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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Two SaturnFans.com Members are Among 20 Finalists Selected in Saturn "Kiss My Astra" Photo Contest

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I received a couple of emails this weekend that made me very proud: two SaturnFans.com members' photos, spencerb's wedding picture and kpauley's donkey picture, were selected as finalists in Saturn's "Kiss My Astra" photo contest. Congratulations to both of them! The winner will receive a brand new Astra!! You can help choose the winner by casting your vote for your favorite photo at SaturnKissMyAstra.com. "Simply click on the images to see the entries and vote for your favorite," Saturn says on it's website. Voting ends September 28th.