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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Saturn Vue Returns As Chevy Captiva

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Vue redux The compact crossover that sold for only two years as the 2008 and 2009 Saturn Vue will return to the The shuttered Saturn brand is quickly fading from memory, but now GM plans to bring back one former Saturn model to live on in a new incarnation.

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Toward a Plug-in Hybrid Saturn Vue

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GM today announced two contracts to "design and test lithium-ion batteries" for use in the Saturn Vue Plug-in Hybrid announced last month at the LA Auto Show. According to the press release, two variants of Lithium batteries will be "evaluated in prototype Saturn Vue Green Line plug-in hybrids beginning later this year."

Saturn Vue Hybrid 2-Mode Cancelled

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The GM crisis seemed to be nearing rock bottom when last month the news for a greener Vue got even worse. Turns out, it was all just a dream.

Update: ‘09 Saturn Vue Hybrid

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The last time we reported on the Two Mode Saturn Vue Green Line was in March, 2008. seconds, all while boasting a 3,500-pound towing capacity.

AMP to convert 3 Saturn VUEs to battery electric powertrains for DTE Energy

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will convert three of DTE Energy’s fleet Saturn VUE SUVs to battery electric powertrains. The all-electric DTE Energy fleet Saturn Vues will be powered by Amp’s exclusive modular electric powertrain system. AMP Holding Inc. Earlier post.) million Michigan homes and businesses. In February, Remy International, Inc.

Conference confirms plug-in fever

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Representatives of GM stoked the clamor for the Volt, and a Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid sat on the show floor. Tags: plug-in 2008 smart car BMW mercedes electric mini electric car plug-in Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid chevy volt andy grove al gore plug-in car Once again, a conference on plug-in cars. No plug? No deal.

Grist Writer Gets the URGE2 Electrify

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If the Sierra Club, NRDC, and the Union of Concerned Scientists awaken from their CAFE-induced slumber and espouse such a message as Roberts' suggests, projects awaiting commercialization from a Toyota plug-in Prius to the Saturn plug-in Vue and the Volt just might get the jolt need. Everyone is paying attention to green. 1: oil.

Top 5 Most Researched Hybrid SUVs

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Rounding out the list were the Saturn Vue hybrid and the Mercury Mariner hybrid. miles per gallon in 2016.

Plug-ins to play part in GM future

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Currently Saturn sells two hybrid vehicles - the VUE and Aura with GM hybrid system - and was also scheduled to offer a two-mode hybrid Vue with a Vue plug-in two-mode hybrid version scheduled for 2011 to be used in a test fleet with the US Department of Energy.

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Hybrid SUVs: Best of Both Worlds

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I was really hoping for a 2-mode Saturn Vue hybrid , but that’s not going to happen now.). Hybrid SUVs end up at the top of my list.

Sales of hybrid cars increase in US

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GM hybrids currently include the Chevrolet Malibu, Saturn Aura and Saturn VUE BAS; as well as the Tahoe, Silverado, Sierra, Yukon and Cadillac Escalade two-mode hybrids. After months of doom and gloom for the auto industry in the USA, there is finally a ray of hope courtesy of hybrid cars. Reported sales of hybrids in the US increased by 5.2

Dissipating Doubt

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From the pricey ads in national magazines devoting serious space to the Volt to today's announcement about the plug-in hybrid Saturn Vue, GM is compelling me to take their expressed interest in plug-in cars seriously. As announced in Frankfort and reported in Detroit , GM hopes for a 2009 release of the first Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid SUV.

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GM Will Apply Plug-in Hybrid Technology To One of Its Remaining Four Core Brands, Delivery Still in 2011

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Prototype Saturn Vue PHEV plugging in to a Coulomb Chargepoint ( earlier post ) in San Jose, CA. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.).

Plug-in Hybrid Race on as Toyota Tests NiMH PHEV; A123 Challenges CARB to Authorize Conversions

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From today's NY Times Toyota to Test Plug-In Hybrid, Rivaling G.M. It want CARB to authorize aftermarket conversions of hybrids with its Lithium batteries.

