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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I drove from Vancouver, British Columbia to Victorville, California and back to Washington state in mine. I stopped off in Sacramento and picked up three more people on the way down and dropped them back off on the way back. It managed to take the Grapevine with that load passing other vehicles with ease. It got great mileage down and back with the average of 26 mpgs.