Lutz: Possible Phaseout of Saturn in the Works Well Before Congressional Review

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Detroit Free Press columnist Tom Walsh: Even the possible phaseout of GM's Saturn division, Lutz said, was in the works well before Congress demanded that GM produce a so-called viability plan by December 2 to show it can become self-sufficient and pay back its loans. Saturn has its best-reviewed product lineup in years, including the Aura sedan. But GM management made a proactive move to look at phasing out the brand because its sales didn't match the critical acclaim. "We had to reassess. There's simply not enough money to support all the brands," he said.

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Hybrid Vue Due in 2006

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General Motors Executive Director of Hybrid Powertrains, Larry Nitz, recently talked with Automotive Industries for an article about advanced powertrains. A 42-volt belt alternator starter, so-called "mild hybrid" system, is slated to be introduced next year in the 2006 Saturn Vue Green Line.