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Old 06-16-2009, 04:20 PM   #1
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In January 2008, Saturn announced that the Vue would be the recipient of an innovative two-mode, plug-in powertrain in 2011. This would have allowed the Vue to generate an average fuel economy of 35mpg. After deciding to sell Saturn, however, GM robbed Saturn of this technology and announced it would instead debut it in one of GM's four core brands.

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Old 06-16-2009, 04:37 PM   #2
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I would guess that the VUE will end up at Buick as well.
It is assembled at the same factory the Rendezvous was.

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Old 06-16-2009, 05:54 PM   #3
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We have been ROBBED!!!!

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Old 06-16-2009, 06:04 PM   #4
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really expect GM to put this technology on a shelf to collect dust just because they sold Saturn? Nice to see GM moving forward with this innovative powertrain. Looks like I may be looking at a Buick next time around...

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Old 06-16-2009, 07:45 PM   #5
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I don't think anyone was "robbed". You certainly can't blame GM for trying to get a return on their own R and D expenditures related to this powertrain. Since we the US taxpayers now own 60% of GM, I believe it is also in our interests that they recover as much as they can on their investment.

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Old 06-16-2009, 11:36 PM   #6
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Default Re: Buick Will Receive the Innovative Plug-in, Two-Mode Powertrain that was Promised

Is this the "Exciting" that Jill was talking about? If so, I'm not feeling it.

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Old 06-17-2009, 08:24 AM   #7
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Is this the "Exciting" that Jill was talking about? If so, I'm not feeling it.
No, the "exciting" part was not being stifled by GM anymore. Frankly, I can't wait to see what Penske can do with the company. He seems to be quite the antithesis to GM's NIH syndrome.

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Old 06-19-2009, 06:41 PM   #8
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Well, I guess it'll be interesting to see what their definition of a "small crossover" is.

Hard to see this as anything but sad. The plug-in Vue was at the top of my possible next vehicle list.

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If this ends up as the LaCrosse, they will have a winner on their hands!

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Old 06-26-2009, 04:19 PM   #10
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I hope PAG gets the plug-in as part of the deal to continue to purchase the Vue from GM. If not the new Chevy and GMC stretched versions of the Vue platform may make it harder to attract customers to the Saturn showrooms.

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