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saturn sports car

Saturn Sports Car

Here comes the 2007 Saturn Sky, and with it, Saturn’s long-foretold revival goes back onto the front burner. The Sky arrives not a minute too soon. Although GM appeared to give up on Saturn, the division’s dealers – who are generally liked by customers, or at least those filling out J.D. Power and Associates dealer-satisfaction surveys, where Saturn consistently rates with Toyota, Honda, and even Lexus – didn’t give up. The dealers moved 213,657 Saturns in 2005 against competitors with better reputations and better cars with better resale values.
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Saturn Sports Car

The 2009 Saturn Sky is outfitted with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower. Some reviewers said this engine is underpowered, especially on the highway. Other reviewers thought the engine has enough power, but that it is too loud and rough. The Red Line model has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 260 horsepower. Reviewers favored that engine over the base. Test drivers didn’t like the standard manual transmission and recommended the automatic. The Sky has fuel economy ratings as high as 19/29 mpg, which is good for the class. Reviewers liked the Sky’s soft suspension and responsive steering. Overall, they said the ride quality is really smooth. For the most part, automotive reviewers liked the Sky’s interior finishes, but a few thought it has too much hard plastic. According to most test drivers, the seats are comfortable and supportive. With the top up, the Sky has 5.4 cubic feet of trunk space, and when the top is lowered, the trunk shrinks to only 2 cubic feet of space. Reviewers complained about the difficulty of storing the Sky’s manual soft top in the trunk. The 2009 Saturn Sky comes standard with full power accessories, air conditioning, a six-speaker audio system and satellite radio. Available features include Bluetooth, a seven-speaker Monsoon audio system and leather seat inserts. See the full 2009 Saturn Sky specs » Other Cars to Consider The 2009 Mazda Miata has a standard automatic soft top and an available hard top. The Miata and Sky have similar fuel economy ratings. However, the Miata won over reviewers with its engaging engine and smooth manual transmission. The 2009 Nissan 350Z is a great convertible for those looking for athletic handling and quick acceleration. The 350Z also has higher safety scores than the Sky. Compare the Sky to the Miata and 350Z »
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Saturn Sports Car

And now GM is taking a renewed interest in its giant ball of gas. Saturn, the official transportation of coupon-clipping pensioners and unemployed psych majors, will become a distribution network for urbane Opels from the Continent. Saturn never saw the sun shining so bright, never saw things goin’ so right.
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Saturn Sports Car

At least, that’s the giddy feeling people get when first gazing at the Saturn Sky. After they ask who makes it. After we respond. And after they say, “Really? Saturn?”
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Saturn Sports Car

The Saturn Sky is a roadster that was produced by Saturn, and was initially released in the first quarter of 2006 as a 2007 model. It uses the Kappa automobile platform shared with the Pontiac Solstice and Opel GT. The Sky concept was shown at the 2005 North American International Auto Show, with the production version following at the 2006 show. It was built at GM’s Wilmington, Delaware plant, alongside the Solstice and the Opel GT. The Sky featured 18-inch (457 mm) wheels and a 2.4 L Ecotec LE5 straight-4 engine that produced 177 hp (132 kW), a new straight-4 2.0 L turbocharged direct injected engine that made 260 hp (194 kW) as well as an optional dealer-installed turbo upgrade kit that made 290 hp (216 kW). Both five-speed manual and automatic transmissions were available.
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Saturn Sports Car

The “different kind of company with a different kind of car” that General Motors launched in 1990 with a $3 billion shower of cash and a sickly sweet marketing campaign soon became the same old company selling last year’s car. A decade slipped away before Saturn produced a second product line, the lackluster L-series. The subsequent Vue and Ion have only smoldered, and the division’s engineering and marketing bureaus, once independent, have been fully absorbed into the monolithic mother ship. The revolutionary notions that were espoused in the glowing Hal Riney ads – a separate company within GM of eager young minds, the teaming of disputatious labor and management, the one-price dealers – wound up feeling mostly like missed opportunities.
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Saturn Sports Car

