Update: GM Will Keep Saturn Hybrid Powertrains

Saturn Plug-In Hybrid Vue

Richard Truett from Automotive News: The next-generation of General Motors hybrid technology will not be delayed by the phase out of the Saturn brand, Tom Stephens, GM's vice chairman of global product development, said today. But in a reversal of plans, Stephens told Automotive News that the drivetrain that was destined for plug-in version of the Saturn Vue hybrid will be delivered to fleets in early 2011 and could also be offered to consumers. Stephens would not say which vehicle will get the powertrain, except that it would be one of GM's four core brands, Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC or Buick.

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Report: GM Wants $2.4 Billion in Canadian Aid for Next-Generation Buick Regal

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David Thomas from Cars.com Kicking Tires: If you think domestic automakers are only hitting up U.S. taxpayers for help, go north of the border. Canada's National Post newspaper reported today that General Motors is asking the Canadian government for $2.4 billion in aid. In exchange, it promises to bring a new Buick model — the Regal, which is already sold in China — to its Ontario plant for North American distribution. GM says it will position the Regal to compete with the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, but doesn't say what its new LaCrosse — set to debut in Detroit next month — will be positioned against.