• Jun 15, 2009
Click above to watch the video after the jump

For all those weeping and gnashing their teeth over the loss of the 2-Mode Hybrid Saturn Vue, a ray of hope may be on the horizon from a seemingly unlikely source. According to a posting on GM-Volt.com, there's a possibility that an upcoming sub-Enclave crossover from Buick could be granted access to the sophisticated hybrid technology that GM had initially intended for the latest Saturn Vue.

The world may have gotten a sneak peek at the new Buick 'ute on a recent CBS News piece that featured an interview with GM design head Ed Welburn. As the rumors go, the new CUV will share the same platform as the soon-to-be-departing Saturn Vue, so it theoretically shouldn't be too difficult to port the technology over to Buick for a 2011 model year release. Of course, there still remains the possibility that the 2-Mode could also make an appearance in the latest Chevrolet Equinox or Cadillac SRX. Either way, you can check out the CBS News footage after the jump or read more about the possibility of a Buick 2-Mode at the link below.

[Sources: GM-Volt.com, CBS News]





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      • 5 Years Ago
      So the Equinox and Terrain get one more in-house competitor?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Talking GM Quality : I have a friend who owns a 2009 uplander ( Canada ), he brought it 2-3 weeks back and now he has a check engine light on ( was coming on and off and then became constantly one ) , and today he has bring it back to dealership. He was too upset and saying his 10 year old import never went back to dealership any time after he brought for any issues like this. He was even upset on me for recommending an american car and worried on hard earned dollars he put it on the uplander.

      To be true : GM had to really make quality cars instead of saying its a perception and we changed it.

      Again I see the video/Pic shows a Big grill and huge front which is bad for aerodynamics and the design chief draws a big front end vehicle and talks on aerodynamics. looks this is what happening in GM. Last day i was looking on a traverse, i don't know why it requires that a big grill. It looks design in GM is place a grill and design around than place a theme and design around and put a grill suited for the theme.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I had a Nissan which spent more time in the dealer's garage than in my possession. Your single example is just that...single.
      • 5 Years Ago
      JB35, you really need to do two things before you make such a statement.
      1 Go back and look at the Buicks of the past
      2. Learn what style really is.......
      Buicks current "griils" are Governments Motors attempt at retro styling. Acuras on the otherhand is simply someone who didn't take their meds .
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol


        the recent Buick design language is very good. most of us remember Buick from teh 80s adn 90s adn all we know is they are old peoples cars (grandmas & grnandpas) so now that they have this fresh good looking design we're a bit confused on how to take it

        i definitely think it's the right direction and an Enclave for the wife would be perfoct adn we're in our very late 20's

        a few years agoi wouldn't even bother to bring the work Buick in my vocabulary
        • 5 Years Ago
        Regardless how they came about, the grilles are somewhat similar, and neither are anything close to attractive.

        And Buick grilles of the past, at least if you go back half a century, were pretty cool. Acura, on the other hand, hasn't been good-looking since they adopted alpha-numeric names.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As far as I am concerned, at this point, two mode hybrid is vaporware.

      All the articles, test drives etc don't mean anything if GM is not going actually sell a vehicle with one.

      By the way it comes out, the technology is obsolete compared with other hybrid/electric technologies. Way to go GM!
        • 5 Years Ago
        oinky,

        Meet the Silverado, Sierra, Tahoe, Yukon, and Escalade 2-Mode Hybrids. On sale since the 2008 model year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's just another hybrid nobody wants. Just look at the sales figures for their existing hybrids - only 1% of total sales for GM in March 2009 were hybrids. That's something like 1000 cars, all losing money.

        Badge-engineering the Silverado, Sierra, Tahoe, Yukon, and Escalade doesn't mean they actually sell any.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Forgot about the trucks 2-mode hybrid. My bad.

        I was calling Saturn dealers about the Vue 2-mode because I was very interested in getting it and they gave me the runaround, even tried to steer me away from hybrids. I think the problem is with GM dealers - they don't know how to sell hybrids and try to steer customers to what they know how to sell and have in stock.

        That's why the sales results are not good. Then GM management would drop the hybrids -- which is not indicative of what the client wants.

        I ended up not buying a GM vehicle, I found the dealership experience very lacking. This is not blasting American dealerships in general, I found VW & Mazda dealerships are bad as well, at least the ones I went to.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No! Bad GM, Bad! *whacks with newspaper* We do not sell the same vehicle in each brand!
        • 5 Years Ago
        At least this one isn't badge-engineered like the Terraza was. Seriously, whose bright idea was it to bring the Terraza to market?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Never mind Suv's! Buick has to start making cars that people really want to buy...maybe with manual tannies, all-wheel drive, and maybe a good 4-clyinder turbo or even a diesel. This Ed-guy
      is living a fantasy world and was part of GM's problem...somebody please wake this guy up!
        • 5 Years Ago
        You just contradicted yourself....very few people WANT a manual transmission, especially in a Buick.
      • 5 Years Ago
      oinky, you are so right, they should have never ended the EV-1 program.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it me or are the new Buick beak (grill) and the new Acura beak (grill) a little similar? Though I believe that GM did a better styling job for their Buick beak.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here we go again!! Why does Buick need a small CUV when Chevy and Cadillac has one already? Is there really a need to all three?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't forget the GMC Terrain, which will be on the same platform.

        I admit that I'm a GM apologist. But I do agree that, while a TE-based Buick fills a hole in Buick's line, that hole doesn't exist within the corporate lineup...or even the Buick-GMC dealer lineup.

        What Buick needs to do if they want a smaller brother to the Enclave, is to offer an AWD Insignia Tourer with a little bit of lift. Not another TE vehicle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love designs of GM's new cars. It's a shame it took this long.
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