If you missed your chance to buy a new Saturn before the "GM Employee Pricing" promotion that ended last month, the Detroit News reports that you have another week or so to take advantage of special vehicle pricing. This time, though, there's a catch. Customers will only be offered the discount who are in possession of a coupon authorization code provided by a GM employee.
Saturn has updated it's corporate website with the brand's 2009 model year information. Visitors are welcomed by an updated home page animation that encourage folks to "meet" their favorite Saturn model. You can build your own 2009 Saturn and take advantage of enhanced shopping and financing tools.
Mike Hanley from Cars.com recently took at look at the new-for-2009 2.4L version of the Saturn Aura XR midsize sedan. The Aura XR is still offered with a 3.6L V6, but the new 4-cylinder powerplant gives customers a more fuel efficient option. Regardless of the powerplant you choose you'll get GM's smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission. The "automatic's gearing is well-matched to the four-cylinder," he wrote.
The Detroit Free Press reported in an article published last week that Saturn plans to offer only a sedan version of it's next-gen Aura midsize car. There was speculation that the upcoming Aura, which will be heavily based on the new Opel Insignia, would be offered in sedan, hatchback, and wagon versions.
Julian Rendell from AutoWeek drove the new Opel Insignia and drew direct comparisons between his experience with the Insignia and what he expects from the next-generation Aura, which is due to arrive in a couple of years. While GM has said that the new Aura will have unique styling that will differentiate it from the Insignia, the two cars will be based on the same architecture and are expected to share chassis components.
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.
Scouring the web for the latest Saturn news, reviews, and rumors every day in the evening after work - while administering the SaturnFans Forums - usually keeps me pretty busy. So busy, unfortunately, that I don't spend as much time as I'd like posting my own personal Saturn-related stories and experiences.
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."