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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New Low-Cost GM Hybrid System Previewed in Geneva, Will Debut in North America by 2010

General Motors Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner

As another key element in its overall global strategy to improve fuel economy and reduce oil consumption and CO2 emissions, General Motors Chairman Rick Wagoner announced yesterday that GM will introduce a second-generation version of the GM Hybrid System with a new, more powerful lithium-ion battery.