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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General Motors Statement Regarding Black Oak Partners Press Release About Saturn

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As noted in GM's viability plan presented on February 17, 2009, GM announced it would review the potential spin-off or sale of Saturn and if those options did not prove viable Saturn's operations would be wound down over time. Over approximately the past 60 days, a sub-committee of Saturn retailers has been studying the feasibility of the sale or spin-off options, and has identified some parties that are potentially interested in a purchase or spin-off of Saturn. We are advised that one of the interested parties is Black Oak Partners. We are not at liberty to discuss any other interested party. With respect to what the eventual outcome concerning Saturn might be with Black Oak or any other interested party, it is simply premature at this time to speculate on what any eventual outcome may be.