Hybrids

Next-Gen Saturn Astra to Offer Hybrid Option

General Motors engineers are developing a hybrid version of the company's next-generation Astra compact car to be sold by Saturn in North America and Opel in Europe.

Plug-in Vue Coming 'in 2009-ish'

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Saturn general manager Jill Lajdziak told reporters in Frankfurt at the 2007 International Motor Show that progress was moving along "very quickly," and the brand will introduce a plug-in version of its Saturn Vue Green Line hybrid "in 2009-ish."

Lajdziak was in Germany to unveil the production version of the 2008 Saturn Astra hatchback.

Electric Driving with E-Flex

General Motors unveiled its third variant of its electric vehicle architecture E-Flex, the Opel Flextreme, earlier this week. Its energy source is a battery that powers the electric motor. Another energy source on board – such as a hydrogen fuel-cell or combustion engine – provides more power to increase operating range.

Plug-in Saturn Vue Will Deliver 70 MPG

News last week that General Motors will offer three different hybrid versions of its upcoming all-new Saturn Vue sport-utility is great news for consumers looking to maximize the distances they can travel between fill-ups. The most intriguing offering is the plug-in variant that will allow owners to recharge the car's battery by plugging it in to a 110-volt outlet when not in use.

Saturn to Produce Plug-in Hybrid Vue

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Saturn intends to produce a plug-in version of its Vue Green Line hybrid that has the potential to achieve double the fuel efficiency of any current SUV, the automaker announced at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show.

Front-Wheel-Drive, 2-Mode Hybrid System to Debut in 2008

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General Motors will expand the industry's most diverse portfolio of hybrid technologies in 2008 with the debut of its front-wheel-drive, 2-mode hybrid system in the Saturn Vue Green Line SUV, the automaker announced at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show.

Lajdziak Offers Glimpse at Future, Saturn Will Offer Seven Vehicles by End of '07

Saturn General Manager, Jill Lajdziak, was in New York last week to give a presentation to automotive reporters at the International Motor Press Association. She talked about the state of Saturn and answered questions afterwards about the brand. MediaPost was at the luncheon event and reported some interesting tidbits of information from the meeting.

Two Hybrid Powertrains Planned for Next-Gen Vue

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The 2007 Vue Green Line hasn't even arrived at Saturn retail facilities yet, and there's already talk about what we can expect from a hybrid perspective when the all-new 2008 Vue arrives. The next generation Saturn Vue will reportedly offer two hybrid options when it debuts in second half of 2007, according to a report this week in The Car Connection (TCC).

Aura Green Line Hybrid Coming

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The Chicago Tribune reports that General Motors has confirmed rumors surrounding the company's plans for a hybrid version of the upcoming Saturn Aura. SaturnFans.com has been reporting about a hybrid Saturn midsize car for quite awhile, but it is believed that this is the first time that a GM executive has publicly spoken about it.

Green Line Vue Prototype Receives Kudos

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After getting the chance to get behind the wheel to test drive a prototype version of the upcoming 2007 Saturn Vue Green Line, BusinessWeek magazine gave the vehicle a very positive review.

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If Ever There was a Car Company Living the Cinderella Story, It's Saturn

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: After years of having a lineup that included cars so mediocre that Saturn was consigned to forlornly sitting by the automotive industry "fireplace" dreaming of the big dance, while the competition went to the ball and gathered admirers. Not any more.