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Green Car Journal Tests the Vue 2-Mode Hybrid (Visit this link)

Step on the gas of the Saturn 2 Mode Hybrid and be prepared for an exhilarating ride. With the added kick from electric assist, Saturn’s new advanced hybrid really scoots thanks to 262 horsepower and 250 lbs-ft of torque. Improved acceleration is important, but for many the added fuel economy provided by electric drive at both low and high speed will likely be the primary appeal. We were also impressed with the fully blended electro-hydraulic brake system that enables regenerative braking, traditional four wheel disc friction braking, or a combination of the two. Brake pedal feel is quite normal with great stopping power. The Vue 2 Mode's 1.8 kWh 300V battery pack has 22 nickel-metal-hydride modules and is mounted below the rear cargo floor. The battery is liquid cooled, allowing GM to be a little more aggressive with battery operation. The battery eliminates the space for a spare tire, but a tire inflator is standard and if that doesn't work there is always On-Star.

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