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Saturn Vue
2002-2005 Saturn Vue
Manufacturer Saturn Corporation
Parent company General Motors
Model year(s) 2002–2010
2008-present (Chevrolet Captiva; Mexico)
Class Compact crossover SUV
Body style(s) 4-door SUV
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Platform GM Theta platform

The Saturn Vue is a compact crossover SUV from General Motors' Saturn marque, and is Saturn's best-selling model. It was the first vehicle to use the GM Theta platform. The Vue is the oldest model in the Saturn lineup since the demise of the L-Series in 2005. A second generation Vue was launched in 2007 for the 2008 model as a rebadged Antara model. The vehicle is also known as the Chevrolet Captiva (Mexico, Europe, Brazil), GMC Terrain (Middle East, not related to the North American version), Holden Captiva MaXX (Oceania), Opel Antara (mainland Europe & Ireland), and Vauxhall Antara (UK). Following the withdrawal of a bid by Penske Automotive to acquire Saturn, General Motors announced in September 2009 that it expected to phase out the Saturn brand by October 2010.[1]

Contents

First generation

First generation (2002-2007)
2007 Saturn Vue Green Line
Model year(s) 2002–2007
Assembly Spring Hill, Tennessee, United States
Engine(s) 2.2 L L61 I4
3.0 L L81 V6
3.5 L J35A3 V6
2.4 L BAS hybrid
Transmission(s) 5-speed Getrag F23 manual
5-speed Aisin AF33 automatic
5-speed Honda automatic
4-speed automatic
4-speed automatic
VTi CVT
Wheelbase 106.6 in (2708 mm)
Length 181.3 in (4605 mm)
Width 71.5 in (1816 mm)
Hybrid: 71.6 in (1819 mm)
Height 66.5 in (1689 mm)
Hybrid: 66.3 in (1684 mm)
Related Opel Antara
Chevrolet Equinox
Pontiac Torrent
Suzuki XL7

The Vue was introduced for the 2002 model year and was designed by Saturn. It was manufactured at the Spring Hill GM plant. Its unibody platform is shared with the Chevrolet Equinox, Pontiac Torrent and the European Opel Antara. The first generation ran from model year 2002-2007.

Four-cylinder Vues use the Ecotec I4. The L81 V6 from the L-Series and 5-speed Aisin AF33 automatic transmission were initially offered, but starting in 2004, all 6-cylinder Vues were equipped with Honda's 250 hp (186 kW) J35A3 engine and a Honda transmission. The four-cylinder Vue was available with the VTi continuously-variable transmission (CVT) until GM canceled it for 2005.

The Vue received a facelift for the 2006 model year. Upgrades included a redesigned interior with higher-quality materials, a new bumper and grille, and some minor cosmetic pieces to the exterior. OnStar is now standard as well as cruise control and automatic headlights.

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Red Line

2004-2005 Saturn Vue RedLine

Saturn introduced a special high-performance line of vehicles in 2004 under the name, "Red Line". The Vue Red Line includes the same 250 hp (186 kW) J35A3 V6 but with sportier suspension tuning for performance. 18 in alloy wheels, ground-effect front bumpers, chrome exhaust tip, special black leather and suede seats, footwell lighting, and a special gauge cluster complete the visual updates. It also includes some special interior features as well, such as a higher quality audio system.[2]

Green Line

The high-performance Vue Red Line was joined for 2007 by an environmentally-oriented Green Line model. The Vue is a mild hybrid, or assist hybrid, using what GM calls a "Belt alternator starter" BAS Hybrid system.[3] A large electric motor is connected to the crankshaft via a special accessory drive belt, with a modified automatic transmission fitted.

It automatically stops the engine when the vehicle comes to a halt and instantly restarts it when the vehicle must move again. Not to be confused as just a "start-stop" system, the electric motor also assists somewhat during initial launch, during torque smoothing and when under heavy acceleration. A36-Volt Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery pack is located under the load floor powers the motor/generator unit, as well as collects and stores regenerative braking energy. The regenerative charging and electric motor assist functions are shown to the driver via an analog gauge on the dash board, and real-time fuel-economy feedback is accomplished via an "eco" light that glows when the instantaneous fuel economy is beating the window sticker fuel economy values.

