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Old 01-07-2006, 09:50 AM   #1
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Visit SaturnFans.com after 12:01am EST on January 8th (tonight) for a detailed look at the 2007 VUE Green Line Hybrid. I'll have all the available information and photos posted here. Watch the unveiling live online at gmexperiencelive.com beginning at 6:15pm EST on Sunday.

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Old 01-08-2006, 04:15 AM   #2
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Default Re: 2007 Saturn VUE Green Line Hybrid Details to be Released Tonight

Cool - maybe time for a dedicated VUE Green Line forum?

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Old 01-08-2006, 10:34 AM   #3
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Default Re: 2007 Saturn VUE Green Line Hybrid Details to be Released Tonight

Just read the press release. Sounds like an interesting prospect. Wonder if Saturn will keep it FWD only or offer AWD? Ford's Escape Hybrid is available both ways.

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Old 01-08-2006, 11:57 AM   #4
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Default Re: 2007 Saturn VUE Green Line Hybrid Details to be Released Tonight

I apologize for rehashing a tired old subject but in all the excitement over the GreenLine I guess I lost track of the downs; will the 2007 VUE including GreenLine have plastic doors or metal?

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Old 01-08-2006, 12:41 PM   #5
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The 2007 Vues will still use plastic panels

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Old 01-08-2006, 02:59 PM   #6
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Default Re: 2007 Saturn VUE Green Line Hybrid Details to be Released Tonight

Any rumors on what sort of warranty Saturn plans to offer standard with 2007s, Green Line specifically ?

Main reason we chose Matrix over Vibe for my wife was that Matrix offered a 60K warranty compared to 36K warranty on the Vibe.

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Old 01-08-2006, 04:55 PM   #7
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Maybe in 2-3 year when my boyfriend has gotten into and graduated from the nursing program he can treat himself to a hybrid Vue. He is already jealous of mine. Plus by then hopefully the bugs would be worked out. I don't think I would trust getting a first model year version.

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Old 01-08-2006, 05:06 PM   #8
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Maybe in 2-3 year when my boyfriend has gotten into and graduated from the nursing program he can treat himself to a hybrid Vue. He is already jealous of mine. Plus by then hopefully the bugs would be worked out. I don't think I would trust getting a first model year version.
Or second, third, fourth... I am becoming very picky as far as cars are concerned. I am not getting another first-decade model again. I had some bad experiences with 80's Sable/Taurus, 2000 Focus, and 2004 VUE. The latter is "ok" but that is what it is -- "OK". I want my car to be great.

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Old 01-08-2006, 05:07 PM   #9
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I just don't see how you can justify paying 2-3k more for a hybrid while it get's only slightly better milage. I get 23-24 mpg consistantly driving in city conditions. At only 27mpg in city driving...it's just not that big of a difference. You would have to drive hundreds of thousands of miles to make up the difference in gas savings.

I mean you'll get the people that want a hybrid because they want to be "environmentally friendly", but I just don't see it being much better then buying a normal 4cyl vue.

just my 2 cents.

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Old 01-08-2006, 05:45 PM   #10
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I just don't see how you can justify paying 2-3k more for a hybrid while it get's only slightly better milage. I get 23-24 mpg consistantly driving in city conditions. At only 27mpg in city driving...it's just not that big of a difference. You would have to drive hundreds of thousands of miles to make up the difference in gas savings.

I mean you'll get the people that want a hybrid because they want to be "environmentally friendly", but I just don't see it being much better then buying a normal 4cyl vue.

just my 2 cents.
There is a point at which price of gas becomes sufficient expensive that you'd be willing to pay $2K extra for the hybrid.

As far as environmental issues are concerned I question the extra amount of raw materials and industrial emissions required to produce the additional drivetrain complexity. Hybrids simply shift the location where waste goes. It may not come out of your tailpipe but it has to go somewhere when you dispose of that battery and electronics.

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Old 01-08-2006, 06:10 PM   #11
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Even at $3 a gallon you would have to drive approximately 100,000 miles just to break even on the cost difference between the regular 4cyl and the hybrid 4cyl (assuming that the Hybrid version only costs $2000 more). I would venture to guess that most Vue owners do not even own their Vue for that long.

So in conclusion, I say it's not worth the extra money. Again that is just my 2 cents.

