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Opel Ampera Extended-Range Electric Car Would Look Right at Home in Saturn Lineup

Opel Ampera Extended-Range Electric Car Would Look Right at Home in Saturn Lineup

Opel will unveil its version of the revolutionary Chevrolet Volt at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show in March. The extended-range electric vehicle, which Opel will call the Ampera, will be a five-door, four-seat model that shares styling cues with both the Volt and last year's popular Flextreme concept.

GM Has Allocated Funding for 2012-13 Saturn Vehicles

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Jamie LaReau from Automotive News: General Motors leaders told Saturn dealers today that funding has been allocated to build Saturn vehicles through 2012 and in some cases 2013. But they stopped short of saying Saturn would get new products and won't be killed. "We are still working through many options," but Saturn is "not going away in 30 days," said Todd Ingersoll, a Saturn dealer on the Franchise Operations Team who attended a Saturn dealer meeting at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in New Orleans.

Video: Two Saturns Featured During Road Rally Themed GM NAIAS Press Conference, 2-Mode Plug-in Hybrid Vue Still Planned for 2010

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General Motors opened the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit yesterday with a road rally of sorts featuring 17 new and upcoming cars and crossovers – including four global premieres – that underscores GM's ongoing commitment to emotionally compelling design, leading fuel efficiency and advanced technology.  Two Saturns, four Cadillacs, one Buick, one Pontiac, one Opel, and eight Chevrolets were featured during the presentation.

NYT: GM CEO Has "Presided Over the Most Sweeping Transformation of GM Since the 1920s"

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William J. Holstein, Op-Ed Contributor to the New York Times: General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner has allowed his designers to recapture car design leadership with products like the Cadillac CTS, the Saturn Aura, the new Chevrolet Malibu and the revived and visually dazzling Camaro. The cliché that GM makes only gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles is years out of date.

Opinion: Make Saturn a Technology Leader

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David F. Vogl in a letter to Automotive News: Saturn should become GM's technology leader. Make "Saturn" synonymous with "innovation." Give the Astra a clean-burning turbodiesel engine and make that same turbodiesel standard on the Aura and the Vue, with the current Two Mode gas-electric hybrid powertrain as an option.

The New Buick Regal: Was this Upcoming Midsize Sedan Originally the Next-Generation Saturn Aura?

The New Buick Regal: Was this Upcoming Midsize Sedan Originally the Next-Generation Saturn Aura?

Long before the current financial crisis and virtual collapse of the U.S. auto market that led General Motors to rethink its vehicle lineup, the company was believed to be working on the development of the next-generation Saturn Aura midsize sedan.

Rescue Bid for Detroit Collapses in Senate, GM May Put Saturn Into Bankruptcy Protection

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From the Wall Street Journal: A frantic, last-ditch attempt to forge a relief package for the auto industry collapsed in the U.S. Senate, dealing a giant blow to the immediate hopes of the Big Three. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada suggested the $14 billion wouldn't be revisited until January.

Automotive News: General Motors Can Spin Saturn into a Success, Via Opel

Richard Truett from Automotive News: There's a very happy ending available for Saturn dealers that General Motors brass should be seriously discussing: Handing the keys to the Saturn brand to GM's German affiliate, Opel. GM doesn't have an extra billion or so dollars to buy out Saturn dealers and shutter the brand. And GM could be in legal trouble if it starves Saturn to death.

GM May Rebuild Saturn Rather than Kill It

Jonathon Ramsey from AutoBlog: When it comes to Saturn, General Motors is a little stuck. The plucky brand that promised something different and then turned into much the same hasn't seen critical acclaim or profitability for more than ten years. GM has halted funding for new Saturn products, and its plan to Congress indicated that a sharp focus on Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC.

Report: With Retailer Support, Saturn Could Return to its Roots and Get Another Lease on Life at GM

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The headline of an article in the Los Angeles Times two days ago read like many other articles published in newspapers and blogs all over the Web this week: "GM may pull plug on Saturn." But if you read the whole story written by Ken Bensinger, the article painted a much more optimistic picture for Saturn - one that's been overshadowed by the drama on Capitol Hill and the countless reports that speculate Saturn's days are numbered.

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Is this the Next-Generation Aura's Interior?

Is this the Next-Generation Aura's Interior?

Earlier this month, Vauxhall – GM's brand name for Opel cars in the UK – released some gorgeous photos showing the interior of its upcoming Insignia midsize sedan. A U.S.-built version of the Insignia is widely believed to be the replacement the Saturn Aura in 2010-11 timeframe.