Video: Two Saturns Featured During Road Rally Themed GM NAIAS Press Conference, 2-Mode Plug-in Hybrid Vue Still Planned for 2010

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General Motors opened the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit yesterday with a road rally of sorts featuring 17 new and upcoming cars and crossovers – including four global premieres – that underscores GM's ongoing commitment to emotionally compelling design, leading fuel efficiency and advanced technology.  Two Saturns, four Cadillacs, one Buick, one Pontiac, one Opel, and eight Chevrolets were featured during the presentation.

The two Saturns included were the Aura midsize sedan, the 2007 North American Car of the Year, with segment-leading highway fuel economy of 33 mpg, and the upcoming plug-in hybrid electric version of the Saturn Vue compact crossover. The Vue will use a modified version of GM's two-mode hybrid system and plug-in technology, a lithium-ion battery pack, highly efficient electronics and powerful electric motors to potentially double the fuel efficiency of any current SUV.

The decision to include Saturns in the mix of featured vehicles was significant, because the lineup of cars and crossovers on display gives a glimpse of where GM's focus is for the future. Notably, no Saabs or Hummers were included in the rally. Afterward, GM North American President Troy Clarke told Automotive News that it was still working with Saturn and its retailers to plot a future for the brand. "We need some breakthrough options here," he told AN. "We can't continue brands that have no prospect of earning their way." A GM spokesman on the floor of the show said that the Vue 2-Mode Plug-in hybrid will hit the market as soon as 2010, which indicates that - despite persistent rumors to the contrary - General Motors hasn't given up on the brand.

The complete list of vehicles featured during the GM presentation included were as follows. Scroll down the page to watch a 29 minute video of the press conference.

  • Buick Lacrosse
  • Cadillac Converj Concept
  • Cadillac CTS
  • Cadillac CTS SportWagon
  • Cadillac SRX
  • Chevrolet Aveo5
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Chevrolet Cruze
  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Chevrolet Orlando
  • Chevrolet Spark
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Saturn Aura
  • Saturn Vue 2-Mode Plug-in Hybrid
  • Opel Insignia
  • Pontiac Solstice Coupe

Source: General Motors, Automotive News

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