Saturn VUE News

  • 2010 Cadillac SRX Turbo

    When a major automaker cancels an innovative plug-in hybrid vehicle program, that's big news. If it's General Motors, that goes double, given the politics that continue to swirl around GM's bankruptcy and the U.S. government's ongoing ownership of part of the company. So it was news when GMInsideNews reported that a lack of performance from the lithium-ion battery pack was the reason that GM had killed its Cadillac SRX Plug-In Hybrid program. Not the battery after all? That may not be the real reason, though. We've chatted several times over the last 24 hours with our own GM insider, who says...

  • 2010 Cadillac SRX Turbo
    Weak Battery Explains Death Of Cadillac SRX Plug-In Hybrid

    Well, now we know a little more about why the Cadillac SRX Plug-In Hybrid project was killed by its development team at General Motors. The culprit, according to GMInsideNews, was the lithium-ion battery pack. More specifically, it wasn't providing the efficiency gains that would have been needed...

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    Cadillac SRX Plug-In Hybrid Crossover: Killed Before Birth?

    It may be the most star-crossed program in recent automotive history, and now it's apparently dead. According to Reuters, General Motors has canceled work on the planned plug-in hybrid version of its Cadillac SRX crossover sport utility. The canceled SRX plug-in would have been the second GM car...

  • Buick Envision SUV Concept, teaser sketch, Auto Shanghai 2011
    Buick Envision Plug-In Hybrid SUV Concept: Auto Shanghai Preview

    It's unfortunate that the media days for the Auto Shanghai 2011 Show and the New York Auto Show overlap a couple of weeks hence, because it looks like Shanghai might get the lion's share of the cool introductions. Take, for instance, the single teaser sketch released today of the new Buick Envision...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Captiva Sport
    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Saturn Vue Returns As Chevy Captiva

    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...

  • detail of spy shot showing GM Two-Mode Plug-In Hybrid being tested in Saturn Vue mule
    GM Plug-In Hybrid Program Underway, Vehicle Still Unconfirmed

    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. While the system is being tested in a discontinued Saturn Vue crossover, it now seems likely to appear in a version of...

  • 2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT

    Cleaning up a few odds and ends from last week's 2010 Detroit Auto Show brings us to General Motors' future product plans for plug-in hybrids. In the crush of reporters asking questions (known as the "scrum") after a GM announcement, a few more nuggets came to light. GM showed its striking and well-received Cadillac XTS Platinum concept car with a 3.6-liter, 350-horsepower direct-injection V-6 engine and a plug-in hybrid system that uses wall current to recharge its 8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack in about five hours. The production version of the Cadillac XTS full-size luxury sedan...

  • 2010 Audi A3 TDI named Green Car of the Year, 2009 LA Auto Show
    Green Car Sales: Winners and Losers of 2009

    It's beginning to look as if the worst is over for U.S. auto sales. The year that just closed was, in the immortal words of Queen Elizabeth II, an annus horribilis, with only 10.4 million vehicles sold, down 21 percent on 2008 and the lowest total since 1982. But some light seems to be appearing on...

  • Vehicle being crushed, from Argonne National Laboratory video
    Your Tax $$$ At Work: Argonne Lab's Better Batteries, Greener Fuels

    If you watch TV or read the papers, you'll see lots of coverage of people who are pretty unhappy with one facet or another of the U.S. government. This post is about something government seems to do relatively well: pre-commercial research and development. Here at GreenCarReports.com, we usually...

  • 2009 teaser shot of Buick crossover plug-in hybrid, a rebadged Saturn Vue quickly dubbed the 'Vuick'
    Surprise, Surprise: That GM Plug-In Hybrid Is a Buick After All

    Well, the other shoe finally dropped. General Motors said today that the plug-in version of its Two-Mode Hybrid system would be fitted to a Buick crossover to be introduced next year, with the plug-in arriving in 2011. That'll be at least a few months after the arrival of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt...

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    GM Mild Hybrid System To Return In 2011, On Steroids

    As Mark Twain is supposed to have said, "Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." (Although, sadly, he actually didn't say it.) In this case, the "my" is the General Motors mild-hybrid powertrain, sometimes known as the Belt-Alternator-Starter or BAS system. And it will return for 2011...

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    Penske to Buy Saturn: Small and Efficient Is the Mantra For the Future

    Possible Outlet For Foreign Manufacturers To Break Into US Market

  • Saturn Vue Plug-in

    Everything at GM is undecided at this point. At least almost everything.  GM has decided that the progress made on the 2-mode plugin hybrid powertrain and  is simply too much to lose. Though Saturn support will be ending, the engineering behind the planned Saturn VUE plug-in hybrid will live. The vehicle was set to debut in early 2011 and still will. What will change is the nameplate. GM must figure out what brand will be best suited for the new plug-in hybrid crossover. Candidates now include Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC. Both Chevrolet with the Equinox, and GMC with the Terrain...

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    AFS Trinity Heads To Washington With 150 mpg Plug-in Saturn Vue Looking For Funds

    AFS Trinity, the group that touts their 150 mpg Saturn Vue plug-in around the country is made at least their second trip to Washington D.C. in hopes of securing funds from the Department of Energy (DOE for short). In January of this year, AFS applied for $2.5 billion in loans from the DOE.  The...

  • 2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid
    Saturn Hybrids Cancelled

    Today General Motors announced they will cease production of the Saturn line-up at the end of the 2009 model year. This is a sad day for die-hard fans, who embraced Saturn's "different kind of car company" credo. But this is also a major set-back to GM's plan for a complete line-up of battery...

  • Mazda Decides Not to Join the EV Race

    If this year's Detroit Auto Show taught me any one lesson, it was that every automaker is developing a line-up of electric vehicles, from plug-in hybrids to battery-electric vehicles. Every display boasted at least one new or improved electric vehicle, from the modest and somewhat dull BYD set to...

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    The Right Cord for the Electric Car

    Saturn Vue Plug-In Hybrid If you envision your future electric car being connected to the wall with the standard bright orange extension cord, you're living in the past. The growing interest in electric vehicles is already leading to advances in cord technology. To make sure that there's no Blu-Ray...

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