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Yes, moslty to new (conquest) customers 4 4.65%
Yes, moslty to previous customers from our client base 20 23.26%
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Old 09-28-2004, 05:33 PM   #1
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What is your opinion of the Relay

Will we sell them?

Will they be moslty new or repeat customers?
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Old 09-28-2004, 05:59 PM   #2
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I think most of the buyers will probably be people who are out buying a minivan and don't really have an opinion either way about Saturn. Hopefully they'll be blown away by Saturn's superior customer service and therefore pick the Relay over the other identical models under different names.

If I were in the market for a minivan, I'd personally rather buy a VUE than a Relay. But I'd take a Relay over a Pontiac or a Buick any day!
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Old 09-28-2004, 06:32 PM   #3
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The initial relay owners will be former saturn owners.
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I also think most Relay customers will be repeat Saturn owners. One constant theme I have heard from sales consultants over the years has been how customers already very happy with Saturn wish Saturn produced a larger capacity people mover. I believe that the Relay will do that at a low development and production cost to the company and at least provide a Saturn alternative until the next generation of mini-van derivative arrives on the scene.
I am amazed at how many multiple Saturn housholds there are within a few miles of where I live. Having a minivan available will create more IMO
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They will come from current Saturn owners but there will not be too many winovers from other brands.

They won't sell a lot of them - not with the non-competitive prices while its siblings offer rebates galore and whatnot to move theirs.

Wonder how kind the car rags will treat it compared to its competition from the Orient?
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They will come from current Saturn owners but there will not be too many winovers from other brands.
I wonder how many mini-van customers Saturn has lost because they didn't come out with a mini-van somewhere around 1994.
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I wonder how many mini-van customers Saturn has lost because they didn't come out with a mini-van somewhere around 1994.
Probably quite a few but the Relay and its sextuplets are based on a early 1990s platform and chassis & powered by a early 1990s motor... the next best thing to actually having one on the market back then
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Old 09-28-2004, 10:21 PM   #8
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Most Relay owners will be previous Saturn owners. I read some where that was one of Saturn's main objectives with the Relay. Saturn wanted a 7-Passenger vehicle for Saturn owners who needed such a vehicle, then they wouldn't have to leave the Saturn brand.

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Like 04AWDV6VUE said, this is stop-gap vehicle to keep current customers in the Saturn fold. I've been told that Saturn's first model year sales goal for the Relay is quite low... under 30k. It'll be nice for Saturn to compete in a new market but at least they're being realistic about how good the competition is this time around. I'm still excited to see the interior since it's supposed to showcase the high quality direction of future GM interiors.
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Probably quite a few but the Relay and its sextuplets are based on a early 1990s platform and chassis & powered by a early 1990s motor... :
Isn't the motor new for 2004 just like Chysler's hemi.
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Without sounding too negative, I think it will last about as long as the L-Series.

I don't find anything unique or innovative about the Relay at all. It looks like a half-baked attempt to get Saturn into the minivan market. However, ten years, too late.

You would have thunk Saturn would have stuck to their guns and at least kept the polymer panels. Chevy had em for Chrissakes.

Sorry, guys.
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I think the Relay will sell to a mix of old and new customer. How many will be sold is a different matter entirely, but I hope it sells well for Saturns sake.

I don't mind the Relay. It's not a traditional Saturn, but it seems like a fairly good product all the same.
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I think they should drop-in a Honda V6 to the Relay, then more potential Odyssey/Sienna customers will buy Saturn.
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they could put an ls2 (400hp v8) in the relay, but i still won't buy one i'm not in the market for a van.
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they could put an ls2 (400hp v8) in the relay, but i still won't buy one i'm not in the market for a van.
Hey, RELAY REDLINE
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"The Redline Relay" I like that. A Honda V6 and the extra oomf from the 4wd and a super charger. O yeah, Now that would be different!

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While the name is catchy,It's still a minivan, rossao.
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Ick- another SUV... Where's the convertible?
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Ick- another SUV...
SUV? who said anything about a SUV?
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GM did not have to pay some big shot executive hundreds of thousands of dollars to figure this one out. The rebadged Montana is not going to be a big hit in the Mini Van market whether it wears Saturn, Buick, or Pontiac badges.When Car and Driver,and consummers get done picking them apart I think sales will be average to what the Montana is now. If GM was serious about going after the Mini Van market they should of built something from the ground up.
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