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From Auto123.com: Saturn's big family hauler hit the road for 2007, just a few years before the demise of the GM-owned brand. Packing room for up to eight, and riding the same platform as the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia, the Saturn Outlook packed standard V6 power, plenty of size, available AWD, and a long list of available feature content.
Thank You for Participating in SaturnFans.com's 2012 Saturn Reunion, Should We Do this Again Sometime?
For the past 24 hours we've spent some time looking back at what made Saturn, well Saturn. I had fun posting articles throughout the day, although to be honest, some were pre-loaded into the SaturnFans.com CMS last night and auto-published while I was at work. Thankfully, everything seemed to go off without a hitch and I picked up where I left off when I got home tonight. I really enjoyed this trip down memory lane. It was great to have an opportunity to catch up with everybody in the forums, in the chat room, and on email.
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show was always a popular show for Saturn performance enthusiasts. If you'd like to follow this year's show, I'd like to invite you to checkout GM Beat's coverage of the show in Las Vegas.
It's been more than three years since General Motors announced it was shuttering its "different kind of car" division. At the time, Roger Penske was attempting to purchase the brand and possibly stock it with cars sourced from plants in the US, South Korea, Mexico, or even Europe. Ultimately Mr. Penske couldn't get a deal done within GM's tight timeframes and Saturn was closed. While frantically attempting to keep up with rumors swirling around Saturn that fateful year, I made a decision to rethink the way I was collecting and reporting the news. In the midst of all the uncertainty surrounding Saturn, I began to draw up plans for new and improved version of SaturnFans.com that could not only help visitors track what Saturn news was happening, but where it was happening as it was happening.
Having a car accident is a terrible experience for anyone to go through. If you are fortunate that all the parties involved make it though OK, its important to focus and document the details of the accident as much as possible. But who is thinking clearly after a wreck? To help customers through the situation, Saturn developed a pamphlet that you could stow in your glove box.
A few years ago Target sold some motorized Saturn Ion toys that were "tuned for speed." The cars were available in two colors: black/purple (pictured above) and red/black (below). On the top of each car were two buttons. Pressing the triangle caused the car to rev its engine, flash its headlamps and under-body neon lights, and finally zoom forward a few feet. The square button started a caused the car to play a catchy rhythmic tune with the lights flashing along to the beat.
I wanted to post a quick reminder that I'll be in the SaturnFans Chat Room between 9-10pm EDT tonight. I'll be taking questions all night. And I'd like to get some feedback from you all too. For instance, was the Reunion worth the effort to put together? Also, I've worked up a couple different concepts for next-gen SaturnFans.com websites, but I am not sure with the direction I want to take the site in the coming years. What would you like to see in the SF of the future?
Test you knowledge with these Saturn 'did you know' trivia bits from Saturn's yesteryear.
Model year 1994 marked what Saturn called "Balanced Excellence" in terms of offering customers exceptional value for their money in the small car market. Attaining "balanced excellence" required Saturn to pay critical attention to a host of buyer expectations. Among them were a high level of performance without sacrificing fuel economy or emissions; affordability while maintaining reliability and durability; and an overall commitment to quality without compromise. Accompanied by numerous continuous refinements, the family of 1994 Saturn sedans, wagons and coupes were proof that "balanced excellence" could be achieved through subtle refinements and continuous improvement.