Compare 11 SUVs On 11 Specs

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We call this the Hybrid SUV Comparison Chart. These eleven vehicles include: BMW Activehybrid X6. Cadillac Escalade. Chevrolet Tahoe. Ford Escape.

GM Plug-In Hybrid Program Underway, Vehicle Still Unconfirmed

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While the system is being tested in a discontinued Saturn Vue crossover, it now seems likely to appear in a version of either the GMC Terrain or Chevrolet Equinox compact

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GM's Plug-In Hybrid: Not a Saturn, Not a Buick, Will Try Again

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Just two weeks ago, we reported that GM's first plug-in hybrid vehicle--originally meant to be a Saturn Vue before GM decided to sell Saturn to Pennske--would become a Buick crossover. My, how quickly things change in the new Internet world. As GM said Wednesday on its Fastlane blog, "not all the feedback was positive

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Hybrid Sale Of The Century?

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The mild hybrid Vue (formally known as the Green Line) is a front wheel drive model with a 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine.

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GM Suspending 2010 Malibu Hybrid Production; Next-Generation Li-Ion Mild Hybrid Expected for 2011

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The Malibu hybrid shares components with two other GM mild hybrids: the Saturn Aura and Vue hybrids. 2008 Malibu hybrid. Click to enlarge.

Bush and Begley Sitting in a Tree; Prez to Look Over Ed's Electric Pickup & A123 Plug-in Hybrid

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A123 Systems , a much larger company which is providing batteries to GM for possible use in the Vue and Volt, will be showing off a plug-in hybrid powered by its Lithium batteries. Will Bush get the first view of a plug-in Vue? The story makes clear the Big Three are not involved in the meeting.

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UW-Madison Hybrid Vehicle Team working with Engine Research Center to apply dual-fuel RCCI engines in series and parallel hybrids

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The first, a Saturn Vue called the eMOOve, will be a series hybrid, to be completed in 2012. RCCI is a dual-fuel compression-ignition engine low-temperature combustion (LTC) strategy that uses in-cylinder fuel blending with at least two fuels of different reactivity (e.g., Earlier post.). —Glenn Bower. —Glenn Bower. On 10 Aug.,

GM Simplifies the Two-Mode Hybrid Transmission, Maintains Functionality for FWD Application

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GM has simplified the two-mode hybrid system for application in front-wheel drive vehicles—the Saturn VUE being the first instance ( earlier post )—while retaining its functionality and capability, according to Mark Selogie, Senior Manager Power Electronics, GM Powertrain, speaking at the SAE Hybrid Symposium in San Diego (11-12 Feb).

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GM's CEO Waggoner Announces Saturn Plug-in Hybrid; Bio-fuel Hummer

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Wagoner said GM is using the Saturn Vue hybrid sport utility vehicle to develop a plug-in hybrid, which can be re-charged from a standard electrical outlet, and will offer biofuel-capable Hummer SUVs. LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- General Motors Corp. (GM) GM) Chief Executive Rick Wagoner said Wednesday that the U.S.

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NREL/GM Project Finds Ultracaps Perform as Well or Better Than NiMH Pack for Energy Storage in Mild Hybrid Vehicle

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For the Saturn VUE study, NREL selected off-the-shelf Maxwell 48 V, 165 F modules (each with around 35 Wh usable). Source: Gonder et al. 2009).

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EcoCAR 3 competition to use Chevy Camaro as base vehicle

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For EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future, GM donated Chevrolet Malibus; for EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, GM donated Saturn Vues; and for Challenge X: Crossover to Sustainable Mobility, the company donated Chevrolet Equinoxes. Schools selected for EcoCAR 3 are: Arizona State University. California State University, Los Angeles. Virginia Tech.

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General Motors is also on the plug-in bandwagon with its Saturn Vue Green Line. And Gov. State. Duke Energy Corp. and Progress Energy Corp.