It’s true. GM product czar Bob Lutz smote the earth and up sprang the pipsqueak Kappa platform, a fascinating potpourri of hydroformed steel tubes and stampings, aluminum control arms, and GM-parts-bin bits. The Kappa is now experiencing cell mitosis. First it sired the Pontiac Solstice roadster (December 2005), and now it gives life to a Saturn cub-Vette. The Sky, assembled alongside the Solstice in Wilmington, Delaware, is 3.9 inches longer than the Pontiac but otherwise virtually identical dimensionally. It is the Sky that will sell in Europe as the Opel GT, having been styled in GM’s Coventry, England, studios by Simon Cox, the chief artiste behind Cadillac’s 2001 Cien show car.
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Saturn Sports Car

Avg. Dealer Rating: (4 reviews) “The sales manager told me a car was available for sale when it was not. The car has an active recall, is not fixable till July, and MB will not allow the dealer to sell it. Yet the car is still listed for sale. So, I got to the dealership and they attempted to sell me another car, and in the process made me wait over two hours. I also saw a lot of other people getting angry over long waits.”
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The 2009 Saturn Sky is outfitted with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower. Some reviewers said this engine is underpowered, especially on the highway. Other reviewers thought the engine has enough power, but that it is too loud and rough. The Red Line model has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 260 horsepower. Reviewers favored that engine over the base. Test drivers didn’t like the standard manual transmission and recommended the automatic. The Sky has fuel economy ratings as high as 19/29 mpg, which is good for the class. Reviewers liked the Sky’s soft suspension and responsive steering. Overall, they said the ride quality is really smooth.
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For the most part, automotive reviewers liked the Sky’s interior finishes, but a few thought it has too much hard plastic. According to most test drivers, the seats are comfortable and supportive. With the top up, the Sky has 5.4 cubic feet of trunk space, and when the top is lowered, the trunk shrinks to only 2 cubic feet of space. Reviewers complained about the difficulty of storing the Sky’s manual soft top in the trunk. The 2009 Saturn Sky comes standard with full power accessories, air conditioning, a six-speaker audio system and satellite radio. Available features include Bluetooth, a seven-speaker Monsoon audio system and leather seat inserts.
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For the 2008 model year, GM offered the Carbon Flash Special Edition Saturn Sky. Unlike the two Limited Edition models launched later in 2009, its production was slightly higher at 550 units. The Carbon Flash Special Edition featured a unique metallic Carbon Flash paint color, removable silver racing stripe standard, and Monsoon premium audio standard. The largest differentiator however, is Carbon Flash Edition’s silver inserts in the interior seating and steering wheel that provide a black-on-silver appearance.
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The Hydro Blue Edition featured a Hydro Blue color, as well as matching blue-colored stitching in the seats and gear shifter. Also, the word Sky stitched into the seats is changed to matching-blue color as well. All Hydro Blue Edition Saturn Sky units were sold with the removable silver racing stripe.
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Starting in April 2009 the Wilmington, DE. plant was business as usual and pre-production builds began for the 2010 model year. Between April 21, 2009 and May 28, 2009 thirty 2010 model year VIN-coded cars were built on the Kappa platform. Of those, 8 were Saturn SKYs. The other remaining included 12 Pontiac Solstice Coupes, eight Pontiac Solstice roadsters, and two Opel GTs. They were then used as GM company vehicles to be evaluated and also as special event display vehicles. These vehicles were built to the 2010 model year specs with 2010 model year changes and had legal 2010 VIN numbers. Following the end of use term within the GM fleet, the vehicles were sent to auction. All 8 2010 SKYs were purchased by the same dealer in Minnesota and subsequently sold as used vehicles. Among changes to the SKY for the 2010 model year were the addition of remote start on automatic equipped cars, option package changes and additions, and three new colors. Those colors were Kinetic Blue, Opus Green, and Dark Labyrinth Metallic. No 2010s were built in Opus Green.
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The Sky has other differences. The exhaust is slightly quieter, the top insulated with another layer of acoustic material. A more Stay-Puft ride results from a longer suspension travel and shorter jounce bumpers. The refinement is turned up a notch over the Solstice, and it’s noticeable. Over pavement holes the Sky’s suspension lets the body down with softer landings. Lumps aren’t as obtrusive. Dig into the throttle, and the burring from the DOHC 16-valve 2.4-liter four is more muted, its 6900-rpm redline less of a raspy thrash than in the Solstice. GM’s Ecotec swings a big stroke and will never be confused with a zingy sports-car engine. In the Sky, the harshness is better hidden.

Published on Jun 29, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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