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Saturn Vue Green Line Gets Lowest Hybrid SUV Price, Best SUV Highway Fuel Economy Rating

New hybrid MSRP starts at $22,995; receives official EPA highway rating of 32 mpg

Detroit -- Saturn announced today that the new 2007 Vue Green Line hybrid SUV will carry a starting price of $22,995 (including destination charge), making it the lowest-priced hybrid SUV on the market.

In addition to its value price, Vue Green Line will carry an EPA fuel economy rating of 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway – the best highway fuel economy of any SUV currently available. That equates a to 20 percent improvement in fuel economy compared to a non-hybrid Vue, depending on driving conditions.

“The Vue Green Line proves you can go green without going broke,” said Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak. “With a starting sticker price almost $4,000 less than any competing hybrid SUV, it makes true hybrid fuel savings available to more people than ever before.”

The Vue Green Line will be produced in Spring Hill, Tenn., and will begin arriving in Saturn retail facilities later this summer.

The Vue’s hybrid system combines sophisticated controls with a precise electric motor/generator mated to the engine. The system delivers fuel economy gains by providing electric power assist during acceleration, through early fuel cut-off during deceleration with torque smoothing and by shutting the engine off at idle. The system also captures electrical energy through regenerative braking.

The vehicle’s 2.4 liter hybrid powertrain provides approximately 170 horsepower – 27 more horsepower than the 2.2 liter engine that powers the conventional Vue. The Vue Green Line’s acceleration is comparable or better than similarly equipped non-hybrid SUVs.

In addition to its hybrid powertrain, the Vue Green Line also features several standard equipment upgrades, including antilock brakes with traction control, 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome-finish skid plates, body-color door handles and exterior mirrors, bright side moldings and rear spoiler as well as specific instrumentation designed to provide the driver with hybrid system information.

As with all Vues, the Green Line model offers standard power convenience package (windows, door locks and exterior mirrors), remote keyless entry, fold-flat front passenger seatback and rear cargo organizer. All Saturn vehicles also come equipped with OnStar and a one-year subscription to the Safe and Sound service plan.

Complete information on the Vue Green Line can be found on the Web at www.saturn.com.

This year, Saturn will double the number of entries in its portfolio, beginning with the Sky roadster that is now arriving at retailers. Later this summer, the Vue Green Line will be joined with the all-new Aura sports sedan and the 260-horsepower turbocharged Sky Red Line. The eight-passenger Outlook crossover utility enters the market toward the end of the year.

Saturn also recently announced plans for a Green Line hybrid version of the Aura sedan in 2007.

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Here's how the Green Line fits relative to other VUEs...

VUE FWD 4

$17,990 + ABS/TC ($600) + automatic ($1355) + alloys ($400) + skid plates ($170) = $20,515

VUE FWD V6

$21,990 (ABS/TC, automatic, and alloys standard) + skid plates ($170) = $22,160

VUE Green Line

$22,995 (ABS/TC, automatic, alloys, and skid plates standard) = $22,995

Performance and economy...

FWD 4 - 143 horsepower (22/27 MPG)

FWD V6 - 250 horsepower (20/28 MPG)

Greenline - 170 horsepower (27/32 MPG)

The GL commands a $2,480 premium over a comparably equipped non-hybrid VUE. Assuming 12,000 miles per year, 50/50 mix of city/highway, and regular unleaded at $3.30/gallon, it'll take 9 years of driving (108,000 miles) to regain the initial premium. Of course the Green Line has more power than the non-hybrid VUE, but less than the 250-horsepower V6.

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It would depend on where you drive, but the GL seems to be more suited to stop-and-go driving because it won't burn gas sitting in a line at a stoplight or in a traffic jam. I drive almost 100% in the city, so for someone like me it would be pretty good.

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Here's how the Ford's hybrid compares...

Escape Hybrid FWD

$26,215 (ABS/TC, automatic, and alloys standard) - $2,600 tax credit = $23,615

133 (gas) + 94 (electric) horsepower (36/31 MPG)

The Escape Hybrid costs $620 more than the VUE Green Line. At 12K mi/year, 50/50 city/highway, and regular at $3.30/gallon, it'll take the Escape 3 years and 10 months to regain the $620 premium over the VUE and start saving money.

A similarly equipped Escape V6 (the Escape Hybrid has performance similar to V6) costs $23,245 after $500 rebate. The Escape Hybrid has 0% 60-mo financing, however. If you're buying an Escape, definitely go for the Hybrid, which will start saving money in fewer than six months (Escape V6 gets just 20/24).

EDIT: But, yeah, what's more relevant are the gallons of fuel you save from burning into the atmosphere...

