid from Autoblog: We had a chance for a quick drive of a development prototype for Buick's upcoming plug-in hybrid crossover this week at the GM proving ground. The prototype was still wearing its Saturn grille and badging as that was the original intent of the program. When Rick Wagoner announced in late 2006 that the company would develop a plug-in hybrid, it was intended to the be the Vue. Of course, at that time, Saturn still had a future as part of GM but we all know how that turned out. The two-mode hybrid system that was scheduled to go into production late last year lives on but is now paired with an 8 kWh lithium ion battery pack supplied by LG Chem. According to Larry Nitz, director of hybrid powertrain development, this is half of a Volt pack repackaged to fit under the rear cargo floor.

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Last Chance to Win a Hybrid Saturn Vue in TotalBeauty.com's Totally Green Sweepstakes

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Who says you can't change the world? You can. According to TotalBeauty.com: "We and our partners are committed to highlighting products and actions that can help you reduce your carbon footprint while still looking beautiful and feeling great." Part of their effort is to spread the word through a contest they call the "TotalBeauty.com Totally Green Sweepstakes." Grand prize is a new 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line hybrid filled with green and organic beauty products. The contest ends June 5, 2008.