Editorial: Saturn Heads to the Junkyard

From the San Fransisco Chronicle: Quality ride, nice price, made in the USA. For nearly two decades, this description worked for Saturn, which preferred the ad-agency slogan, "a different kind of car company." But now the car is history, orphaned by General Motors, whose executives proudly created it, then undercut it and finally gave up on it. GM, in full financial retreat, has already phased out the old-coot Oldsmobile and Pontiac lines. Saturn's demise should sting more deeply. The car was a revolutionary concept for legendary bureaucracy and designed to be non-GM in every way.

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Minivan to Debut in 2004

GM told retailers at the 2003 National Auto Dealer Association (NADA) convention that Saturn and Buick will get minivans in 2004. The announcement, made by General Motors Vice President John Middlebrook on Sunday, indicates further commitment by GM to grow the Saturn brand. Saturn's minivan will arrive in the third quarter of 2004 as a 2005 model.