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Saturn + Penske = Electric

Monday July 6th, 2009 at 7:77 AM
Posted by: tonyb

electric smart car

First came the news that GM was going to sell Saturn. Then came the news that Roger Penske, of all people, was going to buy Saturn. And now the speculation swirls around just what Penske will do with his newly acquired car company. So far, it can be summed up in one word: electric.

The agreement between GM & Penske says that The General will keep building the Aura, Vue, and Outlook models for The Captain on a contract basis, but that GM would be using the powertrain from the Vue Hybrid on its GM-only Equinox smaller SUV. This arrangement leaves Saturn without any hybrids, and the rest of their models, although given decent mileage, might not be able to cut the mustard as CAFE standards rise.

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Saturn Might Be Sold To New Investors

Monday April 20th, 2009 at 8:44 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Finally some good news (sort of) from General Motors. It looks like Saturn, one of the GM divisions most often mentioned to be on the chopping block, might actually be spun off into its own independent company.

Last week General Motors said that Black Oak Partners along with other investors and a group of Saturn’s dealers are interested in buying the firm’s Saturn division. Black Oak Partners is a private equity firm, but GM has remained silent on who the other investors might be.

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Lutz Kisses Saturn Goodbye, Brand On Death Watch

Monday February 23rd, 2009 at 10:22 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Bob Lutz kissing Saturn goodbye

Uh-oh, this is bad, and looks like terminal news for what once was General Motor’s supposed harbinger of the way it world work in the future. GM product kingpin Bob Lutz intimates that Saturn is on its way to meet up with Ford’s Edsel and Kaiser’s Henry J in the great auto graveyard in the sky.

Says Maximum Bob, “We spent a huge bundle of money in giving Saturn an absolutely no-excuses product lineup, top to bottom. They had a better and fresher lineup than any GM division, and the sales just never materialized. So we have to act on that. It’s our duty.”

Which is another way to say, “it’s over”.

Which is sad, because initially, Saturn DID look like a good way to future success for GM. Everyone, it seemed, had great things to say about Saturn dealerships, and the whole experience of buying one of their cars, but in between there and now, something happened. For whatever reason, Saturn sales dropped, and dropped more than other GM divisions. And what was called “the Saturn dealer experience” turned sour for some. A lot of people went in to Saturn expecting not only the car-buying event to be different, but the car to work better than it actually did. It wasn’t, and so, we find ourselves where we are: looking at another funeral invite.

Source: Edmunds

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2008 Saturn VUE Green Line Hybrid Review – The General Goes Green, Sort Of

Monday July 28th, 2008 at 6:77 AM
Posted by: AKramer

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By Alex Kramer

2008 Saturn VUE Green Line Hybrid

Pros:

  • Excellent ride quality
  • Snappy new exterior style
  • Upscale interior design
  • Spacious front seats

Cons:

  • Tepid acceleration
  • Hefty 3800 lb curb weight
  • Less than hybrid worthy fuel efficiency
  • Marginal rear legroom and smallish trunk

2008 has been a tough year for American auto manufacturers. Faced with high gas prices and strong competition from overseas, sales have plummeted, especially in the traditionally lucrative light truck and SUV segment. Much like in the 1970’s, the pain at the pump has driven consumers to smaller, more efficient models, many of which are made in Japan. Although the Big Three already have some fuel efficient compacts and hybrids for sale, or in the works, is it too late to convince the American consumer that Honda and Toyota aren’t the only ones meeting the MPG challenge?
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2008 Saturn ASTRA XR Review – The popular ASTRA finally reaches America's shores

Tuesday June 17th, 2008 at 4:66 AM
Posted by: herb

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By Herb Dela Rosa

2008 Saturn ASTRA

Pros

  • European Inspired Handling (with the optional sport handling package)
  • Great Fit and Finish
  • Good Styling

Cons

  • Underpowered Engine/No Engine Options
  • Cheap Plastic Interior
  • Not enough cup holders!

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2008 Saturn SKY Red Line Review – Rethinking the High-Performance Roadster

Wednesday April 23rd, 2008 at 8:44 AM
Posted by: AKramer

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by Alex Kramer

2008 Saturn Sky Red Line

Screaming fast turbo-charged engine? Check. Wide grippy tires? Check. Wind in your hair convertible top? Check. Head turning design? Check. New respect for Saturn from the car enthusiast crowd? Check!

Pros:

  • Grin inducing acceleration
  • Well balanced suspension
  • True high performance tires
  • “Look at me!” exterior design
  • Lots of speed for little cash

Cons:

  • Automatic transmission needs a manual mode
  • Finicky convertible top
  • Cheap interior plastic
  • No cargo room

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2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Gets Top SUV MPG

Monday October 15th, 2007 at 12:1010 PM
Posted by: Derek

2008 Saturn Vue

DETROIT — General Motors is trumpeting a pair of numbers about its 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line today. The hybrid SUV’s fuel economy numbers are 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which represents a 27 percent improvement over the non-hybrid Vue. And the small SUV will start at $24,795. Those figures mean it’s the highest-mileage SUV on the market — and the cheapest hybrid SUV.

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