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Saturn says its upcoming Vue hybrid will be less-expensive than competition
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Saturn says its upcoming Vue hybrid will be less-expensive than competition
RICHARD TRUETT | Automotive News
The new Saturn Vue Green line gasoline-electric hybrid coming next summer will add a twist to the hybrid equation: a more affordable price.
Value, along with better fuel economy and lower emissions, will be the key selling points of the vehicle, says Tom Stephens, GM's group vice president of global powertrain.
The 2007 model will be GM's first high-volume gasoline-electric hybrid.
Stephens says GM won't charge as high a premium for the hybrid Vue as some competitors ask for their models. GM has not released the price.
Ford Motor Co. charges a premium of about $3,300 for the Escape Hybrid; Honda Motor Co. tacks on about $4,000 to the price of the Civic Hybrid sedan, and Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus Division charges more than $5,300 for the hybrid powertrain in the Lexus RX 400h SUV.
The Vue hybrid is less expensive to produce because, unlike Ford and Toyota hybrids, the Vue's electric motor won't propel the vehicle by itself at low speeds and won't require expensive drivetrain modifications. The Vue is a mild hybrid, which uses the electric motor for start/stop and for a boost upon acceleration. The Civic Hybrid operates in the same manner.
Although GM will save money on the Vue's powertrain, the fuel economy gains are not as big as they are on full or strong hybrids. GM expects the Vue hybrid to deliver between 12 and 15 percent, as opposed to the 20 percent gain of a full hybrid, which uses an electric motor to propel the vehicle at low speeds.
But Stephens says GM believes there are customers who want hybrids but won't spend extra money to buy one.
GM is working on a full hybrid system with DaimlerChrysler AG for its larger SUVs that will be available in the 2007 model year.
Two other hybrid vehicles are in limited production at GM. The company has made fewer than 500 diesel-electric city buses and plans 2,500 gasoline-electric pickups this year.
 

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Re: (CChaos)

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Interesting strategy. Sort of a half-assed hybrid.

is honda's half-assed?
unrelated, but i really wish they didn't facelift the vue, the original version wasn't nearly as forced looking
 

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Re: Saturn says its upcoming Vue hybrid will be less-expensive than competition (VdubChaos)

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That front end looks terrible..... http://****************.com/smile/emthdown.gif

Agreed, talk about killing the horizontal lines.. That looks awful, like it mated with a last-gen Spectra http://****************.com/smile/emthdown.gif
 

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Re: Saturn says its upcoming Vue hybrid will be less-expensive than competition (FaLeX)

Having owned a Saturn Vue, I can say without reservation that this will be less expensive and cheaper than its competition.
Note that "less expensive" and "cheaper" are not necesarily used as synonyms in the above sentence.
 

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Re: (mojojojo.ca)

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Every GM product is less expensive then the competition.
Question is, will it be better?

And will it be better looking?
 

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I wouldn’t call that system a hybrid. It simply shuts off the engine at red lights and and gets going again when you accelerate.
The only fuel you save is what you waste during idle at a stop sign.
Clever for them to call it hybrid so that tree hugers get excited and go straight to buy one.
 

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I wouldn’t call that system a hybrid. It simply shuts off the engine at red lights and and gets going again when you accelerate.
The only fuel you save is what you waste during idle at a stop sign.
Clever for them to call it hybrid so that tree hugers get excited and go straight to buy one.

Come on, have some faith in treehuggers...
 

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Maybe it's me... the lighting and coloring is off from the flat blacks to the chrome scoops for the fog light-- it doesn't look like a real photo. They did take a real pic of the car and fudged the details a lot
 
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