The Hybrids are Coming, the Hybrids are Coming!

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If you're in the market for a new Saturn hybrid vehicle, you're in luck. The redesigned 2008 Vue Green Line and Aura Green Line hybrids, which have been MIA on showroom floors this model year, are finally about to start to arriving on retailer lots. A supplier issue that had been speculated as the root cause was apparently the reason for the delay.

A few months ago Saturn distributed a memo to its retail stores explaining the situation. The document also described their tentative plans to ramp up production. Unfortunately, nothing was officially official – until this past Friday.

In an effort to reinforce that it's new, uber-cool ImSaturn social networking website was designed to facilitate two-way communication between the company and its customers, Saturn's general manager Jill Lajdziak formally addressed the hybrid issue and provided an update on the situation in a recent post on her ImSaturn blog. Here's what she had to say:

One topic I've noted is your concern about the availability of the Vue and Aura hybrids. Unfortunately, we've been dealing with an initial component shortage. I’m pleased to report that the Vue Green Line,
however, is on the way! Availability will be limited, but they are already beginning to arrive at retail facilities. It is best to work with your local retailer to get "on the list" for these in-demand vehicles. The availability of Aura hybrids will also be limited. Select markets (Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Washington DC, Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Sacramento) will begin to see Aura hybrid inventory beginning around mid-May. Other areas will begin to receive vehicles with the 2009 model year, which will start production in July. We appreciate your patience as we work to boost availability.

Source: ImSaturn

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