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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GM: "We are Completely Behind Saturn"

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Sharon Terlep from the Dow Jones by way of CNN/Money: General Motors sales chief Mark LaNeve on Monday played down speculation the auto maker will kill its Saturn brand, saying GM is instead focused on finding a new business model for the money-losing lineup. "We have a very successful consumer brand with Saturn. We need to find the right business model," said LaNeve, adding that the company has received hundreds of letters from Saturn customers supporting the brand.