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Old 08-13-2009, 11:08 AM   #6
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Default Re: Did Saturn Move Up Market too Fast?

Originally Posted by VTchemist View Post
Yes, Saturn moved up too fast. In the early years with the SL and SW series, Saturn had a niche. Good cars, good service, and fuel efficient. They weren't trying to eclipse Olds or Buick in products. Saturn was providing good products at a good price that were made here in the States.

The move to include the cross-overs (VUE) was good. It filled a need in the market in the early part of this decade. The continued use of Opel parts and designs as a basis for Saturn products was not a drawback.

But, things went downhill when the brand became indistinguishable from its GM stablemates: the vans, the roadsters, the larger SUVs. Even Chevy lifting the VUE into the Equinox. Saturn losts its identity.

I hope Roger Penske can take Saturn back to its roots. We need smaller fuel efficient cars. Bring back the polymer sides too! (Aren't they on the current Corvettes?)
Saturn never had a van per-se... there's a difference between a minivan and a full size van

The VUE was it's own design.... and only SUV, until the Outlook..

Saturn only had the SKY...


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