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Old 08-09-2009, 10:25 PM   #1
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Default Did Buick's SUV Announcement Hint at New Powertrain Options for the 2011 Saturn Vue?

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Last week General Motors announced Buick would begin selling a new compact crossover in 2010. Later in 2011, the vehicle will feature the company's state-of-the-art plug-in hybrid technology. The Buick will be launched with two of fuel-efficient direct-injected gasoline engines: Ecotec 2.4L direct-injected four-cylinder engine with an optional 3.0L direct-injected V6. GM says the 2.4L will deliver 30 miles per gallon or more on the highway, a modest statement since the redesigned and just released 2010 Chevrolet Equinox with the same powertrain earned a 32 mpg rating by the EPA.

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Old 08-09-2009, 11:49 PM   #2
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Default Re: Did Buick's SUV Announcement Hint at New Powertrain Options for the 2011 Saturn V

"The new five-passenger crossover will build on the success of the Buick Enclave, offering the brand's finely crafted execution and premium driving experience in a fuel-efficient package."

Buick's finely crafted execution? The Equinox, Vue, Terrain, and this all come off the same assembly line. This is just more of the "old GM" talking.

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Old 08-10-2009, 12:35 AM   #3
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Default Re: Did Buick's SUV Announcement Hint at New Powertrain Options for the 2011 Saturn V

Unless GM and Penske obtains a good relationship, I doubt that there will be a GM sourced VUE in 2011. The 2011 VUE may be on a Nissan/Renault/Samsung platform.

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Old 08-10-2009, 06:49 AM   #4
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So, let me get this straight. GM makes this Buick that is less fuel efficent than the Chevy. But with a better build quality. (I assume it costs more too.)

Why on earth can't a Buick have BETTER fuel economy and be built well, and priced well?? Oh yeah, that is how GM continues to shoot itself in the foot.

I predict that the saturn will be the same (w/o upgrades) until it is gone. ala ION, S-series, L-series, sky, and relay. Did anyone see great improvements in the last model year of those cars? I didn't.
Please don't get your hopes up.

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Old 08-10-2009, 08:00 AM   #5
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It sounds like GM is slotting the Buick Vue to consume the excess build capacity of the Mexico plant. Just how much excess capacity it will have depends on Penske and his plans for the Saturn Vue.

It do not see why Penske would not want in on a plug-in Vue or access to a refreshed Vue with DI engines. The alternative is a 100% distribution and supply change to source a small SUV from a different manufacture.

It will be interesting to see what the future product plans are once the deal with GM is completed. I expect at least one or two of the current offerings to be extended via a GM sourcing agreement past the currently announced time frame, just do not know which ones.

Sourcing a new small car and replacing all three of the soldiers left standing by 2011 would be a very large pill to swallow for a lean, mean, costs to the bone Penske Saturn.

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"The new five-passenger crossover will build on the success of the Buick Enclave, offering the brand's finely crafted execution and premium driving experience in a fuel-efficient package."

Buick's finely crafted execution? The Equinox, Vue, Terrain, and this all come off the same assembly line. This is just more of the "old GM" talking.
Your thinking may be correct but your facts are off...the Vue is built by GM in Mexico, the Equinox & Terrain are built in Canada by CAMI...

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Your thinking may be correct but your facts are off...the Vue is built by GM in Mexico, the Equinox & Terrain are built in Canada by CAMI...http://www.cami.ca/
Where will the new Buick be built? It will come off one of those two lines, either of which will certainly not be dedicated to Buick alone.

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Where will the new Buick be built? It will come off one of those two lines, either of which will certainly not be dedicated to Buick alone.
I know a guy at CAMI and they're only building the Nox and Terrain...my guess: Mexico...

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Old 08-13-2009, 06:19 PM   #9
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Here is our local, I work at CAMI. We should be hearing something soon at work about this. they are trying to keep it hush hush, but word is travelling quick........ local88 .ca

I have a pic a what it will look like,,,, just cant post any link....I will send pic to John95

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