Saturn Ion, GM Score in Loyalty Study

2007 Ion Red Line

Saturn's Ion and General Motors were big winners in the 2007 Polk Automotive Loyalty survey. The report measures loyalty throughout the entire model year so that manufacturers can keep abreast of loyalty trends as they occur in the industry. The Polk Automotive Loyalty Awards recognize manufacturers for superior owner loyalty performance.

Saturn Retail Sales Rose 12% in 2007

2007 was a good year for Saturn. The brand completed the first phase of its product revitalization with the launch of the 2008 Saturn Astra, leaving the Sky roadster as the oldest model in its lineup.

Ion Red Line Flatlined


Sources tell 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.

Ion Replacement to be Imported


Automotive News reported early this morning that General Motors plans to import the Opel Astra from Europe to replace the current Saturn Ion sedan and quad coupe late next year. While speculation about this plan has long been rumored, unnamed sources within both GM and Opel reportedly have recently confirmed it to Automotive News.

Charting the 2007 Changes for Saturn's Existing Models

With details about the 2007 Aura, Outlook, and Sky already announced, has assembled this list of reported changes documenting the planned updates for the 2007 Ion, Relay, and Vue. These vehicle changes, while not officially announced by Saturn, were recently posted by General Motors on the company's publicly available retailer online ordering and reference guide website.

Will GM Import the Opel Astra as Saturn's Ion Replacement?


The Beacon Journal reports that General Motors will build a new Pontiac small car, not the rumored Saturn Ion replacement, at GM's Lordstown, Ohio manufacturing facility. GM made the announcement at the 2006 National Automobile Dealers Association annual meeting in Orlando, Florida earlier this week.

Start of Production Dates for 2007 Saturn Aura, Ion, Vue

GM Canada's Fleet and Commercial website has published start of production dates for the 2007 Saturn Aura midsize car, Ion sedan and quad coupe small cars, and the Vue sport-utility.

Ion Replacement Due in 2009


Automotive News reports that Saturn's next generation Ion is due in 2009. General Motors has said that the current Ion is scheduled to be phased out of production at the end of this year.

GM Shelves GMX002 Saturn Ion Replacement


Sources say that General Motors has shelved the long-awaited Opel-based Saturn Ion replacement. The vehicle, rumored to be renamed 'Evoke' was believed to be scheduled for production at GM's Lordstown, Ohio manufacturing facility late next year.

Next-Gen Ion Styling is... a 'Home Run'


GM Vice Chairman of global product development, Bob Lutz, recently talked with Motor Trend magazine about the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky. Part of the discussion touched on GM's use of consumer clinics to judge upcoming future car designs. "We're dialing back on clinics when styling is a home run," Mr. Lutz told Motor Trend in their October 2005 issue.

Random Article from the Archives Now Lets You "Ask Jill" Questions About the Brand as the Company Expands its Web Presence

Ask Jill Graphic

Saturn recently added a new feature to its website that allows visitors to pose questions directly to General Manager Jill Ladjziak. Some folks have already taken advantage of the opportunity. They've asked questions about Saturn's future, the impact any changes in ownership will have on their vehicle warranty, and who she rooted for during the Stanley Cup finals (well, maybe not that question). Keeping in close contact with customers is something Jill has always felt strongly about and excelled at doing. This new tool gives Jill and her team a way to communicate on a personalized level with owners and enthusiasts.