Outlook

GM and UAW Reach Pact to End Strike at Outlook Plant

Lansing Delta Township Plant

The Detroit Free Press reports that workers at GM's Lansing Delta Township manufacturing facility in Michigan, where the Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave are built, could be back to work building new vehicles again as early as Monday next week. Production of the popular large crossover models stopped April 17th when workers went on strike over several unresolved local plant issues.

'09 Saturn Start of Production Dates

General Motors' Canadian Fleet and Commercial website has published a tentative schedule reflecting the company's planned changeover to 2009 models. The start of production dates for all Saturn models, except the Astra compact hatchback, have been listed. Build dates for the '09 Saturn Astra are unknown at this time, but they will be posted when they become available.

Saturn has Sharp Cars, Low Profile

Saturn's Matt Armstrong recently talked to the Detroit Free Press about the progress the brand is making with its revitalization efforts. "Just a year ago, the top three reasons peopled picked a Saturn were value, fuel economy and the price or monthly payment," he told the newspaper. "Now they are exterior styling, value and fuel economy. That shows that people appreciate our new products. They're coming in because of the products, not because of the payment."

GM May Shrink Lambda Crossovers to Make Room for Unibody Chevy Tahoe Replacement

A story broke this week over at Bloomberg about GM's efforts to squeeze more fuel efficiency out of its highly profitable and popular fullsize truck-based sport-utility lineup. The article noted that its very likely that GM will transition those models from the pickup truck chassis used today to another architecture that features a lighter unibody construction.

Outlook Offers Family Space and a Modern Design

Saturn Outlook Photos

Kelly Foss at Car-Data.com reviewed the 2008 Saturn Outlook and enjoyed the vehicle's styling, space, power, and efficiency. "I could coax about 25 miles per gallon out of the 3.6 liter V6 Outlook on a straight freeway cruise at 60 miles an hour," he wrote in his review, "which is very good for a vehicle of this size."

April 2008 Sales Figures

While Saturn's overall sales were down 15.5% to 16,888 units last month, sales of the brand's Aura midsize sedan and Vue sport-utility saw healthy increases from a year-over-year perspective.

Production of '09 Saturn Outlooks Start in June

Car and Driver reports that Saturn will changeover production of its eight-passenger Outlook crossover utility to new 2009 models in June. Among the changes is a new 3.6L V6 powerplant with direction injection (DI) that will reportedly deliver some terrific fuel economy figures.

Outlook, Vue Engine Plant Receives Prestigious "Landfill-Free" Status

In celebration of Earth Day, Saturn posted some information about just a few of Saturn's latest environmental initiatives on the company's ImSaturn website yesterday.

Test Drive Saturn's New Lineup at the Atlanta-Journal Constitution International Auto Show

Consumers attending the Atlanta-Journal Constitution International Auto Show Thursday through Sunday, April 24-27 will have a unique opportunity to truly 'experience' the GM display by getting behind the wheel and test driving many of General Motors’ hottest new vehicles.

To Boost Sales, Saturn Rethinks Itself – Again

Business Week magazine offers an in-depth look at the "rethinking" behind Saturn's new advertising campaign that's set to kick-off later tonight. Look for the new ads to have a more sophisticated flair than in the past, something Saturn hopes will reinforce the fact that its new lineup of smart, chic cars and sport-utilities.

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Jill Lajdziak Blogs About Saturn at NAIAS '08

Over at GM's Fast Lane blog yesterday, Saturn general manager Jill Lajdziak wrote about the three vehicles Saturn introduced at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS): the 2009 Vue Green Line 2 Mode Hybrid, the Vue Plug-In Hybrid, and the Flextreme concept.