Vue 2-Mode, Spring Hill Plant May Not Survive GM Cuts

Sam Abuelsamid from AutoBlog: General Motors chief financial officer Ray Young held a conference call with bloggers to discuss the announcements made by CEO Fritz Henderson this morning. With whole brands and car lines being terminated in the coming months, it's clear that many more plants will be closed, but no further details have been announced. With the demise of the Saturn Outlook, it seems probable that either the Delta Township plant in Michigan or the Spring Hill Tennessee plant will be shuttered and the production of the other three Lambda CUVs consolidated in one facility. On the subject of product lines from the defunct brands, Young made it clear that none of the existing models would be ported over to the remaining four brands. That means cars like the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky are finished forever. The same fate awaits the Saturn Vue and its two-mode hybrid variant that was scheduled to launch this summer. Young wouldn't get into details, but the technology will almost certainly be transferred over to the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain.

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Flashback Friday: 2000 Saturn CV1 Concept

Flashback Friday: 2000 Saturn CV1 Concept

The CV1 - so named because it was Saturn's first real concept vehicle - explored new vehicle packaging and design features, many of which would end up playing an important role as Saturn grew its product lineup. Notable features found on the CV1 that eventually made it into production on other Saturn vehicles were the center-mounted instrument cluster (Ion), continuously variable transmission (Ion and Vue), flat-folding passenger seat (Vue), all-wheel-drive (Vue and Outlook), and LED tail-lights (Aura).