The fuel savings are 20% up from the base vehicle's 22 mpg-US (11 L/100 km; 26 mpg-imp)/27 mpg-US (8.7 L/100 km; 32 mpg-imp) city/highway EPA sticker to 27 mpg-US (8.7 L/100 km; 32 mpg-imp)/32 mpg-US (7.4 L/100 km; 38 mpg-imp), the highest highway fuel economy of any 2007 model SUV sold in the US market.[4] In Canada, according to Saturn "the result is a Vue that gets an estimated 8.8 L/100 km (32 mpg-imp; 27 mpg-US) city and 6.7 L/100 km (42 mpg-imp; 35 mpg-US) highway."[5]

The Green Line has a 170 hp (127 kW) 2.4 L Ecotec DOHC-phaser engine which replaces the standard 144 hp (107 kW) 2.2 L engine, resulting in the improvement of 0-60 mph acceleration time by 1.0 second. Pricing for the hybrid is about US$2,000 more than a similarly-equipped Vue, and debuted in production form on January 8, 2006 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Green Line went on sale in fall 2006.

Engines

Years Engine Power Torque
2002–2007 2.2 L Ecotec L61 I4 143 hp (107 kW) 152 ft·lbf (206 N·m)
2002–2003 3.0 L 54-Degree V6 181 hp (135 kW) 195 ft·lbf (264 N·m)
2004–2007 3.5 L GM L66 (J35A3) V6 250 hp (186 kW) 242 ft·lbf (328 N·m)
2007 2.4 L Ecotec LE5 I4 170 hp (127 kW) 163 ft·lbf (220 N·m)

Safety

In IIHS crash tests the Vue receives a Good overall rating in the frontal offset crash test. In 2008 models came equipped with standard front and rear head side curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags. These models were given an Acceptable overall rating in side impacts. Models without side airbags were given an overall Poor rating.[6]

Second generation

Second generation (2008-2010)
Saturn Vue XE
Also called Chevrolet Captiva Sport (Mexico, Brazil)
Model year(s) 2008-2010
2008-present (Mexico & Brazil)
Assembly Ramos Arizpe, Mexico
Engine(s) 2.4L LE5 I4
2.4L LAT I4
3.5L LZ4 V6
3.6L LY7 V6
3.6L LCS V6
Transmission(s) 6-speed automatic
4-speed automatic
4-speed/cvt (hybrid only)
Wheelbase 106.6 in (2708 mm)
Length 180.1 in (4575 mm) (SWB)
182.6 in (4638 mm) (LWB)
Width 72.8 in (1849 mm)
Height 66.3 in (1684 mm) (SWB)
Hybrid: 66.2 in (1681 mm)
67.7 in (1720 mm) (LWB)
Curb weight 3,867 lb (1,754 kg) (FWD V6 XR)
Related Opel Antara
Daewoo Winstorm/Chevrolet Captiva
GMC Terrain
Pontiac Torrent
Cadillac SRX
Chevrolet Equinox
Suzuki XL7

Saturn introduced the all-new second generation 2008 Saturn Vue at the 2007 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show (held in Nov-Dec 2006) and is a re-badged Opel Antara with minor modifications, such as a unique center console. A preview of the new design was shown at the 2006 New York International Auto Show as the Saturn PreVue concept, which itself was the same car as the Opel Antara GTC concept displayed in Frankfurt in 2005. While the PreVue had only two doors, production Vue models have four.

Trim levels include the XE, XR, the sporty Red Line and hybrid Green Line. The standard engine is a 169 hp (126 kW) 2.4 liter I4 Ecotec with variable valve timing. Optional engines include a 222 hp (166 kW) 3.5 liter V6 and a 257 hp (192 kW) 3.6 liter DOHC V6.

