Jill Lajdziak Blogs About Saturn at NAIAS '08

Over at GM's Fast Lane blog yesterday, Saturn general manager Jill Lajdziak wrote about the three vehicles Saturn introduced at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS): the 2009 Vue Green Line 2 Mode Hybrid, the Vue Plug-In Hybrid, and the Flextreme concept. Saturn's debuts in Detroit show just how committed GM is to continuing the evolution of Saturn, and how Saturn is committed to being one of GM's leading, most fuel-efficient car companies.

Here's what she had to say:

As one of the industry's fastest growing brands in 2007, Saturn clearly is plugged into the demands of our customers. With the slate of vehicles that Saturn debuted today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, I am convinced we will remain "plugged in" for years to come.

Great design and environmentally friendly technology have become hallmarks of the Saturn brand. When you look at the vehicles we introduced this week, you can see we are sticking with that winning formula.

The 2009 Vue Green Line 2 Mode Hybrid will provide at least a 50 percent increase in combined city and highway fuel economy while maintaining impressive performance and utility. We are going to keep working on improving the fuel economy numbers between now and the start of production, and we expect the city mileage to be really impressive.

The Vue Plug-In Hybrid vehicle demonstrates our commitment to build the industry’s first regular production plug-in, possibly as early as 2010. With the potential for an all-electric range at slow speeds of up to 10 miles, the plug-in version of the Vue could double the fuel economy of any SUV currently on the road.

The Flextreme concept vehicle illustrates our continued design collaboration with GM's Opel brand and features GM's breakthrough E-Flex electric propulsion technology, which provides up to 34 miles of all-electric, emissions-free range. The vehicle is powered by electric motors and a lithium-ion battery that can be plugged in and recharged at a household outlet. On the road, a clean and efficient 1.3L turbo-diesel onboard engine generates additional electricity to replenish the battery and extend the vehicle's driving range.

Our performance last year was strong with sales increasing by 6%, while the industry as whole was down 3%. With products like our new hybrids shaping the future of Saturn, we will build on that success and reach even greater heights. Take a look at these three vehicles and let us know what you think.

Source: GM Fast Lane Blog

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