Dog-Friendly Vue Awarded Two Positions on the DogCars.com Top Vehicle List

Veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker and journalist Gina Spadafori from DogCars.com released their best not-a-large-SUV vehicle picks for dog owners. "Big sports-utility vehicles have been the dog-haulers of choice for years, along with minivans," they wrote. "But with gas prices so high, SUV sales are stalled as people look for smaller vehicles. If you can't fit your St. Bernard comfortably into a Smart Car, are there still choices for you? You bet."

The two put together a list of their favorite models that have a base price of less than $25k and offer a highway fuel economy rating of more than 25 miles per gallon. In addition to their top six picks, they also offer some recommended alternatives in each vehicle category. "These models all have rear-hatch entries, fold-flat seats and relatively roomy cargo areas. Fuel economy ratings, cargo capacity and base price are noted, as well as alternative vehicles that almost made the list and should be considered as well."

Considering both the top picks and alternative choices, the Saturn Vue occupied two spots on the list below:

  • Subaru Forester (also check out the Suzuki Forenza wagon and Volkswagen Passat wagon)
  • Pontiac Vibe and Honda Fit (also check out the Kia Rondo)
  • Scion xB (also check out the Honda Element)
  • Saturn Vue (also check out the Saturn Vue Hybrid)
  • Dodge Grand Caravan (also check out the Mazda 5)

Source: The Pet Connection

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Mysterious Ohio Based Investment Group Arises as a Potential Buyer

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Update on May 7th: Leading negotiations for this group is Gary Marvicsin. Detroit News reports that he is employed in the auto industry.

Detroit News reports that there is a mysterious Ohio based investment group interested in acquiring Saturn. Unlike the other interested buyers, this group has developed a concept to keep the company domestically based. According to the article, the group is interested in purchasing domestically abandoned manufacturing plants to produce Saturns. Chrysler plants that are targeted to close due to bankruptcy troubles were specifically mentioned. The group wants to continue to employee UAW workers at these plants. While recognizing the high costs associated with employing union workers, such as benefits and pensions, the group believes that it is the right move for two reasons.