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Old 06-07-2009, 11:27 PM   #1
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Michelle Krebs from Edmunds Auto Observer: In light of the U.S. government's emphasis on available funding for alternative-powered vehicles, Penske said "electric vehicles will be right at the forefront" and "might be the first vehicles produced in the U.S." under this new Saturn arrangement with foreign partners. A former racecar driver and still a race-team owner, Penske said performance, which Saturn tried to highlight with its Red Line models, will take a backseat for now.

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Old 06-08-2009, 08:23 AM   #2
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Default Re: Penske Envisions Saturn as a Global Motors, Says Electric Models May be "First Ve

Well, here's the next electric Penske Saturn:


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Old 06-08-2009, 09:20 AM   #3
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Default Re: Penske Envisions Saturn as a Global Motors, Says Electric Models May be "First Ve

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Well, here's the next electric Penske Saturn:


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Do you really think Penske is that stupid? Seriously?

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Old 06-08-2009, 11:28 AM   #4
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Default Re: Penske Envisions Saturn as a Global Motors, Says Electric Models May be "First Ve

Actually, there are some very attractive and practical totally electric vehicles being considered in the world. BYD in China got a Warren Buffett investment in April. Check it out:

http://www.byd.com/showroom.php?car=e6

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Old 06-08-2009, 12:21 PM   #5
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Default Re: Penske Envisions Saturn as a Global Motors, Says Electric Models May be "First Ve

If anything, knowing Penske's discussions with Renault/Nissan, this could be the basis of an electric Saturn:


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Old 06-08-2009, 12:47 PM   #6
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Default Re: Penske Envisions Saturn as a Global Motors, Says Electric Models May be "First Ve

The Chinese are going full tilt in the development of electric vehicles - and with GOVERNMENT SUPPORT.

They know that fossil fuels are limited and will become expensive. They think long term.

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Old 06-08-2009, 01:07 PM   #7
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Anybody heard of the RAV4 EV? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_RAV4_EV
http://www.evnut.com/rav_owner_gallery.htm
From the reports I read, it was pretty successful - but it still met the same fate as the EV1. This is the kind of vehicle I could go for.

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Old 06-08-2009, 02:10 PM   #8
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The Chinese ... know that fossil fuels are limited and will become expensive. They think long term.
Yep, I'm afraid they're looking a lot smarter than us right now. I was impressed that China has an actual document, a "100 year plan for greatness", where they tick off scientific and technological milestones they regard as strategic.

Short term thinking is probably America's biggest weakness. I loved Treasury Secretary Regan's take in the 80s on Social Security viability in 50 years.. this was a guy whose *job* it was to look after national finances...he replied "in 50 years I'll be dead"

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Old 06-08-2009, 08:06 PM   #9
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Actually, there are some very attractive and practical totally electric vehicles being considered in the world. BYD in China got a Warren Buffett investment in April. Check it out:

http://www.byd.com/showroom.php?car=e6
This could actually be a new VUE if they were to bring it over. I would like to see the crash test on it first.

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Old 06-09-2009, 09:39 AM   #10
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Default Re: Penske Envisions Saturn as a Global Motors, Says Electric Models May be "First Ve

I'm leaning towards this being one of the new Saturns....in both electric and gasoline versions.











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Old 06-09-2009, 11:34 AM   #11
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Default Re: Penske Envisions Saturn as a Global Motors, Says Electric Models May be "First Ve

I'd be all over the Megane (especially the coupe version) if it ever gets here...But the chances of that are, I think, slim. The Megane is rather expensive - on par with Astra, so there's no reason for it to be wildly more successful than Astra was.
(I choose to bury my head in the sand on the whole "Will there still be Saturn in Canada issue".)

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Old 06-09-2009, 12:38 PM   #12
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My bet is it would be Nissan technology. I like the idea of leasing the batteries.

http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2...-may-leas.html

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Old 06-09-2009, 02:36 PM   #13
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saturn_69, stop it! I just drooled all over my keyboard over those pics.

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Old 06-09-2009, 03:04 PM   #14
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Once you drool on your keyboard once, drooling some more isn't going to make it any worse
More drool material here

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saturn_69, stop it! I just drooled all over my keyboard over those pics.
Careful, certain people here will criticize you or question your support of the American auto industry because you think that the Megane is a good looking car. And yes it is a good looking car.

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