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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Plug-In Vue Hybrid Previewed at "Plug-In 2008" Convention

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Saturn Vue Green Line Plug-In Hybrid

GMnext contributor Matt Kelly talked to Larry Nitz, GM's executive director of powertrain engineering, at "Plug-In 2008" in San Jose, California last month about the upcoming Saturn Vue Plug-In Hybrid. He was excited by what he heard and saw. "The vehicle's lithium-ion battery will allow it to double its fuel economy for about 20 miles," Kelly wrote on the GMnext blog.