Spied: Opel, Saturn Meriva Prototypes Hit the Track

Yesterday, LeftlaneNews.com posted spy photos of what they believe to be the next-generation Opel Meriva five-door subcompact hatchback, which sources say could one day join Saturn's lineup in North America.

General Motors has begun testing prototypes of the next-generation Opel Meriva, which was previewed in concept form earlier this year. Recent rumors indicate GM is considering importing the new Meriva to the United States as a Saturn. Executives familiar with Saturn's product plan told Automotive News the Meriva is being assessed for America. But GM first must assess whether a business case can be made to bring a hatchback to the United States, where hatchbacks typically have not been big seller.

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Chevrolet Targeted Orphaned Saturn Owners with Summer-Long 'Total Confidence Pricing'

Over the summer I received a pamphlet in the mail from Chevrolet touting their summer-long "Chevrolet Total Confidence" pricing promotion. The cover of the mailing immediately caught my eye with the italicized words reading "the spirit of Saturn lives on."