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Saturn's Sticker Shock
Vue bows with $3,295 price increase
By RICK KRANZ | Link to Original Article @ AutoWeek | Updated: 04/30/07, 8:46 am et
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When the 2008 Saturn Vue appears at dealerships next month, previous owners may feel some sticker shock.

The base price for the re-engineered, restyled Vue is $21,395 including shipping, a $3,295 bump over the 2007 model.

The base price of the crossover is close to that of such 2007 rivals as the Honda CR-V, at $21,195, and Toyota RAV4, at $21,595. But it is above the Ford Escape, which stickers for $19,985. All prices include shipping.

"Keep in mind that the previous model had a smaller four-cylinder engine with a manual transmission," says Robert Reuter, global vehicle chief engineer for General Motors' compact crossover vehicles. A four-speed automatic transmission and a bigger engine - a 169-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder - are standard on the 2008. A manual transmission is no longer offered.

Added standard equipment includes stability control, head curtain airbags, antilock brakes, collapsible pedals and 16-inch alloy wheels.

"They are trying to move Saturn upmarket. They really want to take it out of that kind of low end of the spectrum," says Erich Merkle, director of forecasting at IRN Inc., a consulting firm in Grand Rapids, Mich. "But the question remains: Is the market ready to make that leap with them?"

Merkle thinks that at some point after the new Vue goes on sale, Saturn could be forced to spur sales by reducing content from the base vehicle and lowering its price.

Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak would not predict Vue sales.

Last year 82,468 Vues were sold, ending the year as Saturn's No. 2 vehicle.

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For comparison's sake, to bring a 2007 VUE up to 2008 base VUE levels (automatic, ABS, side-curtain airbags, MP3, floor mats, XM), the total would be $21,699, a $300 advantage for the new VUE.

Keep in mind that doesn't include Stabilitrak, body-color mirrors, disc brakes, and 25 more horsepower that the 2008 VUE has.
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after seeing the new Vue at the auto show, i must say, they likely can compete with these higher prices, assuming they get the word out about how well appointed this thing is.

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I thought I saw it in the release notes which Fly posts when a new vehicle is released, that there was going to be a five speed manual tranny. I guess it may appear later in the model year.

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I thought I saw it in the release notes which Fly posts when a new vehicle is released, that there was going to be a five speed manual tranny. I guess it may appear later in the model year.

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lot's of previous gen vue buyers got the manual, i would be surprised to see saturn be that stupid to get rid of it.

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So with the GM discount it'd be right around 20 grand. Not bad.

Actually, that's fine. I think people will pay the extra price anyways.

If they are that worried about it-offer a small rebate on it when it first comes out so it will ease the pain a bit.

Heck, give the Saturn owners some bonus cash when the turn their old Saturns in......

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lot's of previous gen vue buyers got the manual, i would be surprised to see saturn be that stupid to get rid of it.

Most have the auto out here.

A lot depends on where you live...

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after seeing the new Vue at the auto show, i must say, they likely can compete with these higher prices, assuming they get the word out about how well appointed this thing is.

Yep.

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lot's of previous gen vue buyers got the manual, i would be surprised to see saturn be that stupid to get rid of it.

Quantify "lots". Few people buy manual cars, fewer buy manual S/CUVs.
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After seeing that it is coming in better equipped I think what they are doing is cool. Let the Equinox catch the bottom feeders. LOL! Just kidding but it came be the lower end model.

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Dropping the gas saving 5 speed manual is dumb. Making all this stuff std equipment is going to price this rather bland looking crossover out of many buyers hands and with so much extra curbweight and the now std 4 speed automatic, gas mileage will suffer. This is yet another classic case of a GM one step forward and 2 steps back.

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good increase. i'm glad GM is keeping it right in line with their competitors & the new model looks way more expensive than the model it replaces, with much better content.

NOTE: according to the online ordering guide, the 4spd only comes on one model, the FWD XE and hybrid, EVERYTHING else gets the 6spd (including XE AWD models)

it's not really that big of a deal. either GM wanted to keep the cost lower on the cheaper models, or they think more people will be buying XR's or something. it's not a huge deal.

