6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

Car Tech Video: 2009 Saturn Vue Green Line 2 Mode

About Video Transcript

Car Tech Video: 2009 Saturn Vue Green Line 2 Mode

1:56 /

The 2009 Saturn Vue Green Line 2 Mode is the first car to offer two different hybrid powertrains. We take a first look from the 2008 Detroit auto show.

>> [ music ] ^m00:00:07 It wasn't so long ago that it was novel to find a car that was a hybrid. Now we have the first model of car, the Saturn Vue that comes in 2 flavors of hybrid. This is the Saturn Vue green line 2 mode; it joins the original 1 mode still on the market. What they do is have 2 electric motors in the transmission casing. In mode 1 it can run electric only, and electric helping the 3 point 6 V6 or 3 point 6 V6 gas only. Mode 2 is when you're at cruising speed and want to keep the gas engine in the sweet spot and the electric motors help out here and there to keep that happening. So there isn't the really bright line within the 2 modes but it is more sophisticated than the original green line hybrid. Also to make this thing nice and lean, they've got idle stop, fuel cut off during deceleration, all reversing is electric only, and they have low drag accessories mounted on the engine. If you really want to go green, check this out. This is called the Saturn flex dream, you could think of it as Saturn's volt. It has the Eflex technology that's been so celebrated and watched in the Chevy Volt. So lithium ion battery pack runs an electric powertrain that drives the car, plug in, so you can charge it over night. 34 miles of pure electric driving, then when that's depleted a little turbo diesel, little itty bitty thing kicks in to run generator to send more juice to the batteries to keep ya going, so you get long real world range but at no point does that turbo diesel ever directly drive the car. That's the Eflex idea. A lot of polycarbonates are being used here. You're gonna see more and more of an emphasis on late cars because after a while, leaner power trains are gonna hit a certain level of where they've been maxed out, then the cars have got to get lighter. [ music ]

New releases

XCAR Awards 2014: Person of the year
1:41 December 20, 2014
Some incredibly people crossed paths with XCAR in 2014. We look back to see who impressed us most.
Play video
2014 BMW i8 (CNET On Cars, Episode 56)
19:02 December 19, 2014
BMW's i8 is definitely a taste of the future -- but whose? We'll shed some light on MPGe, the benchmark for tomorrow's cars. And we...
Play video
Need a new size? Just tap the mirror
1:55 December 19, 2014
In a place where fashion comes first, tech is coming in at a close second. In major department stores and small boutiques, the dressing...
Play video
Did life forms exist on Mars? Curiosity makes a big find, Ep. 187
4:46 December 19, 2014
It's the last Crave show of 2014. This week, Curiosity makes a huge discovery, the US Navy has a shark drone and American satellites...
Play video
Obama: Sony wrong to pull movie over hackers' threats
2:56 December 19, 2014
President Obama addresses the Sony cyberattack and vows to respond to North Korea. Also, T-Mobile settles cramming lawsuit, and Facebook...
Play video
A cheap activity tracker you will actually want to wear
2:11 December 19, 2014
CNET's Dan Graziano gives you a look at one of the most affordable fitness trackers on the market.
Play video
Embarrassing moments in tech (2014)
2:53 December 19, 2014
The high profile tech of 2014 that aimed for the stars and landed in the gutter.
Play video
Solid tablet design hindered by so-so performance
2:48 December 19, 2014
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 has an excellent ergonomic build, but its performance lacks the same finesse.
Play video