Flashback Friday: 1988 Saturn Prototype

Flashback Friday: 1988 Saturn Prototype

Up until this year the general public had really only seen one picture of the original Saturn prototype that was taken when it was unveiled to the automotive press in 1984. However this year, thanks to the General Motors' collaborative GMnext 100th anniversary website, a bunch of never-before-seen photos of Saturn prototypes from the company's archives have made their way onto the Internet. Recently this photo of a pre-production Saturn sedan, which was taken in 1988 inside GM's Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan, was uploaded to the site. Here's another one of it undergoing testing at the proving grounds.

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More and more industry analysts seem to agree that at some point in the next two years, Saturn retailers will begin selling a compact car that's based on the Renault Samsung SM3 you see in the picture above. While there has been evidence published to support this theory, it is only speculative at this time since none of the parties involved — Saturn, Roger Penske, or Renault-Samsung — have made any official announcements. But it doesn't hurt to take a closer look, right?