Hybrids

Eco-Engineers from Ohio State University Win Gold at 2009 EcoCAR Competition with Modified Saturn Vue

Eco-Engineers from Ohio State University Win Gold at 2009 EcoCAR Competition with Modified Saturn Vue

Students from Ohio State University earned top honors at the 2009 finals of the EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge competition in Toronto, Canada for their design of a Extended Range Electric Vehicle (EREV). OSU took first place out of 17 universities in the U.S. and Canada that competed in the first major milestone of this three-year competition which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors, and many others including the Government of Canada.

Buick Will Receive the Innovative Plug-in, Two-Mode Powertrain that was Promised to Saturn

New Buick Crossover to be Based on the Saturn Vue

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.

GM Suspends 2010 "Mild" Hybrid Production

2009 Saturn Hybrids

Colin Bird from Cars.com: According to GM spokesman Brian Corbett, the suspension of the Malibu Hybrid is temporary and has no implications for future hybrid products from Chevrolet. The Saturn Aura Hybrid and Vue Hybrid, which use the same "mild" hybrid technology as the Malibu Hybrid, may also cease production.

Cancelled Saturn Vue Two-Mode Hybrid Rated at 28 MPG by EPA

2009 Vue 2 Mode Green Line Hybrid

Colin Bird from Cars.com: Remember the Saturn Vue Two-Mode Hybrid? If you don't, you'll never know it, as this Saturn Vue model will never go on sale. The vehicle was so close to launch that the EPA even tested it: The Vue Two-Mode would have received a 27/30 mpg city/highway, 28 mpg combined rating.

Saturn Will Not Get Vue Plug-In Hybrid

Saturn Vue Green Line Plug-In Hybrid

Tim Higgins from the Detroit Free Press: General Motors plans to use the plug-in hybrid technology long planned for its Saturn division in another brand's vehicle, a top company executive said Wednesday. GM had promised a plug-in Saturn Vue hybrid, slated for 2011. But last week GM announced plans to wind down the Saturn division earlier than previously expected.

Update: GM Will Keep Saturn Hybrid Powertrains

Saturn Plug-In Hybrid Vue

Richard Truett from Automotive News: The next-generation of General Motors hybrid technology will not be delayed by the phase out of the Saturn brand, Tom Stephens, GM's vice chairman of global product development, said today. But in a reversal of plans, Stephens told Automotive News that the drivetrain that was destined for plug-in version of the Saturn Vue hybrid will be delivered to fleets in early 2011 and could also be offered to consumers.

Is GM Tossing Product Babies Out with the Bathwater?

Richard Truett from Automotive News: GM spent billions in recent years developing terrific new vehicles and impressive new fuel-saving technology. Now much of this effort will be wasted – before it even had a chance in the market – with the closing of Saturn and Pontiac. Big mistake.

Automotive News: When Saturn Goes, So Does a Quarter of GM Hybrid Sales

General Motors Hybrid Vehicle Logo

Richard Truett from Automotive News: When General Motors closes down Saturn later this year, it will lose just over a quarter of its sales of fuel-saving hybrids – the type of vehicles that the Obama administration wants automakers to build more of.

Vue 2-Mode, Spring Hill Plant May Not Survive GM Cuts

Sam Abuelsamid from AutoBlog: General Motors chief financial officer Ray Young held a conference call with bloggers to discuss the announcements made by CEO Fritz Henderson this morning. With whole brands and car lines being terminated in the coming months, it's clear that many more plants will be closed, but no further details have been announced.

Stimulus Package and Hybrid Tax Credits Offer Consumers Many Tax-Saving Options

General Motors Hybrid Vehicle Logo

With the new stimulus package offering consumers the ability to deduct state and local taxes on new-car purchases, and a variety of tax credits available on hybrid and alternative-fuel cars, there have never been more ways for consumers to take advantage of tax benefits on new-car purchases.

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Flashback Friday: MotorWeek 1992 Small Coupe Comparison Test

It's hard to believe that it was more than 15 years ago when MotorWeek compared what host John Davis described as "a new class of subcompacts called econo-sports." Television's automotive magazine compared the '92 Saturn SC coupe to the Hyundai Scoupe, Toyota Paseo, Geo Storm, and Nissan NX1600.