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.

Random Article from the SaturnFans.com Archives

Video: Third of Three New Saturn Commercials Focuses on Fuel Efficiency

The third of three new commercials narrated by Saturn retail store owners focuses on the fuel efficiency of Saturn's vehicles. This ad features Karen Radley who owns Saturn of Fredericksburg in Virginia. By the way, if you want to see the stunning lines of the Vue and Aura in high-definition on your big screen television, SaturnFans.com hears that the new TV spots will air throughout the NCAA basketball tournament on CBS.