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Top 5 Most Researched Hybrid SUVs

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While no hybrids or hybrid sport utility vehicles made the NADA list, it got me thinking that our readers might be interested in learning about the most researched hybrid SUVs during 2009. Rounding out the list were the Saturn Vue hybrid and the Mercury Mariner hybrid.

Hybrid Honda SUV? We Keep Hoping!

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Does Honda know that many thousands of people are patiently waiting for them to announce their first hybrid SUV? Even while SUVs dominated the U.S. If we do someday get a Honda hybrid SUV, I hope the name is unique.

Hybrid SUVs: Best of Both Worlds

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Hybrid SUVs end up at the top of my list. Not only are there cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs - but there are a multitude of choices within each vehicle category (small, fuel efficient, all wheel drive, luxury, sporty, fast) and the list goes on and on.

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. Tags: Saturn

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. In any case, a 3 month delay was welcome news when compared to Chrysler announcing they would discontinue the Aspen and Durango hybrid SUVs. Tags: Saturn

‘10 Hybrid SUV Prices

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Once you begin researching hybrid SUV’s you will notice a huge range of prices. Notes: Well loaded doesn’t begin to cover the options that increase the base price of this hybrid SUV by 50%.

Hybrid SUV | Two Year Anniversary

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To say that hybrid SUV’s have had their fair share of ups and downs over the past couple of years would be an understatement. When we looked at how people were searching for hybrid SUV’s a couple of years ago compared to this month, a lot has changed.

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. Meanwhile, GM is hedging its bets by continuing to invest in the dream of cheap, cellulosic ethanol and the hallucinogenic pipe dream of hydrogen fuel cell SUVs. As America downsizes and SUVs go unpurchased, GM’s diehards put inefficient if zero-emission H2/FCV Equinoxes in advertisements and a few dozen driveways to which they remain tethered by unavailable fuel. (By

Buick Going Green With Plug-In SUV

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From a brand that once owned the older car buyer market, that tried so hard to reinvent itself by latching on to Tiger Woods, will come Detroit’s first plug-in hybrid SUV? Can this really be true?

Best Selling Hybrid SUV for 2009

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In the battle for best selling hybrid SUV of 2009 (U.S.), Saturn Vue (2,280). The closer race is actually for worst selling hybrid SUV of 2009, with 3 sport utilities neck-and-neck (data from hybridcars.com ).

Is it time up for green car brands?

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It was expected to function in a similar fashion to the Scion brand with a compact, mid-size and SUV model. 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

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

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Because SUVs and trucks have a large number of parts, the authors suggested, they are good candidates to be the vehicle types with the largest amount of biobased material on a part number basis. 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.

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

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With the FWD two-mode targeted at larger sedans on up into crossovers and SUVs, and the RWD two-mode applied in full-size SUVs and light trucks, GM has a product gap for an advanced full hybrid offering for smaller, lower-torque engines in more compact vehicles. Saturn’s Fate.

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

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The Tahoe, Yukon and Escalade two-mode full-size SUVs posted a combined 632 units, representing 8.4% The Saturn VUE hybrid posted 188 units, for 6.4% The Saturn Aura posted 23 units, representing 1.5% Reported sales of hybrids. Click to enlarge.

US Hybrid Sales Down 45.5% in April

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General Motors sold 1,534 hybrids in April, comprising: 523 units of the two-mode SUVs (Tahoe, Yukon, Escalade), representing 4.5% 338 units of the Saturn VUE hybrid, representing 11.3% 31 units of the Saturn Aura hybrid, representing 1.7% Monthly US sales of hybrids.

US Hybrid Sales in March 2009 Down 44% Year-on-Year; Monthly New Vehicle Market Share of 2.5%

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GM sold a total of 1,612 hybrids in March: 609 units of the Tahoe, Yukon and Escalade two-mode SUVs (7.3% 362 units of the Saturn VUE hybrid (10.4% 26 units of the Saturn Aura hybrid (1.3% Reported US sales of hybrids. Click to enlarge.

2009 Mazda Tribute Hybrid Review

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Although the Mazda Tribute hybrid is currently only being sold in California, it is likely only a matter of time before you see this small SUV in local dealerships. As Mazda’s first hybrid, this SUV shows promise for what’s to come.

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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). The RWD version of the two-mode used to power the full-size SUV and pickup hybrid models incorporates two motors, three planetary gearsets and four clutches.

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Plug-In Hybrids (or Plugin Hybrids)

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Cost increments for a plug-in hybrid compact vehicle will be 10-20% more than a regular hybrid: $2000-3000 extra for a sedan; $5000 for an SUV. About CalCars Plug-In Hybrids FAQ How to Get a PHEV Where PHEVs are Car-Makers Say.

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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General Motors will debut its two-mode plug-in hybrid technology—originally intended to appear first in a Saturn VUE, prior to that brand’s sale—in a new Buick crossover vehicle in 2011.

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2010 Equinox | Direct Injection vs. Hybrid

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With a body style that looks to be a mash up of Cadillac, Saturn and the standard Chevy grille, along side power and fuel efficiency, Chevrolet seems to have taken another step in the right direction with their popular compact crossover.

GM to debut two-mode plug-in hybrid

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The two-mode plug-in hybrid technology that was originally supposed to appear in the Saturn VUE will now make its debut in a new Buick crossover vehicle in 2011. GM is hopeful that the Buick plug-in hybrid will be the first commercially available plug-in SUV from a major car manufacturer. According to Tom Stephens, GM vice chairman of product development, the vehicle is capable of electric only propulsion for more than 10 miles at low speeds.

More information on hybrid sales slump

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General Motors: The company sold 1,534 units in April which consisted of: 523 two-mode SUVS (Tahoe, Yukon Escalade); 95 two-mode pick-ups (Silverado, Sierra); 547 Malibu hybrids; 338 Saturn VUE hybrids; 31 Saturn Aura hybrids. Yesterday we told you how hybrid sales continued their downward trend in the US. Today we have more information with a breakdown of those sales. Overall, reported sales of hybrids dropped 45.5

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

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

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Non-core brand sales declined when compared with June as Pontiac dipped 7%; Saturn was down 21%, and HUMMER and Saab declined 26%. Light truck sales were led by the RAV4 compact SUV with best-ever July sales of 15,912 units, up 32.5% Monthly new vehicle market share for hybrids.

Perspective: A View Into the New GM

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The Saturn version of the two-mode plug-in hybrid at the Milford Proving Grounds. As part of the culling, GM has the option to re-badge vehicles from the non-core brands, such as the Pontiac G8, Opel Insignia and Saturn Vue. by Bill Cooke.

How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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Plans Saturn Vue PHEV-10. Aims to get Saturn Vue on road in 2010; no production goal. Furia explained, "The SUVs that we just completed that were outfitted with the XHT drive train could have been any SUV made by anyone.

GM Says Chevrolet Volt Won't 'Pay the Rent' | Autopia from Wired.com

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They only have that many models because they use the same chassis and drivetrain to build 3 different cars, one branded as a Chevy, the next a Pontiac, then a Saturn, etc. So my Saturn SC1 does the job great I am getting 35-38 miles on the Hwy and with over 232,000 miles and runs like a champ.