Little Bulldog is Easy on Gas

David Booth from the National Post newspaper writes about how the most unique thing about the 2008 Vue Green Line is that it gets the "best highway fuel economy rating of any SUV offered in Canada." In addition, "the Vue is quite a looker."

Saturn credits its belt-alternator-starter (BAS) system for this frugality. The Vue's "mild" hybrid technology is also less complex than most other hybrids, its BAS motor connected to the four-cylinder Ecotec's fan belt, eliminating the need for a separate input to the transmission as well as some of the associated complex electronics. On the other hand, unlike more sophisticated hybrids – the Ford Escape and Toyota Prius come to mind – the Vue's electric motor cannot drive the wheels on its own. However, Saturn says the BAS system can add up to seven horsepower and just shy of 50 pound-feet of torque to the 2.4L engine's output.

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NYIAS Recap: 2008 Vue Red Line

If you live in the New York metropolitan area, I strongly encourage you to hop into your Saturn and drive over to the Jacob Javits Convention Center this week. On display, you'll find the completely revitalized Saturn lineup. The oldest model on hand is the Saturn Sky roadster. I just got back from my trip to NYC last week, and I'm in the process of formating and uploading all of my photos.