General Motors Donates Two Saturn Vue Hybrids to Michigan Technical University

2009 Vue 2 Mode Green Line Hybrid

Jennifer Donovan from MTU: "The donation of these vehicles from GM will enable us to further our research in reducing fuel consumption and emissions, including enabling near-zero emissions for biofueled vehicles," said Jeff Naber, a professor of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics at Michigan Tech and a lead researcher and director of the Advanced Internal Combustion Laboratories at Michigan Tech. The Saturns will be used to find ways to minimize the impact that ethanol blend fuels have on cold-start emissions, Naber said. Research will be conducted in Michigan Tech’s climate controlled facilities with combustion and emissions instrumentation and will include investigation into higher cranking speed, improved fuel control and variable valve actuation, he went on to say. The Saturns will also be used for hands-on instruction in an advanced propulsion technology course for engineers being offered in Detroit this fall by Michigan Tech, AVL and the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD).

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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.