GM to consider offers for Saturn

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Having already taken the decision to close its Pontiac brand, General Motors has now announced that it will proceed with the sale of Saturn. Tags: Cars Latest news general motors Chrysler Fiat GM to sell Saturn Saturn According to reports, several potential buyers have already expressed interest in the brand and retailer network.

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

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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. But even if you're a Saturn fan, you won't be able to buy one--unless you're a business. Vue redux The compact crossover that sold for only two years as the 2008 and 2009 Saturn Vue will return to the

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Saturn SL2 Electric Car Conversion

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I have been considering converting my 1999 Saturn SL2 to electric. This has an automatic transmission. I only drive 12Km to work every day and believe

Saturn Vue Hybrid 2-Mode Cancelled

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In March of 2008 we announced that the upcoming 2009 Saturn Vue hybrid, the one that would be built with GM’s 2-mode hybrid system, might possibly end up being the most popular hybrid SUV yet. General Motors made it official last week that there will be no 2-Mode, FWD Saturn Vue hybrid.

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. Tags: Saturn Since then, there hasn’t been much news…until recently.

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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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. AMP, a company engaged in the conversion of new vehicles to full battery-electric drive, unveiled its all-electric conversion of the GM Chevrolet Equinox earlier this year. Earlier post.)

GM Evaluating Offers for Saturn; Fiat Eyeing GM Europe in Addition to Chrysler

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General Motors issued a short statement announcing that it is proceeding to the next step with respect to the sale of Saturn. A number of potential buyers have surfaced and expressed interest in the Saturn brand and retailer network. GM said it will be reviewing expressions of interest from the potential buyers and will look to secure an agreement with a specific buyer later this year.

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


Do Battery-Pack Failures Reduce the Life of Hybrid Cars? A Reader Asks

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Our reader Jonathan P asks: I have a 1997 Saturn that, remarkably, is still running. If that Saturn were a hybrid, I'm guessing the battery pack would have died about four years ago, give or take. It probably has the book value of a large watermelon, so if anything major goes wrong with it, that's the end of that. But replacing a battery pack

Buick Hybrid Borrows From Volt

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At first, reports noted that a Buick hybrid crossover would likely be derived from a Saturn model being developed with an electric drivetrain. That Saturn hybrid was to be called the Vue Plug-in. A Buick hybrid crossover has been envisioned for several years.

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GM and Honda to establish industry-first $85M joint fuel cell system manufacturing operation in Michigan

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GM and Honda earlier collaborated in a powertrain cross-supply arrangement in 1999 under which Honda manufactured 50,000 V-6 engines for the Saturn VUE and Honda received diesel engines from GM’s Isuzu affiliate for use in Europe.

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Ohio State earns EcoCar honours

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The competition has challenged university engineering students to re-engineer a 2009 Saturn VUE to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions while retaining performance and consumer appeal. The next stage of the competition will see students use their powertrains in the Saturn VUE, while the third year focuses on refining the vehicles to near showroom quality.

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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. Coming on the heels of the Google/Brookings event in Washington, D.C.,


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. Tags: union of concerned scientists electric cars urge2 plug-in hybrid chevy volt Saturn grist NRDC vue Sierra Club David Roberts is a staff writer at Grist , an online enviro magazine.

Top 5 Most Researched Hybrid SUVs

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Rounding out the list were the Saturn Vue hybrid and the Mercury Mariner hybrid. It’s January and the 2010 car season is officially in full swing now that the doors have opened at the North American International Auto Show.

Electric Car with a Generator on a Trailer?

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I'm considering getting a 98 Saturn SL1 (I can get the basic car for about $1000.) My idea is to put a small electric generator on a

Plug-ins to play part in GM future

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The company will be divided into Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick following the decision to close Pontiac and sell Saturn. 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.

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 per cent by volume in June 2009 compared to the same month in the previous year.

2013 Chevrolet Cruze

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The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze may best live up to the promise that its former Saturn division never did: that an American car company could design and build small cars to rival Japanese competitors for both quality and value. Calling the Cruze a top pick in the compact sedan class is no exaggeration, especially in light of safety and infotainment

Cheap Electric Car Conversion Possible?

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What would it take to convert a Saturn SC2 to electric? The information on web sites is all over the place. Some want $5,000.00 for a kit while another

Hybrid Honda SUV? We Keep Hoping!

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Way back in September of 2007 we reported that the most popular green sport utility search was “honda hybrid suv&# - ahead of Toyota, Lexus, Ford, and Saturn - despite the fact that little to no mention of one had ever been made by Honda Motors.

