Green Line Vue Has European Flair and Good Mileage

The Oregonian's Tom Kehoe takes a look at the hybrid Saturn Vue in his "Drive Time" column in the paper today.

During the test week, the Vue's design received favorable comments. An aggressive front fascia, accentuated fender flares and simulated air vents on the front fenders provide a muscular appearance. The Green Line is differentiated from its siblings by a slightly lower stance and hybrid badging. The hybrid system combines an electric motor/generator with the gas engine, and power goes to the front wheels through a 4-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode. Saturn engineers have minimized the Green Line's fuel usage in four ways: shutting off the engine at idle; providing an electric power assist during acceleration; early fuel cut-off during deceleration; and capturing energy through regenerative braking.

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Chevrolet Plans to Offer Vue-based SUV in 2004

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Last week General Motors confirmed rumors that Chevrolet will replace its aging Tracker SUV with a version of the Saturn Vue in 2004, as a 2005 model. The new SUV will be called the Equinox. Like the Vue, the Equinox will be a five-passenger sport-utility built on GM's Theta architecture.