US Hybrid Sales in February Drop 29%; Lower Decline Than General LDV Market

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The Saturn VUE hybrid posted 188 units, for 6.4% of all VUEs sold. Reported sales of hybrids. Click to enlarge. Toyota. to 18,554 units.

Financial Times on Th!nk

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GM's Vue and Volt plug-ins have no firm date to appear in showrooms. Financial Times Deutschland has a report on Th!nk nk Global. Putting a little flesh on the bones of previous reporting. 10,000 Think City electric cars in 2009. Parts manufacturing in Thailand and Turkey. Zebra batteries first. Online marketing and sales.

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Reported US Sales of Hybrids Up 21% in November; New Vehicle Market Share of 2.7%

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Sales of the Saturn VUE mild hybrid were down 31% to 134 units, for 9.8% of all VUEs sold. Reported US sales of hybrids. in October 2009.

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US Hybrid Sales Down 45.5% in April

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338 units of the Saturn VUE hybrid, representing 11.3% of VUE sales. Monthly US sales of hybrids. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.).

Penske Seeking to Buy Saturn

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GM would continue production, on a contract basis, of the Saturn Aura, Vue and Outlook. General Motors Corp. and Penske Automotive Group confirmed details of a proposed transaction under which Penske would acquire the Saturn brand. Earlier post.) Financial terms of the agreement will not be disclosed at this time.

GM Previews First Two-Mode, Front-Wheel-Drive Hybrid Transaxle

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by Jack Rosebro. General Motors 2MT70 FWD two-mode hybrid transaxle, as seen from. engine side. Click to enlarge. Expanding The Two-Mode Portfolio.

Reported US Sales of Hybrids Drop 31.2% in January; 2.3% New Vehicle Market Share

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153 VUE Green Line hybrids, representing 5.3% of all VUE sales. Monthly reported sales of hybrids in the US. Click to enlarge. Toyota.

GM Pulls the Plug on New Buick Compact Crossover; Plug-in System to Be Applied to Another Vehicle

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GM has cancelled its recently announced compact Buick crossover, which would have offered the plug-in hybrid system originally targeted for the Saturn VUE. Earlier post.). We were all struck by the consistency of the criticism of the compact crossover. Buick crossover canceled. This happened in one day.

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Ohio State University Takes Top Spot at 2009 EcoCAR Competition with EREV Design

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The competition challenges university engineering students across North America to re-engineer a 2009 Saturn VUE to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions while retaining the vehicle’s performance and consumer appeal. In year two of the competition, teams incorporate their unique powertrains into the Saturn VUE.

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US EPA Joins EcoCAR as Platinum Sponsor

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The EcoCAR competition, along with its headline sponsors—the US Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors (GM)—challenges 17 universities across the US and Canada to redesign and reengineer a 2009 Saturn VUE to further minimize fuel consumption and reduce emissions. Earlier post.). Margo T. Oge, Director of OTAQ.

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Best Selling Hybrid SUV for 2009

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Saturn Vue (2,280). In the battle for best selling hybrid SUV of 2009 (U.S.), Lexus RX400h (10,089). Toyota Highlander (8,635).

GM to Debut Two-Mode Plug-in Hybrid Technology in New Buick Crossover in 2011; LG Chem to Supply the Li-ion Cells

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The 8 kWh battery pack for the new 2011 Buick PHEV crossover vehicle is prepared for testing at the General Motors Tech Center in Warren, Michigan.

Reported US Hybrid Sales Up 5.2% Year on Year in June; 3% New Vehicle Market Share for the Month

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Hybrid new vehicle market share by month. Click to enlarge. Reported sales of hybrids in the US increased 5.2% new vehicle share. million. Toyota.

Buick Going Green With Plug-In SUV

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The announcement from General Motors that the technology once planned for the Saturn Vue will now instead end up in a Buick came as a huge shock to me.