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Old 01-08-2006, 07:07 PM   #12
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Even at $3 a gallon you would have to drive approximately 100,000 miles just to break even on the cost difference between the regular 4cyl and the hybrid 4cyl (assuming that the Hybrid version only costs $2000 more). I would venture to guess that most Vue owners do not even own their Vue for that long.
Actually, at 4.2% inflation rate, 15% gas price growth (like what it was in the past few years), current prices at $2.15, annual mileage of 15000 and keeping the car for 100K miles, the hybrid VUE breaks even with a 4-cyl FWD VUE. In this scenario average fuel cost is $5.46/gallon over the life of the car.

Now, if there is some disruption every year like a hurricane and average gas prices grow at 25%/year the 4-cyl VUE becomes about 2 cents more expensive to drive for each mile driven resulting in a $2K savings over 100K miles.

How about 50% growth ? The 4-cyl VUE is almost 20 cents per mile more expensive then the hybrid, yielding $20K in savings over 100K miles.

Think of the hybrid as giving you free 3 miles for each gallon used. It is like buying pre-paid gasoline. Sort of like futures contracts.

In other words, buying a hybrid in hopes to save money on fuel needs to be viewed as a bet that gasoline prices will rise.

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Old 01-08-2006, 09:36 PM   #13
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Will the VUE be eligible for tax breaks? Those need to be part of the hybrid cost-benefit equation.

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Old 01-08-2006, 10:26 PM   #14
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To put it into perspective for me, I see that the Appearance package is almost $1400. That includes Allow Wheels, Painted Running Boards, and Rear Spoiler. If the hybrid system is under $2000 as stated in the information, then, because of the current rareness of hybrids and tax breaks, the resale value for getting the hybrid would be well worth getting compared to some of the other options for one could spend money on (like the appearance package), IMO.

But, one thing I don't understand is how they got the prices shown. If the hybrid adds less than $2000 and a 4 cylinder automatic currently starts at $19,345 then the price of a hybrid should start at $21,344 (considering when they say under $2k they mean $2K-$1 ).

Unless they say, the 2.4L carries a premium over the 2.2 (even without adding a hybrid) and then I have to assume all these new guages (for telling battery life left and optimal gas mileage, as stated to be standard on the hybrid) add to the price that aren't in the $2000 hybrid upgrade stated.

Anybody figure where they (Saturn) are getting the numbers stated, it seems like $3500 more not $2000 more?

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Old 01-09-2006, 08:05 AM   #15
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I just learned of the hybrid Vue and was initially excited.

I bought my first Vue (the 2006) model late last August. I bought it because it was inexpensive (front-wheel drive, 4 cyl., manual) while still having many "goodies" (power everything) and supposedly great fuel efficiency (the sticker claimed 29 mpg on the highway - I have never seen this). I was disappointed in the fact that I never came close to that great feul rating, but overall, the car is fine (just don't live on a hill where it snows - front-wheel drive is a nightmare for that).

When I saw a hybrid was coming out, I thought surely this would dramatically increase the mileage rating. After all, even though I don't get 29 mpg on the highway, I do get good mileage overall - so the hybrid should really improve on that.

Yet, I see rather minimal increases. Also, I fail to see an AWD or 6-cyl hybrid. That latter may not be possible, but the AWD is crucial. If I buy another SUV, I will insist it be AWD.

I hope Saturn keeps working on this - the hybrid should get better mileage and offer more options.

I will say, though, that at least the base price is reasonable. All other hybrid SUV's, including the Escape, are well over $30K. I applaud Saturn for making their hybrid be realistic in cost.

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I've driven the Green Line and it a great SUV but it main advantage is in stoplight to stoplight driving. There is no gain in open highway driving.

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I've driven the Green Line and it a great SUV but it main advantage is in stoplight to stoplight driving. There is no gain in open highway driving.
That is why I would want one, since most of my driving is exactly in those conditions. I very rarely get to drive on the freeway unless it's on long trips.

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Old 01-09-2006, 01:19 PM   #18
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I just saw on the news that some insurance companies are already offering discounts for any hybrid vehicle. Add those savings onto the claimed gas savings and it may make it more worth while.

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I love the flakey statistic they use to sell the Vue. Best highway mpg.
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The Ford Escape hybrid gets 36mpg city and 31mpg highway.

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I love the flakey statistic they use to sell the Vue. Best highway mpg.


The Ford Escape hybrid gets 36mpg city and 31mpg highway.

I'd say the real world mpg on the Escape would be higher in 99% of driving.
IMO GM was asleep at the wheel with fuel efficent vehicles.You can bet the folks at Ford will make the public very aware that the Escapes get almost 10 mpg more than the VUE in local driving.

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