• Jun 11, 2008


The Saturn Green Line is no longer. In its stead, the planetary brand's hybrid models will simply be known as hybrids. We think this is a good idea considering that the word 'hybrid' is much more readily associated with saving gas than the Green Line moniker. According to Mike Morrissey, a Saturn spokesman, "It was simply a practical matter. As we expand our hybrid lineup, the names were getting a bit long. It's hard to write a short sentence about the Saturn Vue Green Line 2-Mode Hybrid." Amen to that. Though the Green Line name will disappear, the performance version of Saturn's models will retain their Red Line badges.

Saturn's current green line of hybrids includes two models, the Aura and the Vue, both equipped with the so-called "mild hybrid" system that is not capable of moving the vehicle under electric power alone. Next year, a version of the Vue utility vehicle will be offered with a system derived from what is currently available in the Tahoe and Yukon full-sizers known as the 2-Mode. That model will be a full hybrid and should return much better mileage than the current Vue hybrid, which is rated at 25 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway.

[Source: Kicking Tires]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      That's too bad... I thought the 'Green Line' was a really cool naming concept, complete with the little badge.

      They just don't see through things like this well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Green Line lineup Complimented the Red line lineup, IMO, but I can see why they made that move.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wonder when they are going to drop RedLine?

      Could they do a Opel/Vauxhall move with SXR or SPC?
      • 6 Years Ago
      How very typical of GM Marketing: play a shell game with branding when the problem is fundamental to the vehicle. This has a "fiddling on the deck of the Titanic" feel to it
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now to drop Saturn from GM....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nonsense. They will continue to gain sales. They have the freshest line-up, and aside from the big Outlook, all are pretty efficient.
        I recently noticed some European brands using the term Green Line. Green Line could have been expanded to include green diesels, and even high-mileage option groups like the Cobalt now has.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sales are down because they don't nearly sell as many compacts as they used to. You can't always have hits on your hands.

        Dealers seem pretty happy that they're selling two to three times as many midsizes and CUVs now, though!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Continue to gain? Are you being sarcastic or just don't read autoblog much? Sales down 19% on the year, 32% on the month.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am disapointed. I thought Green line was very clever.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sad that environmentalists who demand hybrids can't understand what's a hybrid unless it's spelled out. Reflects the sad state of education in this country. I like the green/red line marketing but then again I'm educated and a car guy which also makes me an endangered species.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if it has anything to do with "green" becoming synonymous with snobby. What ever happened to "blue" becoming the new green?

      Alex, however, has it right: I liked the Green vs. Red Line idea.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Infinihertz, our Green Line is a 2007 and I was comparing to a 2007 Escape, which offered 31 City 29 highway. I wasn't aware that the new ones had gained 3 mpg city. At the time we were comparison shopping, the VUE offered better EPA rated mileage for less money.

      psarhijinian, Road tests that I can find put the Hybrid Escape at 0-60 in about 10 seconds or so. The 2007 Green Line is quicker than that. The new, much heavier 2008 isn't, but isn't much slower, either. Define "Utility"? The Vue has 30.8 Cubic Feet of cargo space to the 2007 Escape's 27.6 and the new one's 29.2.

      The Vue GL gets better mileage than a CRV or 4 cylinder RAV4. As an owner of one for over a year, I think I can offer more real world experience than one rental.

      I don't think that there's anything fundamentally wrong with the vehicle. I think it's the fact that GM will have two separate hybrid technologies in the VUE in the near future and probably is trying to streamline if anything.

        • 6 Years Ago
        On a side note, the Escape Hybrid is receiving the 2.5 Duratec engine good for about 20 more horsepower. So what every advantage the VUE had should be effectively erased. That and a FWD Escape will deliver 35/31, combined we are look at 33 MPG. If GM can do better and offer it around the mid $30's for a fully optioned out VUE, then game on.

        Cars.com recently featured a hybrid test, including the Escape, Civic, Prius and Tahoe hybrids. It was apparently a 'real world' test (i.e. no accelerating like grandma from a stop) and they averaged 38 MPG in the Escape.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Vue 2 Mode uses the 3.6 Direct Injection V6 from the Cadillac CTS (300 horsepower in the Cadillac). It should offer a good balance of mileage and mid 7 second 0-60 acceleration. It may not be the mileage champ, though.

        When we bought our BAS green line, it was, with incentives and financing offers, about $6,000 less than a 2007 Hybrid Escape.

        I'm not knocking the Escape at all, though. It's a great vehicle and I'm glad to see Ford continually improve it. Looking forward to the hybrid Fusion.

        Competition makes everyone better!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Will it cost $50k like the Tahoe? Or only $40k? To sell this it would have to cost $25k to compete with the Escape, Civic, Prius hybrids.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thats dissapointing to read. I really like the Green Line idea. The could put the badge on the vehicle like they do with the Red Line. I think its a bad move on GM's Part.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just another part of Saturn's unique identification stripped away.

      The Green Line brand name would have more relevence if GM actually stuck it on a real two-mode hybrid instead of the "hybrid light" BS they have it on now. It would also help if they actually advertised it to educate consumers.

      GM hybrid sales overall are abysmal, Toyota pretty much owns and is associated with the world, GM needs something that sounds different to stick in people's minds.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The only way the Civic can run on electric motor only is if the gas motor is still spinning. The electric motor has to drive the entire gas engine and the wheels too, which isn't efficient. It's strictly for marketing.

        http://www.greencarcongress.com/2005/09/show_time_for_t.html

        Note there is no power curve for all-electric mode.

        If you think this is useful, then bully for you. But it's useless. If this were useful, GM could do it too with their 1-mode system.
        • 6 Years Ago
        light hybrid bs? Whats bs about it? The only difference is the car won't move under electric power only, but all the other elements are there. Are flightless birds bs because they don't fly? In spite of the beaks and feathers and egg laying n' such? Eclectic metaphor I know, but the point stands
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, the Honda civic hybrid can move up to about 5mph on electricity alone.

        The NEXT GM 'lite hybrid' is supposed to have that function.

        The current system is total b.s. It is a proof of concept at best. It cuts fuel earlier/sooner than normal, it cuts the engine when stopped.
        at the cost of no spare wheel, and a taller axle ratio on the 4 speed automatic.
        Totally worthless compared to the 6t40.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Honda Civic Hybrid cannot run on electric power alone either.

        I guess GM and Honda are both in the technological backwater.
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