New Renault Fluence Provides More Insight into What Could Become Saturn’s Next Small Car

New Renault Fluence Provides More Insight into What Could Become Saturn’s Next Small Car

Last week, Renault took the wraps off the 2010 Fluence – a European version of the Samsung SM3 – a "fresh and modern" sedan, according to Edmunds' Inside Line, that "is remarkably well-equipped, with such options as a Carminat Tom Tom navigation system, keyless entry/ignition, and iPod connectivity." Like the Fluence, Saturn's next-generation small car is rumored to be based on the SM3. The Fluence will be built in Turkey and initially be sold in Romania, Russia, and Turkey. It features safety features such as "up to six airbags, plus ABS and stability control." The four-door will be offered with a wide variety of gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines mated to either an automatic, manual, or continuously variable transmission. But that's not all. "Further leveraging the Renault-Nissan alliance," Inside Line adds, "the Fluence will come in an all-electric variant in 2011."

Rumors suggest that Saturn's version, which is unconfirmed at this time, could be built in Korea or at a Nissan plant in North America.

Source: Inside Line

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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.