2009 Chevrolet Captiva Sport (Mexico)

Production moved to Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, where the Chevrolet HHR is produced.[7] Even though produced at that plant, the vehicle is sold in Mexico as the Chevrolet Captiva, because of the Saturn brand not marketed there.

Red Line

The second-generation Vue Red Line uses the same 3.6 L DOHC V6 from the XR trim level, making the same 257 hp (192 kW) as in the XR, but adds several more sporting changes to separate the Red Line from the XR. This includes Tapshift, allowing manual shifting of the 6-speed automatic transmission, a reduction in ride height of approximately 1-inch (25 mm), and a sport tuned suspension "has differently-tuned shocks and struts, different spring rates, and unique bushings and stabilizer bars."[8] Exterior appearance changes include 18 in alloy wheels, more aggressive front bumper, tail lamps and exhaust tips.

Green Line and 2-Mode Hybrid models

2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid

The Vue Green Line Hybrid uses with the same mild hybrid BAS Hybrid system with the 2.4 L Ecotec as first generation Vue. Software updates and optimizations to smooth the operation as well as improve fuel economy. Fuel economy under the new 2008 EPA standards is 25 mpg-US (9.4 L/100 km; 30 mpg-imp)/32 mpg-US (7.4 L/100 km; 38 mpg-imp) city/highway.[9] The Green Line hybrid is not offered with a 4WD transmission, limiting its abilities in poor driving conditions when compared with the other VUE trims and competitors like the Ford Escape.

A full/strong hybrid model featuring GM's Two-Mode system was to have been introduced for the 2009 year model. Combined with a "hybridized" version of the 3.6L V6 dubbed the LCS, a direct injection derivative of the standard 3.6 liter engine providing 262 hp (195 kW) and 250 lb·ft (340 N·m) torque. This version was to have maintained the 3,500 lb (1,600 kg) towing capacity of the standard 3.6 liter engine. The 2-mode was to have utilized the 2mt70 transmission (media.gm.com/ca/gm/en/products/VehiclesEng_docs/e9Vue-hybrid_PIG.doc). Saturn also to dropped the "Greenline" badge for 2009. For the 2010 model year GM was expected to release a plug-in hybrid version of the same 2-mode hybrid platform.[10] This was to have been the first plug in hybrid with the system as original equipment.[11]

Following GM's announced closing of the Saturn brand, the company announced the 2-mode hybrid vehicle would be sold as a compact Buick crossover as 2011. It would include 8 kwh lithium-ion battery pack found in Chevrolet Volt.[12] However, the production plan was cancelled following negative feedback, but the plug-in hybrid powertrain would be transferred to another vehicle in 2011.[13]

Engines

Years Engine Power Torque
2008–present 2.4 L Ecotec LE5 I4 169 hp (126 kW) 161 lb·ft (218 N·m)
2008–present 2.4 L Hybridized Ecotec LAT I4 172 hp (128 kW) 167 lb·ft (226 N·m)
2008–present 3.5 L High Value LZ4 V6 222 hp (166 kW) 220 lb·ft (298 N·m)
2008–present 3.6 L High Feature LY7 V6 257 hp (192 kW) 248 lb·ft (336 N·m)
2009–present 3.6 L High Feature LCS V6 262 hp (195 kW) 250 lb·ft (339 N·m) (Hybrid Only)

Safety

The latest Saturn Vue is given the IIHS's Top Safety Pick award. It receives a Good overall score in both the front and side impact tests.[6]

Yearly American sales

Calendar Year Total American sales
2001[14] 393
2002 75,477
2003 81,924
2004[15] 86,957
2005 91,972
2006[16] 88,581
2007 81,676
2008[17] 84,767
2009[18] 28,429