Started De-Icing

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Hi, today I managed to get some time on the Saturn EV. I removed the bonnet,radiator, the air box and the battery. Got stock on the battery box but at least I can see where I am going now. Won't be long untill I yank out that ugly big engine lump.:mad:

More gets done every day

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God bless Rich Pin he has put on You tube video on everything you need to do to remove to get the engine out of a Saturn SL1. I would be lost without him. I have a Haynes manual but it like gobbledegook! So I just do what old Rich Pin say to do this.

Swiss company outlines methanol-to-gasoline option for Alaska North Slope gas to state legislature

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van Wijk, a former Methanex executive, formed Saturn Methanol which subsequently built Titan Methanol, a 2,500 tonne per day methanol production facility in Trinidad, and began Atlas Methanol, also in Trinidad. van Wijk sold Saturn to Methanex in 2000 due to funding issues.

Is it time up for green car brands?

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In addition, General Motors’ nearest thing to a green brand - Saturn, the brand under which it put out its first hybrids - is falling victim to the company’s restructuring following the global economic crisis. Tags: Green cars Latest news Toyota general motors green car brands Saturn Toyota Prius Times are changing in the automotive industry as customers search for better fuel consumption and more environmentally friendly vehicles with lower emissions.

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 sport utility vehicles may be the best overall choice for consumers and auto manufacturers alike.

Fisker Automotive Near Deal to Aquire GM's Wilmington, DE Assembly Plant

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Now reported widely around the web, Fisker Automotive seems to be near a deal to acquire General Motor's Boxwood Road assembly plant in Wilmington, DE, where GM produced the Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice. GM is discontinuing both the Saturn and Pontiac brands. Fisker Automotive intends to build their next hybrid electric

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.


ISU study finds large potential for biobased materials in auto industry, but with challenges

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The Saturn L300 and European-market Opel Vectra have package trays and door panel inserts made of a kenaf and flax mixture. A study by researchers at Iowa State University has determined that the automotive industry has a very large potential to utilize biobased materials. Their report, “Biobased Automobile Parts Investigation”, was developed for the USDA Office of Energy Policy and New Uses.

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. General Motors has announced that there will be no retail production of the Chevrolet Malibu hybrid for model year (MY) 2010 due to “elevated inventory levels of the 2009 model.”

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 Confirms Return Of Mild Hybrid Models In 2011

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With the demise of Saturn, GM was left with only one model featuring its mild hybrid system, the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid sedan, but sadly even that green vehicle was dropped from the automaker's lineup this year. GM is planning to bring back its mild hybrid models, however, and according to the automaker's executive director of hybrid and

First steps

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It's a 2002 Saturn SL1 with 220,000 miles and a rough engine, however it still runs. I have bought my donor car. The price was $900 which was OK I think? I have been looking for ages on Craigslist for the right car and toyed with all sort of cars.

2010 Coda Sedan: Exclusive Video Gives Electric-Car Details

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Launching a brand-new car make is a tough task; just ask General Motors (RIP Saturn). But if you're electric-car startup Coda Automotive, you have at least one plus (it's a pure electric car, which is sexy) to offset several potential minuses (who's Coda? it's made in China? I can't buy one outside California?). Video exclusive! To reach out to

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 Recent spy shots posted by our sister site Motor Authority show that despite delays, General Motors is continuing to develop the plug-in version of its Two-Mode Hybrid system.

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. Based on the current restructuring plan, GM is accelerating the wind-down or sale of Saturn to the end of this year.

What are you waiting for?

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Hope to finish the Volvo this weekend and then start de-ICE ing the Saturn. OK I posted a excited start but so far have not even touched the car? No real excuse except I have two other cars to fix at the moment. Had to replace the lower control arm on my Volvo V70xc. What a pain that is? Also have to replace outer tie rod end on my Volvo XC90. However I have been busy buying parts and I building myslef a lab power supply for a old computer ATX power supply which I had lying around.

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. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Hybrid Vehicle Team will work with the UW-Madison Engine Research Center to test implementations of Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI) engines being developed by UW mechanical engineering professor Rolf Reitz and his colleagues.

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

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Design parameters of the current design include a 50% improvement in EPA composite fuel economy as compared to a conventional Saturn VUE, as well as a 7.5 Saturn’s Fate. The current viability plan does not include production and sales to dealers of Saturn products beyond 2009.