Saturn Vue Hybrid 2-Mode Cancelled

Hybrid SUV Blog

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.

Toward a Plug-in Hybrid Saturn Vue

Plugs and Cars

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." Johnson Controls/SAFT, the huge battery company at which President Bush first publicly announced his support for plug-in hybrids, received one contract.

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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 November, GM spokesman Brian Corbett announced that the decision had been made to re-time the launch of the 2-mode Vue from December, ‘08 to sometime during the first quarter of 2009.

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. But even if you're a Saturn fan, you won't be able to buy one--unless you're a business.

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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.)

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Dissipating Doubt

Plugs and Cars

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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NC Transportation Center

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General Motors is also on the plug-in bandwagon with its Saturn Vue Green Line. The Vue Green Line will get a two-mode hybrid powertrain later this year and a plug-in variant will be introduced in 2009.

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

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Toyota said it would provide prototype versions of plug-in hybrid vehicles to researchers at the University of California, Irvine, and the University of California, Berkeley.The prototype plug-in hybrids will be powered by two oversize packs of nickel-metal hydride batteries Yesterday, in Sacramento A123Systems , the battery manufacturer being used by GM for the Vue and Volt, challenged CARB not to wait for OEM plug-ins. From today's NY Times Toyota to Test Plug-In Hybrid, Rivaling G.M.

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Hybrid Sale Of The Century?

Hybrid SUV Blog

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

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

Plugs and Cars

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 Detroit News reports that an all-electric pickup and a plug-in hybrid will pay a visit to the White House today.

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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.

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Buick Hybrid Borrows From Volt

Hybrid SUV Blog

That Saturn hybrid was to be called the Vue Plug-in. The idea was to give the Vue a Buick-style grill and other design features consistent with the Buick line. According to a Motor Authority article at that time, the rebranded Vue “didn’t mesh with the Buick image.”

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

Plugs and Cars

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. needs to reduce dependence on foreign energy and insisted the No.

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PHEV Energy Bill

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W e've had the people in our shop go over the new energy bill with an eye for Plug Ins and electric transportation in general.

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Financial Times on Th!nk

Plugs and Cars

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. As previous reported, plan is to sell the car (€25,000) and lease the battery. Zebra batteries first. Online marketing and sales.

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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. 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.”

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

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A National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) project, funded by GM, found that an ultracapacitor-based energy storage system (ESS) in a Saturn VUE BAS (belt alternator starter) mild hybrid performed at least as well or better than the NiMH battery system in the production hybrid.

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Compare 11 SUVs On 11 Specs

Hybrid SUV Blog

As of the time of this writing, buyers in the market for a hybrid sport utility have eleven (11) vehicles to choose from (not including hyrids that have been discontinued such as the Durango, Vue, Aspen and Tribute).

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 two-mode VUE, which goes on sale later this year, will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.5 Simplified schematic of different hybrid systems.

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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.

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Best Selling Hybrid SUV for 2009

Hybrid SUV Blog

Saturn Vue (2,280). 2009 won’t end up being a record year for hybrid vehicle sales, but considering the circumstances it would be fair to say that hybrids have held their own.

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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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Top 5 Most Researched Hybrid SUVs

Hybrid SUV Blog

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.

Buick Going Green With Plug-In SUV

Hybrid SUV Blog

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. Can this really be true?

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2009 Mazda Tribute Hybrid Review

Hybrid SUV Blog

It originally arrived on the scene in 2008 to compete with Ford’s Escape hybrid and the Saturn Vue hybrid; however it has its own characteristics that set it apart and make it great for someone looking for a fuel-efficient hybrid SUV.

Hybrid SUV Future Looks Bright

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We lost green versions of the Durango, Aspen, and Vue - the Tribute might as well be gone, and rumors are now circulating that Ford may kill their Mercury brand, meaning the hybrid Mariner could also soon be history. Where do we go from here?

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. Reported sales of light-duty hybrids in the US dropped 29% by volume in February year-on-year to 16,020 units.

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The Beast in the Rumble Seat

Plugs and Cars

As underscored last month when GM announced it would build a plug-in hybrid version of its Saturn Vue, the logic of electric propulsion is compelling. There is more to Dan Neil's recent LA Times column than a favorable review of yet another gasoline-only hybrid. He likes the Nissan Altima Hybrid well enough. Calls it a "Camry hybrid in tight jeans." More important, Neil says, is that it comes from an automaker that had scoffed at "hybridization."

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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. General Motors is continuing its partnership with the US Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory for the EcoCAR 3 collegiate advanced vehicle technology competition.

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‘10 Hybrid SUV Prices

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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. Reported sales of hybrids in the US reported by Toyota, Honda, Ford, GM and Nissan dropped 45.5%

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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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How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

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 About CalCars Plug-In Hybrids FAQ How to Get a PHEV Where PHEVs are Carmakers Say.

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Hybrid Vehicle Comparison Tools

Hybrid SUV Blog

I’m guessing this is a soft launch and that we will see the full link soon, but for now you can follow the hybrid SUV comparison link (default is Escape hybrid compared to Vue hybrid compared to Highlander hybrid) and then you can modify the comparison vehicles.

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Hybrid SUVs: Best of Both Worlds

Hybrid SUV Blog

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.

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EV Briefs, and Black Rock City & EVs

Plugs and Cars

Contracts for lithium batteries for the plug-in hybrid Saturn Vue and the Chevrolet Volt have received much press. A few items before I head out to Black Rock City for two weeks. Out in the desert as part of Burning Man , our encampment, Snow Koan Solar, is setting up a solar photovoltaic EV Charging Station (at 7:30 and Desert) for electric scooters, golf carts, sofas and barstools.

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Plug-In Hybrids (or Plugin Hybrids)

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

General Motors has announced its intention to mass-produce two PHEVs -- a Saturn VUE SUV, and the Chevy Volt, a series hybrid (where only the electric motor powers the wheels and the gasoline engine recharges the batteries).

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. Click to enlarge. Reported US sales of hybrids rose 21% year-on-year by volume in November 2009 to 20,003 units.

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

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Nitz also noted that the coming next-generation of the mild GM Hybrid System ( earlier post ), which in its current form is applied in the Malibu, VUE and Aura, will offer equivalent power to Honda’s IMA system in the new Insight. by Jack Rosebro.

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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. If completed, the deal would save more than 350 dealerships and 13,000 jobs at Saturn and its retailers in the United States, and would preserve the Saturn brand.