See also

References

  1. ^ ReutersSeptember 30, 2009Comments (1) (2009-10-03). "GM to wind down Saturn brand by October 2010". Montrealgazette.com. http://www.montrealgazette.com/wind+down+Saturn+brand+October+2010/2052163/story.html. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  2. ^ "Saturn Vue". Advertisement brochure. Canada: General Motors Corporation and General Motors of Canada Limited, 2006, p.21 of 32.
  3. ^ "GM - GMability Advanced Technology: GM's Belt Alternator Starter... - www.gm.com/company/gmability/adv_tech/300_hybrids". 2003-11-11. http://www.gm.com/company/gmability/adv_tech/300_hybrids/bas_050103.html. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  4. ^ 2007 model EPA Highway rating of 32 mpg.
  5. ^ "Saturn Vue". Advertisement brochure. Canada: General Motors Corporation and General Motors of Canada Limited, 2006, p.8 of 32.
  6. ^ a b "Iihs-Hldi: Saturn Vue". Iihs.org. http://www.iihs.org/ratings/ratingsbyseries.aspx?id=446. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  7. ^ "Its Official: GM Moving Vue Production to Mexico - SaturnFans.com". 2 December 2006. http://www.saturnfans.com/Cars/VUE/2008/vueproductionmexico.shtml. Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  8. ^ "In the Autoblog Garage: 2008 Saturn Vue Red Line - Autoblog.com". 17 October 2007. http://www.autoblog.com/2007/10/17/in-the-autoblog-garage-2008-saturn-vue-red-line/. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  9. ^ "2008 Saturn Vue Green Line, 32 mpg highway for $24,795 - Autoblog.com". 12 October 2008. http://www.autoblog.com/2007/10/12/2008-saturn-vue-green-line-32-mpg-highway-for-24-795/. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  10. ^ How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity
  11. ^ LA Auto Show: Saturn Vue Green Line will offer 2-mode and plug-in hybrid technology - AutoblogGreen
  12. ^ GM Announces Brand New Compact Buick Crossover Plug-in Hybrid
  13. ^ BREAKING: GM cancels Buick crossover before birth, will add PHEV drivetrain to another vehicle
  14. ^ "mediaOnline". Media.gm.com. 2003-01-03. http://media.gm.com/news/sales/030103_decsales.html. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  15. ^ "GM Media Online". Media.gm.com. 2006-01-04. http://media.gm.com/servlet/GatewayServlet?target=http://image.emerald.gm.com/gmnews/viewpressreldetail.do?domain=2&docid=21738. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  16. ^ "GM Media Online". Media.gm.com. 2007-01-03. http://media.gm.com/servlet/GatewayServlet?target=http://image.emerald.gm.com/gmnews/viewmonthlyreleasedetail.do?domain=6&docid=31596. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  17. ^ "GM Media Online". Media.gm.com. 2009-01-05. http://media.gm.com/servlet/GatewayServlet?target=http://image.emerald.gm.com/gmnews/viewpressreldetail.do?domain=2&docid=51161. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  18. ^ http://media.gm.com/content/Pages/news/us/en/2010/Jan/0105_Dec_Sales/_jcr_content/iconrow/textfile/file.res/Deliveries%20December%2009.xls

Saturn Vue
Manufacturer Saturn Corporation (2002–2005)
General Motors (2006–2009)
Production 2002–2009
Model year(s) 2002–2010
Class Compact crossover SUV
Body style(s) 4-door SUV
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Platform GM Theta platform

The Saturn Vue is a compact crossover SUV that was sold by General Motors' Saturn marque, and at one time was Saturn's best-selling model. It was the first vehicle to use the GM Theta platform when it was introduced in 2002. A second generation model was launched in 2007 for the 2008 model as a rebadged Opel Antara model. The vehicle is also known as the Chevrolet Captiva (Mexico, Europe, Brazil), GMC Terrain (Middle East, not related to the North American version), Holden Captiva MaXX (Oceania), Opel Antara (mainland Europe & Ireland), and Vauxhall Antara (UK). Vue production ended as GM wound down the Saturn brand during its 2009 reorganization.[1]

