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Plug-In Hybrid Vue to "Make it to Market in 2011"

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Saturn Plug-In Hybrid Vue

In a story published last week in the Detroit Free Press newspaper, General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz discussed how GM had selection of a battery provider for the upcoming Chevrolet Volt - a vehicle that he felt shouldn't be defined as a merely a hybrid. More importantly for Saturn fans, he revealed that the Saturn Vue Plug-In Hybrid will be available in 2011.

U.S. Production Planned for Next Saturn Astra

Motor Authority reports by way of Auto Motor und Sport that GM plans to build the next-generation Saturn Astra in the United States. In an article discussing the future production plans for the Opel Astra, the website wrote that the new Astra "will be available in coupe, three and five-door hatchbacks and wagon, and possibly a sedan, and is expected to first go on sale in Europe in early 2010."

Next-Gen GM Kappa Architecture Shelved?

GM Inside News reports that the vehicle architecture being developed to support the next-generation Saturn Sky, Pontiac Solstice, and a host of other similar GM two-seat compact roadsters sold worldwide has been shelved. "Kappa II Platform Axed From R&D," read the headline on the GMI's website last night.

Jill Lajdziak Wants to Know What You Want

Is your new Saturn missing something? Are you in the market for a new car and wish Saturn offered a something different that better suited your needs? What would you like to see from Saturn in the future? Saturn's general manager, Jill Lajdziak, wants to know what's on your mind.

Plug-In Vue Hybrid Previewed at "Plug-In 2008" Convention

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Saturn Vue Green Line Plug-In Hybrid

GMnext contributor Matt Kelly talked to Larry Nitz, GM's executive director of powertrain engineering, at "Plug-In 2008" in San Jose, California last month about the upcoming Saturn Vue Plug-In Hybrid. He was excited by what he heard and saw. "The vehicle's lithium-ion battery will allow it to double its fuel economy for about 20 miles," Kelly wrote on the GMnext blog.

GM's Powertrain Plan: Less Weight, Better Technology

CNET's Car Tech blog featured an article recently published by Automotive News that described General Motors' multi-pronged approach to boosting it's corporate average fuel economy in coming years.

Video: GM "Beautiful Blue" Olympic Television Ad Features Saturn Sky, Flextreme

If you watched the opening ceremony of the Olympics Friday night, you saw the General Motors television ad that caused quite a stir in the Saturn community over the weekend. The sleek, red Saturn-badged vehicle that flashed across the screen at the end of the commercial had folks asking, "was that a Saturn?" Indeed, it was.

Flashback Friday: 2000 Saturn CV1 Concept

Flashback Friday: 2000 Saturn CV1 Concept

The CV1 - so named because it was Saturn's first real concept vehicle - explored new vehicle packaging and design features, many of which would end up playing an important role as Saturn grew its product lineup. Notable features found on the CV1 that eventually made it into production on other Saturn vehicles were the center-mounted instrument cluster (Ion), continuously variable transmission (Ion and Vue), flat-folding passenger seat (Vue), all-wheel-drive (Vue and Outlook), and LED tail-lights (Aura).

Meriva is Called a Car Saturn Needs Now

Opel Meriva Concept

CNNMoney.com assembled a list of vehicles it thinks GM should put into production as soon as possible. "General Motors' product pipeline contains some interesting products that could help bolster swooning sales," wrote the website. One new concept was picked and profiled for each of the company's brands.

Details Emerge About the 2nd-Generation GM Mild Hybrid System

Edmunds.com's Green Car Advisor reports that GM "has developed a second-generation mild hybrid system that for the first time takes advantage of powerful, lightweight lithium ion batteries to provide more power and a slight increase in fuel economy." The new system will reportedly be available in 2010 Saturns "with a lot of growth potential" across GM's worldwide product line, according to Stephan Poulos, GM's global chief engineer for hybrid systems.