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Opel Antara Gran Turismo Crossover Concept

With its four-wheel drive Antara Gran Turismo Crossover (GTC) concept vehicle, Opel demonstrates just how dynamic and athletic an SUV can actually be. With the characteristic three-door design, Opel shows a particularly sporty interpretation of an SUV and its dynamic design language in this special vehicle format.

Will the 2009 Saturn Aura Be Able to Drive Itself?

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The Car Connection reports that GM's Opel subsidiary is testing a self-driving Opel Vectra midsize sedan in Germany that uses enhanced adaptive cruise control and lane-drifting alert technologies. The publication says that GM hopes to launch the two driving-control takeover systems in Europe in 2008 as an $1830 option.

Next-Gen Ion Styling is... a 'Home Run'

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GM Vice Chairman of global product development, Bob Lutz, recently talked with Motor Trend magazine about the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky. Part of the discussion touched on GM's use of consumer clinics to judge upcoming future car designs. "We're dialing back on clinics when styling is a home run," Mr. Lutz told Motor Trend in their October 2005 issue.

GM Demonstrates Future Technologies to Improve Future Powertrain Efficiency

General Motors recently demonstrated to automotive journalists a host of advanced powertrain technologies it is developing to both reduce emissions and improve the efficiency and performance of its internal combustion engines, automatic transmissions and hybrid systems.

Saturn Confirms 'Green Line' Hybrid Models

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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.

More in Store for Saturn?

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Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak hinted to the Detroit News this week that Saturn's expansion is not likely to stop with the addition of the Sky, Aura, and Outlook due out next year.

Next Generation GTO May Be a Quad Coupe

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AutoWeek magazine reports that Pontiac will take a page from Saturn with its next generation GTO, and offer the sports car with four doors. The rear doors will reportedly work exactly as they do on today's Ion quad coupe: they will be hinged in the rear with no "visible handles." The new GTO is expected to go into production in 2008.

The Sky... and Beyond

In the beginning, back in the early '90s, Saturn had the three elements of enduring brands -- innovative and high quality product, great marketing, and a terrific retail experience. So what happened?

Larger Saturn SUV to be Called 'Outlook'

Saturn announced today something that's been a rumored at SaturnFans.com for quite sometime: its all-new midsize crossover utility slated to debut in late 2006 will be named "Outlook."

Saturn Teases with Aura Tidbits

In addition to announcing the name of Saturn's upcoming midsize sport-utility, Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak also confirmed that Saturn's 2007 midsize sedan, scheduled to enter production during summer 2006, will carry the name "Aura." The new sedan takes its name from the acclaimed concept car that also heavily influenced its interior and exterior design.

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