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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Ion Production to Move to Lordstown

The Plain Dealer reported this weekend that General Motors plans to move production of the Saturn Ion from Spring Hill, Tennessee to Lordstown, Ohio. The plan, which has been rumored for months, has not been officially announced or confirmed by GM. The Lordstown Assembly Plant currently builds the Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac Pursuit (which is only sold in Canada) compact cars.