At this time, Saturn sells hybrid versions of the Vue crossover and Aura sedan. Overall, the company was the second brand owned by General Motors when it comes to 2008 hybrid sales, with 5,838 units vehicles sold in the United States, according to figures provided by Autonews. In case Saturn is discontinued, General Motors will continue to offer Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups plus three full-sized Two Mode SUVs.
A thing worth mentioning is that General Motors doesn't plan to transfer the technology used for manufacturing Saturn hybrid to one of the four surviving units: Cadillac, Buick, Chevrolet and GMC.
"There will be no technology transfer from Saturn," a source familiar with the matter told Autonews. "There is a lot of doubt internally as to what comes to production. Everything is in the air. Everything goes through the government."
However, Mark LaNeve, GM's North American sales chief, shared a different point of view and hinted that Saturn's hybrid assembly lines might be transferred to other manufacturers within General Motors after all.
"Any of the four core brands could get our technology," LaNeve was quoted as saying by Autonews. "There's not a hybrid in Saturn that is exclusive to Saturn. Nothing changes there, unless someone who buys Saturn says we want us to continue building hybrids for this brand and we agree to do it."