As GM faces an increasingly dire financial situation, many vehicle development programs are being delayed. The latest vehicle to be affected is the forthcoming Saturn Vue Plug-In Hybrid, which is now expected to launch in 2011.
A development of the upcoming 2010 Saturn Vue Two-Mode hybrid, the Vue Plug-In Hybrid would allow customers to recharge their vehicles either through driving or by plugging the vehicle into an electric outlet. Like the standard Vue Two-Mode, the Vue PHEV would have also used the direct-injection 3.6-liter V-6 coupled to a scaled-down version of GM's Two-Mode hybrid transmission, which appears in its full-size truck hybrids. Since its introduction at the 2008 Detroit auto show, GM had remained relatively non-committal about the launch timing for the Vue PHEV, citing battery and charging technology needed to come up to snuff before offering the system to the general public. Those issues seemed to be resolved, as insiders were suggesting the hybrid 'ute could have reached the market by the fourth quarter of 2009. Had that been the case, the Vue could have been the first production plug-in hybrid on the market. Instead, look for it to arrive somewhere around 2011, along with the Chevrolet Volt EREV and the more conventional Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan. Source: CNN Money