Contents

First generation

First generation (2002–2007)
Model year(s) 2002–2007
Assembly Spring Hill, Tennessee, United States
Engine(s) 2.2 L L61 I4
3.0 L L81 V6
3.5 L J35A3 V6
2.4 L BAS hybrid
Transmission(s) 5-speed Getrag F23 manual
5-speed Aisin AF33 automatic
5-speed Honda automatic
4-speed automatic
4-speed automatic
VTi CVT
Wheelbase 106.6 in (2708 mm)
Length 181.3 in (4605 mm)
Width 71.5 in (1816 mm)
Hybrid: 71.6 in (1819 mm)
Height 66.5 in (1689 mm)
Hybrid: 66.3 in (1684 mm)
Related Opel Antara
Chevrolet Equinox
Pontiac Torrent

The Vue was introduced for the 2002 model year and was designed by Saturn. It was manufactured at the Spring Hill GM plant. Its unibody platform is shared with the Chevrolet Equinox, Pontiac Torrent and the European Opel Antara. The first generation ran from model year 2002-2007.

Four-cylinder Vues use the Ecotec I4. The L81 V6 from the L-Series and 5-speed Aisin AF33 automatic transmission were initially offered, but starting in 2004, all 6-cylinder Vues were equipped with Honda's 250 hp (186 kW) J35A3 engine and a Honda transmission. The four-cylinder Vue was available with the VTi continuously-variable transmission (CVT) until GM canceled it for 2005.

The Vue received a facelift for the 2006 model year. Upgrades included a redesigned interior with higher-quality materials, a new bumper and grille, and some minor cosmetic pieces to the exterior. OnStar is now standard as well as cruise control and automatic headlights.

Red Line

Saturn introduced a special high-performance line of vehicles in 2004 under the name, "Red Line". The Vue Red Line includes the same 250 hp (186 kW) J35A3 V6 but with sportier suspension tuning for performance. 18 in alloy wheels, ground-effect front bumpers, chrome exhaust tip, special black leather and suede seats, footwell lighting, and a special gauge cluster complete the visual updates. It also includes some special interior features as well, such as a higher quality audio system.[2]

Green Line

The high-performance Vue Red Line was joined for 2007 by an environmentally-oriented Green Line model. The Vue is a mild hybrid, or assist hybrid, using what GM calls a "Belt alternator starter" BAS Hybrid system.[3] A large electric motor is connected to the crankshaft via a special accessory drive belt, with a modified automatic transmission fitted.

It automatically stops the engine when the vehicle comes to a halt and instantly restarts it when the vehicle must move again. Not to be confused as just a "start-stop" system, the electric motor also assists somewhat during initial launch, during torque smoothing and when under heavy acceleration. A 36-Volt Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery pack located under the load floor powers the motor/generator unit, and also stores regenerative braking energy. The regenerative charging and electric motor assist functions are shown to the driver via an analog gauge on the dash board, and real-time fuel-economy feedback is accomplished via an "eco" light that glows when the instantaneous fuel economy is beating the window sticker fuel economy values.

The fuel savings are 20% up from the base vehicle's 22 mpg-US (11 L/100 km; 26 mpg-imp)/27 mpg-US (8.7 L/100 km; 32 mpg-imp) city/highway EPA sticker to 27 mpg-US (8.7 L/100 km; 32 mpg-imp)/32 mpg-US (7.4 L/100 km; 38 mpg-imp), the highest highway fuel economy of any 2007 model SUV sold in the US market.[4] In Canada, according to Saturn "the result is a Vue that gets an estimated 8.8 L/100 km (32 mpg-imp; 27 mpg-US) city and 6.7 L/100 km (42 mpg-imp; 35 mpg-US) highway."[5]

The Green Line has a 170 hp (127 kW) 2.4 L Ecotec DOHC-phaser engine which replaces the standard 144 hp (107 kW) 2.2 L engine, resulting in the improvement of 0-60 mph acceleration time by 1.0 second. Pricing for the hybrid is about US$2,000 more than a similarly-equipped Vue, and debuted in production form on January 8, 2006 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Green Line went on sale in fall 2006.