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I'm not happy about the large price increase.

I know, I know...there is more standard equipment, it is a better vehicle...but....this is what I do know:

-when most new vehicles are launched, they only have a modest price increase over the outgoing one

-for the way I would want one equiped, it is thousands over what I would get now. There is a lot more standard equipment, but most of it is for stuff I don't want or need.

I have owned a Vue in the past and I saw the new one at the Ny auto show, and I liked it a lot. But I'd be interested in a Redline FWD vue, and I simply cannot justify a $28,000+ price for one.

I still like it, dont' get me wrong, but for that price, I won't be getting one.

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Let the Nox have the lower MSRP and the discounts. If you want to move Saturn upscale, you have to accept a higher price. It's not like Saturn is trying to take a Zeta body and make a 90k sedan out of it with the Saturn badge. <glares at VW>.

A 3,700k increase in base price with a corresponding or greater increase in features is justifiable. Not every car can start at 19k anymore.

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Dropping the gas saving 5 speed manual is dumb.

The present manual transmission VUE gets just 1 mpg more than does the automatic VUE in city driving and 2 mpg in freeway driving.

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The present manual transmission VUE gets just 1 mpg more than does the automatic VUE in city driving and 2 mpg in freeway driving.

Those differences also assume you know how to shift better than an automatic does.

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Those differences also assume you know how to shift better than an automatic does.

Very true...and women tend to love this car...so having no stick might piss off a few guys..that's about it.

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It will be interesting to see how it does head on in sales vs the CRV.

The porky curb weight is a bad joke just like Epsilon.

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Given it's a fixed price, I find the new Vue a bit pricey. I have no problem with moving up market but Saturn needs to prove itself before it can price effectively higher than Honda and Toyota.

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Well I'm happy they're not following in Japan footsteps...downgrading equipment just to lower MSRP.

OOOO! Look new vue staring at $17,295...if you like bargain basement junk.

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The increase is fine...it has a lot more equipment and no longer looks cheap. I think sales will start slow but increase as the word gets out. Besides, who wants a stripper model anyway? If you're gonna spend a good chunk of many anyway, spend a little more and get things like A/C.

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Let the Nox have the lower MSRP and the discounts. If you want to move Saturn upscale, you have to accept a higher price. It's not like Saturn is trying to take a Zeta body and make a 90k sedan out of it with the Saturn badge. <glares at VW>.

A 3,700k increase in base price with a corresponding or greater increase in features is justifiable. Not every car can start at 19k anymore.

The 2007 Equinox starts at $22865 which is nearly $1500 more than the Vue. I don't ever see Chevrolet dropping the price of the Nox below the new Vue. To do that would require a complete rethink of the vehicle and deleting the std V6 and 5 speed automatic/ABS/cruise etc. Just like the new 2008 mileage standards which will have people in a dither when comparing old vs new, the 2008 Vue is going to look mighty pricey to those comparing the 2 years base prices, even if it does have more std equipment.

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The 2007 Equinox starts at $22865 which is nearly $1500 more than the Vue. I don't ever see Chevrolet dropping the price of the Nox below the new Vue. To do that would require a complete rethink of the vehicle and deleting the std V6 and 5 speed automatic/ABS/cruise etc. Just like the new 2008 mileage standards which will have people in a dither when comparing old vs new, the 2008 Vue is going to look mighty pricey to those comparing the 2 years base prices, even if it does have more std equipment.

I can get rebates, price breaks, and GM card points on a 'Nox.

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I can get rebates, price breaks, and GM card points on a 'Nox.

Yep. And there are going to be some good deals since the car has aged a bit....

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For those of you saying "let the nox be the lower model" - you're forgetting that Saturn is meant to make customers of those who wouldn't buy from another GM brand. Plus, the nox isn't a Vue with different sheetmetal anymore...

Lots of people buy bare bones models. I don't know if not having a true bare bones model is wise for Saturn or not, but I'm leaning toward not. Also, the comment about women & automatics... my wife really enjoys driving a manual tranny car on a regular basis. I could see it as an overall trend, but don't assume that it's 100%.

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