Fuel Economy

Astra Ranks Among the J.D. Power Automotive Environmental Index Top 30

While most automotive manufacturers have shifted production to focus on smaller vehicles, nearly 70 percent of consumers say they want manufacturers to invest more in existing and emerging powertrain technologies, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Alternative Powertrain Study released today.

Auto Reviewer Gets 37 MPG During Astra Test

Auto reviewer Duncan Haimerl from the Hartford Courant recently drove a 2008 Saturn Astra and decided to consciously drive with a "featherweight touch" to see how it would impact the vehicle's fuel economy. The result? Over a 184 mile loop he only used 5.002 gallons of gas, which calculates to be a combined city/highway fuel economy of 36.79 miles per gallon! So Astra owners, what's the highest MPG you've calculated with your cars?

Outlook's Fuel Economy Gets Even Better for '09

2008 Outlook XR

Saturn revealed via its ImSaturn blog that the 2009 Outlook, which will come equipped with a new General Motors 3.6L direct injection six-cylinder engine, will offer both more horsepower and better fuel economy than in past model years. The new powerplant boosts horsepower ratings in the crossover (up to 288 in XR models and 281 in the XE).

2008 Saturn Outlook Print Ad

2008 Saturn Outlook Print Ad

I don't know when I started receiving "Dwell" magazine, and I don't know why. Neither my wife nor I can recall subscribing to it, but its been showing up in our mailbox every month. I'm guessing it was a gift, but I feel bad for not remembering who might have given me the subscription. Maybe I was on a mailing list and I'm now "test driving" the magazine for free for a few months...

GM's Fairfax Plant Revs Up for Fuel-Efficient Aura, Changeover to '09 Model Planned for Tomorrow

The Kansas City Business Journal reports that General Motors is planning to start building the 2009 Saturn Aura beginning this Friday. In addition, the plant been given approval to work overtime to increase production. For '09, the 2.4L Aura will offer customers a class-leading 33 mpg EPA fuel economy rating.

2009 Saturn Aura Fuel Economy Figures Revealed

Saturn teased fans with a riddle late last month on it's ImSaturn.com social networking site about how in 2009, 4x6 would equal 33. If you're still trying to figure out what all that means, you can stop guessing.

Eight Fuel-Sipping SUV Alternatives

CNNMoney.com recently provided their picks for the best vehicles in 2008 that give you "room and utility you need without paying a gas pump penalty." The Saturn Vue Green Line was one of their choices. See what they had to say.

AMP Taking Orders for Electric Sky Conversions

Electric Saturn Sky

After one year development, an Ohio company is now taking orders to convert a gasoline-powered Saturn Skys to 100% electric power. The company, Advanced Mechanical Products (AMP), is replacing the combustion drivetrain with electric motors, safe lithium batteries, and proprietary control software. "The prototype is in the final stage, and production will take place later this year, with deliveries beginning in 2009," said Jack Kuntz, AMP CEO.

Virginia Tech and 16 Other Colleges Compete in EcoCAR Challenge with Saturn's Vue

Virginia Tech

The U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors, and Natural Resources Canada announced this week that my alma mater – Virginia Tech – and 16 other teams have been selected to participate in EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, a collegiate vehicle engineering competition set to begin in the fall of 2008.

First Drive: Saturn Aura and HCCI

Benjamin Jones from EcoGeek recently had an opportunity to drive a Saturn Aura prototype equipped with a GM 2.4L Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) powerplant. Read his thoughts about how the new fuel-efficient technology works from a driver's perspective.

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The Saturn Vue, completely redesigned for 2008, makes history just one model year into its launch when the 2009 Saturn Vue 2 Mode Hybrid goes into production in late 2008. It is expected to be the world's most fuel-efficient V-6 SUV, providing an estimated 50-percent increase in fuel economy compared to the non-hybrid Vue XR.