Vue Hybrid Offers Reasonable Power

The Tampa Tribune recently drove Saturn's 2008 Vue Green Line hybrid and concluded that the "European-inspired and redesigned Vue sports bold looks that are coupled with reasonable power and a functional interior. The Green Line hybrid, in particular, should appeal to an array of buyers because of its fuel-saving capabilities." Click the link below to read the full review.

A 2.4-liter inline-4 cylinder engine develops 172 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 167 pounds-feet of torque at 4500 rpm. It is mated to an electric motor/generator, which provides electric power assist to save fuel. The regenerative braking captures energy as the vehicle slows or stops. The energy is sent to the battery and used later for acceleration assist. An electric power-assisted, rack-and-pinion steering system guides the SUV, equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission. The front gets an independent strut-type suspension with coil springs and stabilizer bar while the rear has a multilink independent suspension made of a trailing arm with three lateral locating links, coil springs and stabilizer bar. Stopping abilities are left up to the capable 11.7-inch front and 11.9-inch rear vented discs. The Vue boasts a turning curb-to-curb circle of 40 feet, quite impressive for an SUV.

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Automotive News reports that Saturn is considering building a Red Line version of its upcoming Aura midsize car - compete with at least a 300 horsepower powerplant. "It makes sense to get there, and we're talking about proposals that could make it happen," Gene Stefanyshyn, the previous vehicle line executive for GM's Epsilon architecture told Automotive News.