Seven-Passenger Saturn Van to be Called 'Relay'

In an e-mail sent out to registered members of the My Saturn website, Saturn Corporation revealed yesterday morning that it will announce the name of its upcoming seven passenger van in Las Vegas at a retailer conference on September 8th. Multiple sources have confirmed to that the name selected is 'Relay,' indicating that Saturn is backing away from the three letter-naming scheme that it has used for the past few years.

The Saturn Relay will share components with the next generation General Motors minivans, which are scheduled to receive extensive mid-cycle enhancements for the 2005 model year. The new design is apparently so different from GM's existing minivans that the corporation has publicly been referring to them as CSVs, or crossover sport vans. Expect the new vans to have better performance, much improved crashworthiness, and new features to make them more competitive in the marketplace.

Four CSV vehicles, based on the GMT201 architecture, will be built in GM's Doraville, GA manufacturing facility: Chevrolet Uplander (replaces Venture), Pontiac Montana, Buick Terrazza, and the aforementioned Saturn Relay. Rumors indicate that the CSVs styling will be more aggressive and SUV-like. It is important to note that the Relay will be the first Saturn that won't feature the company's trademark polymer body-side panels. It will also be the first Saturn built in the same plant along side another similar General Motors product. Saturn's next generation midsize car will also likely share these characteristics.

Saturn owners can log into the My Saturn website at for daily "sneak peaks" leading up to the official announcement. Any important developments or new vehicle details will also be posted at as they are made available.

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