Saturn Confirms 'Green Line' Hybrid Models


Saturn is preparing a new line of hybrid vehicles to be sold next year under the 'Green Line' moniker. The first two Green Line models will be available next year; other hybrid Saturn models will reportedly be offered in later years.

Vue to Feature New 'Rollover' Air Bag has learned that GM plans to offer a new side-curtain air bag designed to help protect passengers better in a rollover accident. Within the next year, the Detroit News reports that five GM SUVs will offer a new, optional side-curtain airbag that will stay inflated for a longer period of time in the event of a rollover.

2006 Saturn Preview

Continuous improvement has always been a hallmark of Saturn, and for the 2006 model year things are no different. Automotive News reported earlier this year that Saturn informed retailers at the North American Dealer Association's (NADA) annual convention that both the Ion and Vue will be "refreshed" for 2006 to help make them more competitive and appealing.

New Saturn Radios Feature Auxiliary Audio Inputs

Music lovers will find it easier to take their favorite tunes on the road thanks to a new family of radios that will be offered in the Saturn Ion, Vue, and other GM vehicles starting later this year. The new radios include an auxiliary channel and front mounted auxiliary input jack, so that an iPod or other audio source can be easily plugged in and played through the vehicle audio system.

Powering the New Saturn

You can see it. You can feel it. It's evident in Cadillac's renaissance. And it's obvious in Chevrolet's current multi-product roll-out, one of the most ambitious launches in its history. Now, its about Saturn.

VTi Role Reduced in Saturns for 2005


If recent rumors prove to be true, Saturn will be significantly reducing the number of VTi CVT transmissions it plans to sell in 2005 by eliminating the availability of the transmission in its Ion lineup and by offering the transmission in one model of the Vue.

Hybrid Vue Due in 2006


General Motors Executive Director of Hybrid Powertrains, Larry Nitz, recently talked with Automotive Industries for an article about advanced powertrains. A 42-volt belt alternator starter, so-called "mild hybrid" system, is slated to be introduced next year in the 2006 Saturn Vue Green Line.

2005 Saturn Preview

With the 2005 model year just around the corner, has assembled a list of the rumored changes to each of Saturn's existing models. Look for a more complete - and official - list to be posted online as soon as it becomes available.

Pontiac, Suzuki to Get Vue-based SUVs


Automtoive News reports that Pontiac plans to build a vehicle based on the Vue's Theta architecture beginning in the 2006 model year. The Pontiac sport wagon would help fill capacity in the CAMI Automotive plant in Ingersoll, Ontario where the new Chevrolet Equinox is built.

Saturn's Future Product Roadmap

Jill Lajdziak, vice president of Saturn sales and marketing, talked to retailers on Sunday at the 2004 NADA conference. She spoke about the future of the brand, the importance of maintaining Saturn's high level of customer satisfaction, and increasing brand awareness through advertising. The list below highlights some of her discussion points.

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Have You Experienced the Ignition Switch Issue?

Key Plug and Ring

We're interested in talking to owners of 2003-2007 Saturn Ions who have had their ignition replaced or have experienced the engine shutoff problems. In addition, according the NBC News, there were also about 500 people in the country who were given one of the plastic plugs (shown above) a few years ago to put into their key ring from GM. Did anyone get one of these?