Engines

Years Engine Power Torque
2002–20072.2 L Ecotec L61 I4143 hp (107 kW)152 ft·lbf (206 N·m)
2002–20033.0 L 54-Degree V6181 hp (135 kW)195 ft·lbf (264 N·m)
2004–20073.5 L GM L66 (J35A3) V6250 hp (186 kW)242 ft·lbf (328 N·m)
20072.4 L Ecotec LE5 I4170 hp (127 kW)163 ft·lbf (220 N·m)

Safety

In IIHS crash tests the Vue receives a Good overall rating in the frontal offset crash test. In 2008 models came equipped with standard front and rear head side curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags. These models were given an Acceptable overall rating in side impacts. Models without side airbags were given an overall Poor rating.[6]

Second generation

Second generation (2008–2010)
File:2nd Saturn Vue --
Also called Chevrolet Captiva Sport (Colombia, Mexico, Brazil)
Model year(s) 2008–2010
2008–present (Mexico & Brazil)
Assembly Ramos Arizpe, Mexico
Engine(s) 2.4L LE5 I4
2.4L LAT I4
3.5L LZ4 V6
3.6L LY7 V6
3.6L LCS V6
Transmission(s) 6-speed automatic
4-speed automatic
4-speed/cvt (hybrid only)
Wheelbase 106.6 in (2708 mm)
Length 180.1 in (4575 mm) (SWB)
182.6 in (4638 mm) (LWB)
Width 72.8 in (1849 mm)
Height 66.3 in (1684 mm) (SWB)
Hybrid: 66.2 in (1681 mm)
67.7 in (1720 mm) (LWB)
Curb weight 3,867 lb (1,754 kg) (FWD V6 XR)
Related Opel Antara
Daewoo Winstorm/Chevrolet Captiva
GMC Terrain
Pontiac Torrent
Cadillac SRX
Chevrolet Equinox
Suzuki XL7

Saturn introduced the all-new second generation 2008 Saturn Vue at the 2007 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show (held in Nov-Dec 2006) and is a re-badged Opel Antara with minor modifications, such as a unique center console. A preview of the new design was shown at the 2006 New York International Auto Show as the Saturn PreVue concept, which itself was the same car as the Opel Antara GTC concept displayed in Frankfurt in 2005. While the PreVue had only two doors, production Vue models have four.

Trim levels include the XE, XR, the sporty Red Line and hybrid Green Line. The standard engine is a 169 hp (126 kW) 2.4 liter I4 Ecotec with variable valve timing. Optional engines include a 222 hp (166 kW) 3.5 liter V6 and a 257 hp (192 kW) 3.6 liter DOHC V6.

File:'09 Chevrolet Captiva
2009 Chevrolet Captiva Sport (Mexico)

Production moved to Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, where the Chevrolet HHR is produced.[7] Even though produced at that plant, the vehicle is sold in Mexico as the Chevrolet Captiva, because of the Saturn brand not marketed there.

Red Line

The second-generation Vue Red Line uses the same 3.6 L DOHC V6 from the XR trim level, making the same 257 hp (192 kW) as in the XR, but adds several more sporting changes to separate the Red Line from the XR. This includes Tapshift, allowing manual shifting of the 6-speed automatic transmission, a reduction in ride height of approximately 1-inch (25 mm), and a sport tuned suspension "has differently-tuned shocks and struts, different spring rates, and unique bushings and stabilizer bars."[8] Exterior appearance changes include 18 in alloy wheels, more aggressive front bumper, tail lamps and exhaust tips.

Green Line and 2-Mode Hybrid models

The Vue Green Line Hybrid uses with the same mild hybrid BAS Hybrid system with the 2.4 L Ecotec as first generation Vue. Software updates and optimizations to smooth the operation as well as improve fuel economy. Fuel economy under the new 2008 EPA standards is 25 mpg-US (9.4 L/100 km; 30 mpg-imp)/32 mpg-US (7.4 L/100 km; 38 mpg-imp) city/highway.[9] The Green Line hybrid is not offered with a 4WD transmission, limiting its abilities in poor driving conditions when compared with the other VUE trims and competitors like the Ford Escape.

