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The State of the 'Other Hybrids' (Visit this link)

Battery issues slowed down Saturn's hybrid rollout earlier this year, including a recall, and both the Vue and the Saturn Aura hybrid sedan just got back on track in May. Roughly 300 hybrid Vues were sold in May, and that's as many as they're shipping. According to Saturn spokesman Mike Morrissey, allocations are tight, with roughly one hybrid Vue going to each dealer in the country. We called two local dealers in Chicago, and both said they got one each and that they may call people who want to be on a list, but if you take three days to get to the dealership, it will be sold. Morrissey says the company will produce more hybrids over the next two months, before the model year changes to 2009 in late summer. There won't be a dip in supply, though, because there are no major differences between the 2008 and 2009 model years of this Vue. A more-efficient two-mode hybrid Vue will go on sale in January 2009.

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