A VUE Green Line will consume 83 fewer gallons of fuel and emit 0.8 tons fewer CO2 emissions anually than a VUE 4, while an Escape Hybrid will consume 187 fewer gallons of fuel anually and emit 1.8 fewer tons of CO2 than an Escape V6.

Edited by empowah

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One problem is that you did not deduct the tax break from the Vue's price tag off the back which would mean you would not really be set back.

$22,995

- $2600

20,395 which is cheaper than the base model similarly equipped!

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One problem is that you did not deduct the tax break from the Vue's price tag off the back which would mean you would not really be set back.

  $22,995

- $2600

20,395 which is cheaper than the base model similarly equipped!

There are no tax breaks for the VUE.

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What the hell?! I posted this yesterday morning and got 3 replies all day. It gets reposted at close to midnight and it's the hottest thing since sliced bread. I don't get it. :hissyfit::hissyfit::hissyfit:

:lol:

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Great, but the Vue is just ugly. It will be that much more interesting when they do it with a sedan, or a compact car (Cobalt, or ??).

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Great, but the Vue is just ugly.  It will be that much more interesting when they do it with a sedan, or a compact car (Cobalt, or ??).

nah, the vue is pretty nice to look at.....

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Heck of a bargain. It's perception people. GM is now a hybrid player and will roll this out to other vehicles in the near future.

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it'll be great when this gets into a malibu 2.4L(assuming that'll be the base engine in 08), 28/36 seems reasonable, (changed it to +4 not +5 like on the vue's) maybe by "08 the 2.4 will have DI also and make more like 190~200hp?

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it'll be great when this gets into a malibu 2.4L(assuming that'll be the base engine in 08), 28/36 seems reasonable, (changed it to +4 not +5 like on the vue's) maybe by "08 the 2.4 will have DI also and make more like 190~200hp?

According to the link above, a Malibu with BAS system will get 27 MPG city. It better be a lot, lot cheaper than the Camry Hybrid (40 MPG).

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vue:..................................... stick? auto v6

Curb Weight - Automatic (lb.) No data 3246 3478

Curb Weight - Manual (lb.) 3111 No data No data

malibu:

Curb Weight - Automatic (lb.) 3174 3297 3315 3315

"msn autos" since the wieghts arn't on chevy.com for the 'BU...?

we assuming the battery in the vue adds....~100lbs? making it closer to 3350lbs? the bu maybe closer to 3250?

hm..didn't know it was that light? well on second thought, i guess the 6speed wouldn't be going in these would it? i guess the 27MPG city seems fine, but they seem to be jumping the gun putting that in there... it going to be a 1/2 Year intro?(the malibu)

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Isn't a Toyota Prius only $1,500 less? That's awesome pricing! Can't wait to see this and how it will grow Saturn! Saw a Red Line today and it looked dynamite-bet we can expect the same thing here!

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Good price for a great vehicle. The GL only adds to the VUE's appeal, which grew exponentially after the redesign.

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The Vue Green Line is getting bad buzz in the usual envirowhacky circles (read: Hybrid forums). But I think that this may be the most significant hybrid since the second Toyota Prius.

At this price range, no other product can compete with the Green Line. And according to some tests they've done, in real world performance it gets *almost* the same fuel economy as the Ford Escape Hybrid, a vehicle that costs much more.

Basically GM has figured out a way to give you 80% of the benefits of hybrid technology at about 20% of the cost (as one lone dissenter on a Toyota Prius forum put it). That is significant.

Edited by Shantanu

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According to the link above, a Malibu with BAS system will get 27 MPG city. It better be a lot, lot cheaper than the Camry Hybrid (40 MPG).

Yeah but that thing also says the Prius gets 60mpg, which as we all know is an extreme crock of $h!. :banghead:

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Yeah but that thing also says the Prius gets 60mpg, which as we all know is an extreme crock of $h!. :banghead:

Mag tests of the Camry Hybrid have substantiated the claim, I believe. They did not on the Prius.

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The Vue Green Line is getting bad buzz in the usual envirowhacky circles (read: Hybrid forums).  But I think that this may be the most significant hybrid since the second Toyota Prius.

At this price range, no other product can compete with the Green Line.  And according to some tests they've done, in real world performance it gets *almost* the same fuel economy as the Ford Escape Hybrid, a vehicle that costs much more.

Basically GM has figured out a way to give you 80% of the benefits of hybrid technology at about 20% of the cost (as one lone dissenter on a Toyota Prius forum put it).  That is significant.

The only reasons it gets bad buzz from them is becuase 1) its a GM vehicle and 2) it makes em look idiotic for paying that much for a full hybrid when GM's cheaper system works good.

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