General Motors introduced the Saturn Curve concept coupe at the North American International Auto Show in January of 2004. It was one of the vehicles, including the Pontiac Solstice production model and Chevrolet Nomad concept, built on GM's new rear-wheel-drive Kappa architecture.
Canada's GlobeandMail.com reports that Saturn will unveil an updated version of its Kappa-based Saturn Curve concept at the Detroit International Auto Show this coming January. The new concept car will lose its top, a la the Pontiac Solstice, but will sport Saturn's new signature European look that GM executives have been hinting at for the past few months.
General Motors design chief Ed Welburn told the Detroit Free Press earlier this week that Saturn's Kappa-base roadster will share interior - but not exterior - styling cues with the Curve concept car. The rear-wheel-drive vehicle won't look like the Saturn Sky concept from two years ago either. So what can Saturn fans expect?
General Motors announced today that Saturn would add a sports car to its vehicle lineup in early 2006. The product will be built at its Wilmington, Delaware manufacturing facility. Wilmington is also the future production site of the Pontiac Solstice. The Solstice and the new Saturn will be built on GM's new small car "Kappa" architecture.
Global Auto Systems reports that GM has issued a statement contradicting reports that surfaced last week about production of Saturn's Curve concept. "They're wrong," said Tom Kowaleski, GM's vice president of communications. "There are no plans to put it into production.
The Car Connection reports this morning that General Motors has already approved the Saturn Curve sports coupe concept for production. The confirmation came from GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz less than a week after the Curve was unveiled. The sports coupe will be built alongside the 2006 Pontiac Solstice at GM's Wilmington Assembly Plant in Delaware. Pricing is expected to be around $20,000.
Shape, color and sound affect the senses. With the Saturn Curve concept, a sinewy shape, warm colors and the aural delights of a supercharged engine warm the emotions of those who appreciate sophisticated and engaging automobiles. The Curve signifies Saturn's evolution, both in styling and product. Saturn is growing its portfolio, planning new vehicles and exploring dynamic, refined designs.
Twenty-seven months could be considered overnight when it comes to developing a new vehicle architecture, and that's how long it took a team of enthusiastic engineers to develop the rear-wheel-drive platform for the Pontiac Solstice - a concept-to-reality sports car coming in 2005.
Led by the new, sixth-generation Corvette, General Motors reinforces its commitment to producing compelling vehicles with the introduction of several new concept and production models at the 2004 North American International Auto Show. The 2005 Corvette raises the ante in sports car performance while maintaining a reverent connection to its half-century of heritage.
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