A caravan of Saturn Vue 2-Mode Hybrids departs today
from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit bound for
the upcoming presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.
The caravan’s theme is “The Road to Change Starts in Your Driveway.” It
will make stops along the way to encourage people to pledge to make
positive changes to reduce the nation’s energy consumption. Once in
Washington, the hybrid vehicles will be used to provide courtesy
transportation for inaugural events.
caravan is scheduled to make stops at Ohio State University in
Columbus, Penn State University in State College, and Howard University
in Washington, D.C. Other stops are scheduled in Ottawa Elementary in
Toledo, Ohio; Saturn of Monroeville, Pa.; and Saturn of Harrisburg, Pa.
Students and the general public will have the
opportunity to sign an oversized card wishing President-elect Obama
well as he assumes the presidency. The card will be printed on paper
infused with wildflower seeds that will be planted after it is shared
with the new president.
People can also have
their photo taken as they hold a sign declaring their individual
“Pledge for Change.” Participants can make any pledge they want, with
possible examples being “I pledge to change my car’s air filter.” or “I
pledge to turn out the lights when I leave my dorm room.” The photos
will be posted on Facebook (search on “Saturn”).
“At Saturn, our commitment to change is evident in our current and
future lineups of hybrids and other fuel-efficient vehicles,” said
Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak. “While buying a vehicle with
better fuel economy is one big change people can make, we also want to
encourage small, everyday steps.” At the caravan stops, Saturn will
distribute tip sheets with advice on eco-friendly vehicle care and
Vehicles participating in the
caravan – 2009 Vue 2-Mode Hybrids – utilize Saturn’s newest hybrid
technology and will deliver approximately 50-percent better fuel
economy than the equivalent non-hybrid model. When it goes on sale
later this year, the Vue 2-Mode is expected to be the most
fuel-efficient gasoline V-6 vehicle on the market.