Saturn Will Soon Offer a Wider Array of Hybrids than Any Other Brand

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You may remember reading a report on SaturnFans.com last month about Saturn removing its catchy "Green Line" label from its hybrid vehicles beginning with its 2009 model year vehicles. Well, the Detroit Free Press published a story about the same topic earlier today, but added an interesting point that makes it worthwhile to revisit the subject again: Saturn will soon offer more types of hybrids than any other automaker. The brand will sell a three types of hybrids in the near future: the current Aura and Vue "mild" belt-alternator-starter hybrids, the 2009 Vue 2-Mode Hybrid due out this fall, and the upcoming Vue Plug-in Hybrid.

Saturn will drop its "Green Line" badge with the 2009 model year, though the General Motors brand will introduce a growing family of the hybrid gasoline-electric models for which it created the Green Line name. GM has decided that simply calling gasoline-electric vehicles hybrids – the term everybody understands – makes more sense than coming up with cutesy marketing names. In addition, Saturn should shortly have three types of hybrids on the road – a wider array than any other brand. Each will have its own name. Going forward, Saturn's vehicles will be identified by the model name and type of hybrid system.

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2008 "ClapSaturn" Aura XE

2008 "ClapSaturn" Aura XE

I was fortunate enough to meet up with Al Clapsaddle, sales consultant at Saturn/West, earlier this week for breakfast during a brief stop in Columbus, Ohio. I had an opportunity to get an up close look at his newly-modified 2008 Aura midsize sedan. Over the years Al has enjoyed personalizing all of his Saturns, and his '08 Aura is no different.