GM: No Delay for Plug-In SUV

Saturn Vue Green Line Plug-In Hybrid

Kevin Krolicki from Reuters: General Motors is on track to launch a plug-in sport-utility vehicle in 2011 despite scrapping its Saturn brand as part of a sweeping reorganization in bankruptcy, according to the automaker's product chief. "I can tell you that I won't lose one day in terms of customers being able to walk into dealerships and actually purchase a plug-in," GM Vice Chairman Tom Stephens said in an interview. Last year GM also announced plans for a plug-in version of its Saturn Vue SUV that would carry a lithium-ion battery pack rechargeable at a standard outlet, reducing the need for gas consumption from its 3.6-liter engine. The Saturn Vue plug-in was being designed with the ability to be driven 10 miles on electric power alone. But GM's plans to launch the rechargeable SUV were complicated by a decision to drop the Saturn brand this year. Stephens said work on the plug-in technology behind the Saturn Vue remained on track. He said the vehicle that would replace the now-scrapped Saturn would be an SUV from one of GM's four remaining brands: Chevy, Cadillac, Buick and GMC.

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The first 2009 Saturn brochures are beginning to show up at retail facilities around the country. This year's book features glossy pages with sharp, vivid color photos. FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) paper was used and, according to Saturn, that means "a minimum of 30% post-consumer recovered fiber" is used in the creation of the paper. In addition, the company says the "electricity used in the manufacturing process is generated from renewable resources."