Video: Update on the 2009 Saturn Vue 2-Mode Hybrid

2009 Vue 2 Mode Green Line Hybrid

From HybridSUV.com: This green SUV will have a 3.6-liter V6 under the hood to garner 260 horsepower, zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds, all while boasting a 3,500-pound towing capacity. It will also include GM's first front-wheel-drive two-mode transmission and a total driving range of more than 500 miles per tank of gas. Boasting a 50% improvement in overall fuel economy (when compared to the Vue XR V6 model), we fully expect this to be a big hit, especially if gas prices begin creeping back up in preparation for the upcoming driving season. This figures out to roughly 28 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. In terms of MSRP, the estimates have been all over the board. Edmunds was told to expect it to be a bit less than $33,000, so we'll stick with that until we hear otherwise.

Separately, Saturn posted an video preview of the Vue 2-Mode hybrid on YouTube Friday. Watch it below:

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General Motors, Saturn LLC, and Saturn Distribution Corporation All File for Bankruptcy Protection

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As expected, GM filed for bankruptcy protection this morning in a New York based Bankruptcy Court. Fritz Henderson, GM's CEO, told reporters that "Our agreement with the U.S. Treasury and the governments of Canada and Ontario will create a leaner, quicker more customer-and completely product-focused company, one that's more cost competitive and has a competitive balance sheet. This new GM will be built from the strongest parts of our business, including our best brands and products."