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Dent-Resistant Polymer Panels
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Saturn's most notable and innovative feature are its trademark polymer body side panels. These plastic panels clothe Saturn's sturdy, structural spaceframe with a sleek, rugged, and durable exterior shell. The panels can absorb the energy from a variety of small impacts without damage, including a runaway shopping cart and the pounding of an irate fist.

The feature dent- and corrosion-resistant polymer body-side panels, including polymer front fenders and door panels, as well as polymer bumpers that wrap around the front and rear for additional protection. A Saturn innovation, the panels are made of a recyclable polymer. They bend and bounce back on minor impact (such as being struck by a shopping cart), and won’t rust or oxidize. That helps keep Saturns looking new for a longer period of time, contributing to strong resale values. As a note, the polymer panels used on the L-Series will be manufactured by Saturn team members in Spring Hill and shipped to the Wilmington facility.

The L-Series sedan and wagon vehicle use steel rear quarter panels to provide additional trunk and cargo space. However, the polymer rear bumpers were designed to wrap around the quarter panels in order to help protect them from everyday dents and dings. The LS and LW are equipped with five-mile-per-hour bumpers for reduced damage in low-speed collisions.

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