The new Green Line version of the Saturn Vue will entitle owners to a $650 tax credit, Saturn GM Jill Lajdziak announced Tuesday. Speaking at the Motor Press Guild in Los Angeles, Lajdziak also indicated that the "hybrid price premium" would be only a couple of thousand dollars, lower than the amount other automakers charge for hybrids vs. comparable models or trims.
hahhaha and the lowest tax offer of them all, then again they came a bit too late to the game before the taxes are phased out...
i got around 20 km a liter when i drove a civic 5 spd using advanced hypermiler techniques
and now I drive a salvage nwh20 prius that gets almost to 25 km/l with 195,000 km to date. (retired)
1997 BMW 318IS with m44 engine (1.9 liters > 130 horsepower on 91 octane, capable of 30 mpg highway)
The Vue will use the Belt-Alternator-Starter system. It has limited assist and regen capabilities, but will autostop like any other hybrid. It should manage a modest increase in gas mileage, but nothing all that exciting.
A modest increase in mpg is nice, but the premium price is lower for this hybrid. So you're getting hybrid functionality with the start-stop with a better impact on the environment than most SUVs without such a steep cost. That's why it's exciting.
I'm not so sure the Saturn Vue Hybrid (VueHy?) really addresses the emission part of hybrids. I mean, sure, the MPG is 10% better, but only the CO2 (MPG-based, use less pollute less) emissions will be decreaesd. What about NOx and the like? Any specific clean-engine tech, like the Atkinson-Miller Prius cycle? Anyone help me out here. Will it be a SULEV or better? For ALL states?
I'm of the mindset, you pay less you get less. I feel in buying a Prius you get much more dollar for dollar. My opinion. And I'll have to drive the VueHy to really have a better viewpoint. That's just it, WHEN??
'04 Seaside Pearl #7. Fumoto oil drain, mudflaps, rear bumper scuff protector & rear warn system, compass mirror, EV mode button, 8" subwoofer in right rear cubby & 6" subs under seats, power lumbar & seat heaters in the front seats, Coastaletech hitch w/ Aspen bike/snowboard rack. iPod2car, 2 amps, Alpine component speakers, and DVD video, solid 47 MPG @ 75000 miles.