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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CNNMoney.com Calls Saturn Aura One of June's Hottest Car Deals

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With the 2008 model year winding down, summertime car deals are beginning to ramp up. "Here are some incentive packages that we think are worth a look," wrote the CNNMoney.com in an article posted this afternoon. Just yesterday, Saturn announced a zero-percent financing offer for the Sky, Vue, and Aura. Today, the website named Saturn's Aura one of this month's "hottest" deals.