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Old 02-20-2008, 01:59 PM   #10
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Default Re: Saturn Hybrid Update

It may go further than that. With the intro of a 4 cyl Aura etc.. the difference in MPG between a "Greenline" and a conventional 4 cyl has become so relatively miniscule, that the Greenline is simply not worth the extra $$$. Consumers are doing the math, and with few real world exceptions, a Greenline will never succeed in "paying for itself" in fuel savings. Add to that owners reporting real world MPG numbers that are pretty far off the "sticker" and that bottom line...well...has the bottom fall out of it.

GM needs (needed to develop) a REAL hybrid along similiar lines to the offerings of Toyota and Honda. The Greenline system, as I have posted for over a year now, is not even in the same ballpark, it is little more than a bigger battery and starter motor used to restart a conventional 4 cylinder more often after it is shut down by some pretty simple software whenever the car is holding still for more than a few moments.

Although the wear and tear would be greater on the vehicle, I'd be willing to bet the average driver could achieve "Greenline" MPG numbers by simply shutting off their conventional 4 cyl cars at red lights and restarting them when the light turns green... no "system" needed.

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