GM Says It Has a Hybrid that Can Beat Toyota

David Welch from Business Week: Every throne has its challengers, or pretenders in some cases, and Toyota's hybrid crown is finally getting a bit of a test. Not only has Ford said its Fusion hybrid will have a better fuel economy rating than the Camry hybrid, but General Motors is making a play to beat Toyota, too. In a couple months, Saturn will start selling a hybrid version of its Vue with the two-mode system that powers the hybrid Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade. (Saturn already sells a mild hybrid system in the Vue.) GM still doesn't have a government rating for the two-mode Vue's fuel economy, but indications are that it will beat the hybrid Toyota Highlander by a nose.

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Bloomberg reported Friday that Saturn is considering adding a smaller vehicle, slotted beneath the upcoming Astra compact, to its lineup in the next few years. "We think there is definitely room at the bottom for an economy car for Saturn," Lisa Hutchinson, Saturn's product development director, told the news service in New York.