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Here is another article in our local paper on the Sky. Talks about adding the 205 HP turbo in the future.

Sky's the limit: Saturn dumps bland, plasticky image for a 'new face'

Chris Vander Doelen
Windsor Star

January 18, 2005

CREDIT: Paul Sancya, Associated Press
NEW SIGNATURE VEHICLE: Gary Cowger, president of General Motors North America, introduces the Saturn Sky roadster at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

DETROIT - Saturn is continuing its breakout bid to become cool, and judging by the two new vehicles it is showing in Detroit this year that goal is now easily within reach.

The first glimpse of either a Saturn Sky roadster or the European-inspired concept sedan the Saturn Aura seems to elicit the same incredulous reaction from onlookers: "That's a Saturn?"

Indeed they are - and the roadster will be in showrooms in a little more than a year.

Saturn, the upstart division of General Motors that was supposed to be different, in fact has spent too many years trapped in some of the same conformity prisons that bedevil some of its U.S. competitors.

Its cars are above average in reliability, as measured by J.D. Power and Associates, if too bland and plasticky. But unlike some GM divisions, there has been no performance oomph to compensate for the plain-Jane exteriors.

That changed last year when Saturn stealthily set out to transform itself by introducing Red Line performance versions of its Ion compact and VUE SUV.

The 250-horsepower Honda-powered Vue and the 205-hp Ion, at least, are already turning heads, generating extra sales and boosting showroom traffic, dealers say.

The jury is still out on the new Saturn minivan called the Relay.

The Saturn revolution will not only continue but is set to gather speed with the Sky, a two-seat rear-wheel-drive roadster based on the same GM international platform that will deliver the Pontiac Solstice to showrooms this fall.

Production of the Sky is slated for 2006 with a U.S. price GM says will be less than $25,000. It will be assembled in Wilmington, Del. GM vice-chairman Bob Lutz vowed two years ago that his brainchild the Solstice would come in at less than $20,000 US.

GM says the Sky was inspired by the Vauxhall VX Lightning Concept created at GM's Advanced Design Studio in Birmingham, England, and shown in Detroit two years ago.

In fact, GM showed the Vauxhall, Solstice and a Saturn concept called the Curve that year, so it was clear from the beginning that the company intended to harvest more than one vehicle from the new platform.

The Sky is visually stunning, an undeniably sexy two-seater that would have crushed the market for the Miata - had Mazda not seen this challenge coming from 100 miles away and prepared its own all-new roadster for 2006.

GM design chief Ed Welburn calls the look "the new face of Saturn" and says it signals a new international design language for the brand.

Lori Queen, GM's head of small-car development (she has also guided the Chevy Cobalt and Pontiac Pursuit to market) says the handling of the Sky will match its looks with "quick and agile performance."

Early reports indicate it probably will. The Sky has four-wheel independent suspension, assisted rack-and-pinion steering, and a nearly perfect 50/50 weight distribution that - on paper, at least - can provide that incomparable feel that makes driving a good rear-wheel-drive roadster a sublime pleasure.

Powered by GM's ubiquitous Ecotec inline four-cylinder engine, the Sky isn't the most powerful little roadster out there. But the engine compartment leaves room to install one of GM's after-market superchargers, which would boost it to 205 hp. "You can just imagine what people are going to do with it," one GM executive says with a grin.

Lutz calls the Sky Saturn's new signature vehicle, "an authentic roadster both in form and function," and the next step in the company's intention to double its segment penetration from three to six segments by 2006.
 

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It sounds like he is confusing the available aftermarket superchargers, with the supercharged Ion Redline engine which puts out 205 HP. Since the engine will be an all new version of the ecotec, who is to say whether GM will offer an aftermarket S/C yet, and if they did where HP would end up with it.
 

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GreatWhiteNorth ,your local paper is Windsor Star
and you call your self GreatWhiteNorth
we all know that Windsor is the Sun south in Ontario
Bufflo get tons more snow then Windsor
So why do you call your self GreatWhiteNorth?
 

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airbalancer said:
GreatWhiteNorth ,your local paper is Windsor Star
and you call your self GreatWhiteNorth
we all know that Windsor is the Sun south in Ontario
Bufflo get tons more snow then Windsor
So why do you call your self GreatWhiteNorth?
I remember the following from a Labatt’s commercial a couple years ago… the ones with the guy in the bear suit. “Canada is a whole country North of Buffalo!”

That explains it all! :glol
 

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As I look out my window today with the snow flying and reports
of all the accidents on the roads this morning, I remember why
I chose GreatWhiteNorth.
Driving the Solstice with the top down this summer will help me forget again.
 
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