Ion Red Line Flatlined

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Sources tell SaturnFans.com that the last supercharged Ion Red Line quad coupe was built on Friday, September 1st, at 9:38 a.m. Production of non-Red Line Ions will continue into next year.

The move marks the beginning to what will be a slow shutdown of the Ion line at Saturn's Spring Hill manufacturing complex. Ion production was scheduled to end in December, but was recently extended until March, due to higher gas prices and increased popularity. The Ion will be replaced with an all-new model for 2008. The new model, believed to be called the Saturn Astra, will be imported from Europe in the second half of next year.

You can read more about the Saturn Astra here.

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Saturn's 'Battle-Weary' Ion Gets a Recharge

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Its no secret that Saturn's two-year-old Ion will get a rather significant overhaul later this summer with the introduction of the 2005 models. While the sedan will get a restyled front facia complete with a new grill (the coupe's styling will remain the same), its from the inside of both the Ion sedan and quad coupe where you'll likely notice the most change.