Saturn spokesman Mike Morrissey announced on his blog over at ImSaturn earlier today that General Motors has created an upgrade kit for the 2.0L turbocharged powerplant found in the Sky Red Line. Once installed, the $650 kit will put an additional 30 horsepower under the hood of the roadster.
Looking for the perfect gift for that special Saturn fan in your life? Look no further than SaturnCollection.com, where you can "rethink fashion" and find diverse and unique mix of products for every Saturn enthusiast on your shopping list. The Saturn-backed website features officially licensed gear including athletic apparel, eco-friendly merchandise made of environmentally friendly materials, premium wear products, along with an assortment of vehicle-specific items.
Automotive enthusiast site MotorAuthority reports that Saturn will showcase a hybrid Vue concept called "Hyline" at the upcoming Specialty Equipment Manufacturing Associate (SEMA) auto show later this week. According to the website, the Saturn Vue Hyline was developed in conjunction with Sound Choice and Performance.
I was fortunate enough to meet up with Al Clapsaddle, sales consultant at Saturn/West, earlier this week for breakfast during a brief stop in Columbus, Ohio. I had an opportunity to get an up close look at his newly-modified 2008 Aura midsize sedan. Over the years Al has enjoyed personalizing all of his Saturns, and his '08 Aura is no different.
Take a few minutes to browse the 2008-09 Saturn Accessories Catalog for a look at aftermarket parts that are "fully backed by GM" and available at your local Saturn retailer. Saturn says that it's official accessories "give you the choices to make a Saturn just right for the way you live and drive."
Sam Abuelsamid from AutoBlog Green recently talked to Bob Gurk, a retired autoworker, about how and why he chose to convert a Saturn SC into an electric vehicle. "He decided to build it about a year ago after seeing 'Who Killed the Electric Car?'" Sam explained in his story.
After one year development, an Ohio company is now taking orders to convert a gasoline-powered Saturn Skys to 100% electric power. The company, Advanced Mechanical Products (AMP), is replacing the combustion drivetrain with electric motors, safe lithium batteries, and proprietary control software. "The prototype is in the final stage, and production will take place later this year, with deliveries beginning in 2009," said Jack Kuntz, AMP CEO.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation to determine whether General Motors should have also recalled the Saturn Ion when it recalled the Chevrolet Cobalt for a power steering defect back in 2010. Michigan Live reports that the government agency has received "846 complaints about power steering problems in Saturn Ions from the 2004-2007 model years."