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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On May 12th reported that there were 12 parties interested in purchasing Saturn. Today, Bloomberg News reports that GM has narrowed down the list of Saturn suitors to two, possibly three parties. This new thread of information was gathered from a person who is supposedly close to GM's private discussions. The names of two parties were disclosed by the insider: Penske Automotive Group and Black Oak Partners.