Flashback Friday: 2003-07 Saturn Ion

2007 Ion Red Line

From the Windsor Star: The Ion replaced the four-door SL and two-door SC coupe models as the cornerstone of the Saturn small-car lineup. Both the Ion sedan and Quad Coupe, so called because it came with small, clamshell-style rear openings, used plastic body panels to fend off dings and dents. Originally, a 140-horsepower 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine kept base models on the go, while the new-for-2004 Red Line Quad Coupe received a 205-horsepower 2.0-litre supercharged engine. After a host of small tweaks aimed at refining the car for the 2005 model year, sedans were also given a performance upgrade in the form of an optional 170-horsepower 2.4-liter I4 for the 2006 model year.

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General Motors' lineup of award-winning crossovers today adds the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick 2008 to the growing list of accolades. The significant safety award results from the GMC Acadia meeting the Institute's highest rating for performance in its demanding front, side and rear impacts in addition to providing standard Stabilitrak, GM's electronic stability control system. The IIHS test results also apply to the GMC Acadia's sister vehicles: the Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook, and soon to be released Chevy Traverse.