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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Saturn Astra - the all-new sport compact car with European-bred driving dynamics - arrives at retail facilities early next year. But enthusiasts who want to be among the first to see, feel and drive the Astra can participate in one of 14 test drive programs held this fall across the United States, between October 12th and December 13th.