During the General Motors
third quarter earnings (or lack thereof) conference call on Friday, company executives discussed the vehicle introduction schedule for 2009 and 2010. Several cars that had been expected to debut during 2009 have been pushed back to the following year, including the Saab 9-4X
and Cadillac CTS
declined to discuss any vehicles beyond the 2010 calendar year. One vehicle that notable by its absence in the list of vehicle launches is the Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid
. The two-mode hybrid
version of the Vue
is launching production right about now and the first drives are due in about a month. The plug-in variant that was expected to launch late in 2009, although GM has never given an official date, only approximate targets. A late 2009 production launch would have made the Vue among the first, if not the
first production PHEVs on market. During the call, GM president Fritz Henderson explained that the list was not exhaustive. At this point we're still waiting to hear more from GM on the fate of the PHEV Vue.