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. As we now enter February, it stands to reason that the new Vue should reach dealers in the next 60 days (unless it is re-timed again, in which case we’d likely be watching for the 2010 model).

Penske Backs Out of Saturn Deal; Brand to Wind Down

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PAG) has terminated its discussions with General Motors Company to acquire the Saturn brand, citing concerns directly related to the future supply of vehicles beyond the supply period it had negotiated with GM. As a result of PAG’s decision, said GM President and CEO Fritz Henderson, GM will be winding down the Saturn brand and dealership network, in accordance with the wind-down agreements that Saturn dealers recently signed with GM. Penske Automotive Group, Inc.

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GM Advises Approximately 1,100 Dealers of No Long-Term Future in GM Dealer Network

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GM began contacting its dealers today regarding its long term planning, and is advising approximately 1,100 “ underperforming and very small sales volume US dealers ” that GM does not see them as part of its dealer network on a long-term basis. In its recent S-4 filing and updated Viability Plan ( earlier post ), General Motors said it will reduce its dealer network from 5,969 stores today to approximately 3,600 by the end of 2010.

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.). Jackson said he is changing his dealers’ mix to larger vehicles, from mid-size cars up to sport utilities, because that’s what people want to buy.

Hybrid Sale Of The Century?

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A $7,000 discount on a new hybrid vehicle is unheard of, but that’s essentially what you can get if you buy a 2009 Saturn Vue hybrid SUV before January 4, 2010. That all changed when GM restructured to focus on only four major brands, Saturn no longer being one of them.

GM and Chrysler Submit Updated Restructuring Plans; Up to $18.6B More Needed; Outlines for Product Plans

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Saturn will remain in operation for the next several years, through the end of the planned lifecycle for all Saturn products. If a spin-off or sale does not occur, GM plans to phase out the Saturn brand at the end of the current product lifecycle.

GM announces three new recalls of ~1.55 million vehicles

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million Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia models from the 2008-2013 model years, Chevrolet Traverse from the 2009-2013 model years, and Saturn Outlook from the 2008-2010 model years. To repair the condition, dealers will remove the driver and passenger side air bag wiring harness connectors and splice and solder the wires together.


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. In a post on GM’s FastLane blog, Tom Stephens, GM Vice Chairman, who announced the compact two weeks ago, said initial feedback from employees, potential customers, dealers, media, analysts and others on the proposed new compact was consistent and negative.

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. With the Saturn brand being sold off (along with Hummer, Pontiac, and the Saab story), there may not have been many other options.


AMP Unveils Electric Version of GM Equinox; Secret Sauce is the Drivetrain

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AMP, which currently up fits Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice vehicles, is targeting the Nissan Leaf, with its 100 mile range, as its closest rival. AMP’s drivetrain for the electric Equinox. Click to enlarge. Ohio-based Advanced Mechanical Products, Inc. (


Revenge of the Electric Car

I haven’t heard about them since (though the former Saturn plant in the area is slated for Fisker ) but the image stuck with me. In many ways, this is when the bulk of the work begins, much of it unseen and un-sexy: the final engineering shakeouts in extreme temperatures, the combing and refining of labyrinthian charger installation and DMV processes, dealer training, service manual writing, and so on. ©Nikki Kahn - The Washington Post.

Plug-In Prius Goes Up to 12 Miles on Electricity Only - AllCarsElectric.com

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Hybrid SUV | Two Year Anniversary

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Honda, Toyota, Lexus, Ford and Saturn topped our searches back then (still no hybrid honda SUV , sorry). It has been exciting to review and test drive the new hybrids that have transitioned from mere rumors, to concept vehicles, to auto shows, and finally to dealer showrooms.

2010 Equinox | Direct Injection vs. Hybrid

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The 2010 Chevy Equinox is starting to show its face in the media and on dealer lots, and so far we like what we see.

General Motors presents viability plan

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This revised plan also moves up the resolution of Saab, Saturn and Hummer to the end of 2009 at the latest. - A restructure of GM’s dealer organisation with the number of dealers to drop to 3,605 by the end of 2010 - that’s down from 6,246 in 2008. - As it bids to break even at a US total industry sales volume of approximately 10 million vehicles, General Motors has updated its Viability Plan which will deepen the cuts in its operations.

Cash for Clunkers Buoys US Auto Sales; Hybrid Sales Up 31.8% for Monthly New Vehicle Share of 3.55%

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GM dealers delivered 189,443 total vehicles in July, a 19.4% Non-core brand sales declined when compared with June as Pontiac dipped 7%; Saturn was down 21%, and HUMMER and Saab declined 26%. Monthly new vehicle market share for hybrids. Click to enlarge.

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How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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Establishing dealer network. Plans Saturn Vue PHEV-10. Aims to get Saturn Vue on road in 2010; no production goal. Lutz said GM is pushing to have Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid on the road by 2009. -- ( Autoweek ). "I

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