Reaching for the Sky

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Automotive News reports Saturn has put together a business case for building the 2002 Sky concept convertible roadster. The company is reportedly pushing GM's upper management to approve the car for production. Saturn hopes to sell about 20,000 of them each year.

The Sky concept was built on GM's Delta platform, the basis for Saturn's new Ion small sedan and quad coupe. The production version of the Sky would likely share many mechanical components with the Ion. The concept vehicle featured an Ecotec 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine with a low-boost supercharger, mated to a five-speed manual transmission, generating 180 horsepower. However, if the Sky reaches production, it would be likely boast more 200 horsepower. Saturn will build an Ion Quad Coupe in 2004 that offer at least 200 horsepower.

"We've got our sleeves rolled up, trying to make the business case work for production," said Jill Lajdziak, vice president of Saturn sales, service and marketing. "Do we need a halo product in our portfolio? You bet."

Source: Automotive News

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