A full/strong hybrid model featuring GM's Two-Mode system was to have been introduced for the 2009 year model. Combined with a "hybridized" version of the 3.6L V6 dubbed the LCS, a direct injection derivative of the standard 3.6 liter engine providing 262 hp (195 kW) and 250 lb·ft (340 N·m) torque. This version was to have maintained the 3,500 lb (1,600 kg) towing capacity of the standard 3.6 liter engine. The 2-mode was to have utilized the 2mt70 transmission (media.gm.com/ca/gm/en/products/VehiclesEng_docs/e9Vue-hybrid_PIG.doc). Saturn also to dropped the "Greenline" badge for 2009. For the 2010 model year GM was expected to release a plug-in hybrid version of the same 2-mode hybrid platform.[10] This was to have been the first plug in hybrid with the system as original equipment.[11]

Following GM's announced closing of the Saturn brand, the company announced the 2-mode hybrid vehicle would be sold as a compact Buick crossover as 2011. It would include 8 kwh lithium-ion battery pack found in Chevrolet Volt.[12] However, the production plan was cancelled following negative feedback, but the plug-in hybrid powertrain would be transferred to another vehicle in 2011.[13]

Engines

Years Engine Power Torque
2008–20092.4 L Ecotec LE5 I4169 hp (126 kW)Template:Auto ft·lbf
2008–20092.4 L Hybridized Ecotec LAT I4172 hp (128 kW)Template:Auto ft·lbf
2008–20093.5 L High Value LZ4 V6222 hp (166 kW)Template:Auto ft·lbf
2008–20093.6 L High Feature LY7 V6257 hp (192 kW)Template:Auto ft·lbf
20093.6 L High Feature LCS V6262 hp (195 kW)Template:Auto ft·lbf (Hybrid Only)

Safety

The latest Saturn Vue is given the IIHS's Top Safety Pick award. It receives a Good overall score in both the front and side impact tests.[6]

Yearly American sales

Calendar Year Total American sales
2001[14] 393
2002 75,477
2003 81,924
2004[15] 86,957
2005 91,972
2006[16] 88,581
2007 81,676
2008[17] 84,767
2009[18] 28,429

See also

References

  1. ^ ReutersSeptember 30, 2009Comments (1) (2009-10-03). "GM to wind down Saturn brand by October 2010". Montrealgazette.com. http://www.montrealgazette.com/wind+down+Saturn+brand+October+2010/2052163/story.html. Retrieved 2009-11-22. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Saturn Vue". Advertisement brochure. Canada: General Motors Corporation and General Motors of Canada Limited, 2006, p.21 of 32.
  3. ^ "GM - GMability Advanced Technology: GM's Belt Alternator Starter... - www.gm.com/company/gmability/adv_tech/300_hybrids". 2003-11-11. http://www.gm.com/company/gmability/adv_tech/300_hybrids/bas_050103.html. Retrieved 2007-06-14. [dead link]
  4. ^ 2007 model EPA Highway rating of 32 mpg.
  5. ^ "Saturn Vue". Advertisement brochure. Canada: General Motors Corporation and General Motors of Canada Limited, 2006, p.8 of 32.
  6. ^ a b "Iihs-Hldi: Saturn Vue". Iihs.org. http://www.iihs.org/ratings/ratingsbyseries.aspx?id=446. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  7. ^ "Its Official: GM Moving Vue Production to Mexico - SaturnFans.com". 2 December 2006. http://www.saturnfans.com/Cars/VUE/2008/vueproductionmexico.shtml. Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  8. ^ "In the Autoblog Garage: 2008 Saturn Vue Red Line - Autoblog.com". 17 October 2007. http://www.autoblog.com/2007/10/17/in-the-autoblog-garage-2008-saturn-vue-red-line/. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  9. ^ "2008 Saturn Vue Green Line, 32 mpg highway for $24,795 - Autoblog.com". 12 October 2008. http://www.autoblog.com/2007/10/12/2008-saturn-vue-green-line-32-mpg-highway-for-24-795/. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  10. ^ "How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity". Calcars.org. http://www.calcars.org/carmakers.html. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
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