Opinion: Make Saturn a Technology Leader

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David F. Vogl in a letter to Automotive News: Saturn should become GM's technology leader. Make "Saturn" synonymous with "innovation." Give the Astra a clean-burning turbodiesel engine and make that same turbodiesel standard on the Aura and the Vue, with the current Two Mode gas-electric hybrid powertrain as an option. The Outlook would be sold only as high-torque diesel-electric hybrid. The Sky would be a plug-in electric with a 50-mile range and a backup generator — for less than $30,000. And when GM is finally ready to bring a fuel cell vehicle to market, GM should make certain it wears the Saturn badge. Saturn built a following with cars that were different. Just think what it could do with cars that were better — better for the environment and flat-out better than anything else GM has to offer today.

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You don't have to think too far back to remember when the subject of this week's "Flashback Friday" was built. While the anniversary of the first Saturn to roll off the assembly line in Spring Hill, Tennessee is next week, I thought that this week it would be fitting to feature the last Saturn ever built at that plant.