Editor's note: Back in January, Saturn showcased several tech-related announcements at the North American International Auto Show here in Detroit. We received a lot of good questions from the post on FastLane
, so today Kyle Johnson, Director of Saturn Communications, checks back in with us. He's got answers to some of the questions posted by our readers. Thanks for the great responses, and keep them coming. -Alicia Dorset, blog editor
Q: A coupe version could be cool also. -Paul Eccles
A: Coupe version of what, Vue or Flextreme (or other)?
Q: If the industry was able to design and build vehicles that weren't even on the drawing boards in just months, why is GM unable or unwilling to do the same with regards to plug-ins and electric only vehicles? -Kevin R
A: Those vehicles that move quickly from drawing broad to production use validated components. Plug-ins and electric vehicles will rely on technologies/components that have recently been invented and need to go through extensive validation to prove the designs are robust.
Q: This Vue is made to meet new CAFE, so does that mean that the two-mode will cost 6G's more? -Mike
A: We haven't determined pricing on the two-mode option on the Vue. That will happen later this year and we'll announce pricing in the third or fourth quater. But the technology is currently expensive.
Q: How about eliminating the hybrid powertrains and just getting the weight under 4,000 lbs. This Vue weighs as much as a 1970s Cadillac! -Adam
A: And 1970s Cadillacs didn't have the crashworthiness, air bags, ABS, entertainment, navigation, emissions controls and other advanced systems that make the Vue more capable than a 1970s Cadillac. This is an apples-to-oranges comparison.
Q: Was the two-mode hybrid system ever considered with a 1.8L Ecotec engine instead of a V6? -Darren
A: There are a lot of technologies, including hybrid technology, that we haven't yet discussed publicly. I'm not saying yes and I'm not saying no stay tuned.