Saturn Dealers Lake Orion MI
Grand Rapids, MI
Saturn, originating as a line of economy cars from General Motors, today offers a variety of dynamic vehicles which vary from a raucous roadster sports car called Sky to a full-size crossover utility vehicle (CUV) named Outlook. New to the line in 2008 is the Astra, a sporty three-door and five-door compact hatchback, and a redesigned Vue, Saturn's mid-size CUV.
A premium sports sedan from Saturn, called Aura, constructed on GM's mid-size Epsilon architecture which also underpins the Opel Vectra in Europe, arrived in 2007 and continues in 2008 with two trims, two different V6 engines and a carload of safety equipment including curtain-style side air bags. Aura XE draws from a 3.5-liter V6 with VVT (variable valve timing) for 224 hp using a Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic transmission. Aura XR gets GM's dual-cam 3.6-liter VVT V6 with a six-speed automatic. Aura's tastefully trimmed passenger compartment provides seats for five and lots of amenities.
Astra is a new compact-class hatchback that pops up in Saturn's 2008 line and it appears in two configurations -- a five-door version which functions like a sedan and a sporty three-door that's like a cool coupe. Astra's standard powertrain is GM's economical 1.8-liter Ecotec dual-cam four-in-line engine which makes 140 hp in concert with a standard five-speed manual or optional electronically controlled four-speed automatic transaxle. There are two trim designations for the five-door Astra (XE and XR) and one trim (XR) for the three-door Astra. Six air bags including curtain-style side air bags go into every issue.
Saturn's Sky two-seat roadster convertible is gorgeous, with rippled skin stretched like flexed muscles over a long and broad structure which features a prominent prow, mid-ship cockpit and roly-poly rump. A convertible top tucks into the rear compartment and leaves only smooth lines on the deck. Sky's 2.4-liter Ecotec in-line-four engine delivers 173 hp. Mechanical assets include a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) chassis and independent suspension designs front and rear using lightweight aluminum for upper and lower control arms. GM's StabiliTrak skid controls and a limited-slip differential apply as standard equipment in 2008, plus XM satellite radio service.
A performance version of the Sky roadster is called Red Line, with capital letters. It packs a punched-up powerplant, performance-tuned suspension and special aerodynamic accents applied to the body. Engine for the Red Line is a twin-cam 2.0-liter Ecotec four-in-line with direct-injection turbo-charging and air-to-air inter-cooling. This plant has the highest specific output ever for GM at 130 hp per liter. It soars to 260 hp. The Red Line also stocks electronic stability control (ESC), a dual exhaust system with polished aluminum outlets, 18-inch polished aluminum alloy wheels and brake cooling vents cut into front fascia.
The eight-passenger Outlook CUV from Saturn, based on GM's Lambda pla...