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Old 08-03-2005, 08:58 AM   #1
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Saturn goes green with its new models

By Dale Jewett
Automotive News / August 02, 2005

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Saturn is positioning itself as an eco-friendly brand starting next year with at least two models planned. The vehicles will be called Green Line.

The first, a version of the Saturn Vue SUV equipped with a fuel-saving starter/generator, goes on sale next summer as a 2007 model, says Jill Lajdziak, Saturn general manager. The starter/generator system will save fuel by shutting down the engine when the vehicle stops.

“Environmental friendliness has been a core value of Saturn, and will be an important part of its future,” Lajdziak said Tuesday at the Management Briefing Seminars. She did not name the other Green Line vehicles.

The Green Line Saturns contrasts to the brand’s high-performance offerings, marketed as the Red Line Ion and Red Line Vue.

Saturn will also introduce a sport wagon for the 2007 model year that will be called the Outlook. A mid-sized sedan that arrives next summer will retain the Aura name used on the concept car last January, Lajdziak said.

Those vehicles, along with the arrival of the Sky roadster that arrives in showrooms early next year, will double the number of models in Saturn’s lineup.

The new models now give Saturn the right products to go with its success in marketing and delivering a pleasant retail experience, Lajdziak said.

That’s why the Sky roadster is being launched first. “It’s the fastest way we can change the perception of our product,” Lajdziak said. “It sets the design direction for the rest of our lineup.”

The Outlook will have seating for up to eight passengers in three rows, and the interior space of a full-sized SUV, Lajdziak said.

The Outlook will use General Motors’ Lambda vehicle architecture, which can be set up for front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, according to the Automotive News Future Product series.

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Old 08-04-2005, 03:32 AM   #2
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Saturn is positioning itself as an eco-friendly brand starting next year with at least two models planned. The vehicles will be called Green Line.
I would be willing to bet the other model would be the Opel, er, I mean, ION.

Grrrr...I wish they started this Green Line thing much sooner...A Polymer ION hybrid would have been my perfect car.

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Old 08-04-2005, 07:57 AM   #3
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Default Re: 2007 Saturn "Green Line" vehicles to emphasize fuel economy

Imagine the bugs in this technology if GM makes it.

Remember the CVT before becoming a GM beta tester.

GM needs 3 years to either get it right or abandon the effort.

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Imagine the bugs in this technology if GM makes it.

Remember the CVT before becoming a GM beta tester.

GM needs 3 years to either get it right or abandon the effort.
...or to get it right just before abandoning the tainted project.

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