Just weeks after announcing that Buick would be the home for the Saturn Vue's plug-in hybrid platform, GM has decided to pull the program from Buick and assign it to another brand.
While I was excited about up-scaling the Vue a bit (with the hopes of decreasing volume and increasing price, thus getting closer to breaking even) everyone else was getting angry about the down-scaling of the Buick brand.
The press (aside from me) dealers and Buick fans alike were all up in arms about the idea. So, as an example of how agile the new GM is on its feet, they've cancelled the project.
So I should be angry right? Well, not yet. According to GM, the Vue's plug-in platform will be ported to yet another brand with no change in the 2011 release date for the vehicle. So, in the end, we will still have a plug-in hybrid crossover (or SUV) to help soccer moms start saving gas in 2011.
written by Oakleigh Solargroupies, August 20, 2009
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