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Flashback Friday: Top SaturnFans.com Stories of 2008

Save Saturn

For the first "Flashback Friday" installment of 2009, I thought it would be appropriate to take a quick look back at the biggest SaturnFans.com stories from 2008. Far and away the most visited page last year was of the "SAVE SATURN" petition form, which was posted only three weeks ago! In second place was a story linking folks to spy photos of what was believed to be the '10 Astra. Also on the list was SaturnFans.com's 2008 Astra roadtest (#16 most viewed), Saturn's 2009 Aura riddle (#41), and Al Clapsaddle's tastefully (and now famously) modified Aura XE at #71.

Flashback Friday: 2003-07 Saturn Ion

2007 Ion Red Line

From the Windsor Star: The Ion replaced the four-door SL and two-door SC coupe models as the cornerstone of the Saturn small-car lineup. Both the Ion sedan and Quad Coupe, so called because it came with small, clamshell-style rear openings, used plastic body panels to fend off dings and dents.

Saturn S-Series One of the 10 Most Significant GM Cars of All Time

1991 Saturn SL2

Alex Taylor III, senior editor of Fortune magazine, recently compiled a list of the ten most significant cars in General Motors history. In chronological order, Saturn was cited as number 7. "Another GM effort to compete with the imports, Saturn represented a fresh start free of old encumbrances," he wrote.

Flashback Friday: 1988 Saturn Prototype

Flashback Friday: 1988 Saturn Prototype

Up until this year the general public had really only seen one picture of the original Saturn prototype that was taken when it was unveiled to the automotive press in 1984. However this year, thanks to the General Motors' collaborative GMnext 100th anniversary website, a bunch of never-before-seen photos of Saturn prototypes from the company's archives have made their way onto the Internet.

Saturn Prototype Undergoing Testing

Saturn Prototype Undergoing Testing

A Saturn prototype sedan undergoing testing at General Motors' Milford Proving Grounds in 1988.

Flashback Friday: Saturn "New in Town" Newspaper Ad

Flashback Friday: Saturn "New in Town" Newspaper Ad

Back in the early 1990's Saturn was still building out its retail network and when new stores opened, they often ran advertisements like the one above in local area newspapers. This particular ad was printed inside the pages of a newspaper in New Jersey on June 25, 1993 to announce the opening of Saturn of Toms River.

Flashback Friday: 1992 Business Week Cover Story

Flashback Friday: 1992 Business Week Cover Story

This August 17, 1992 issue of Business Week recognized Saturn as a rare success for General Motors. "As foreign rivals continue to flood the market with new models, Saturn is meeting them head on," wrote the magazine. "Almost overnight, Saturn has become the highest-quality American-made brand, with as few defects as Hondas and Nissans."

Flashback Friday: More Saturn "Did You Know?" Facts

Question Mark

A few weeks ago, in another episode of "Flashback Friday," I posted some not-so-well-known Saturn trivia bits. Folks seemed to enjoy taking a look back at Saturn while testing their knowledge of both the company and cars of yesterday. As a result of the feedback, I've compiled another list of "Did You Know?" Saturn trivia facts for your viewing pleasure.

Flashback Friday: 1994 Saturn Cycling Calendar

Flashback Friday: 1994 Saturn Cycling Calendar

Saturn has long been a big proponent of an active lifestyle. Today, you'll find Saturn supporting marathons all over the country, but years ago Saturn sponsored a cycling team. According to the 1994 Saturn Cycling Calendar (cover pictured above), the team originally "came together in 1992" and was made up of "a collection of young amateur cyclists from around the country." By then end of their first year in competition, the team "competed in more than 100 races and compiled 53 wins."

Flashback Friday: the SaturnFans.com Virtual Polymer Body-Side Panel Demonstration

Over the years, one of Saturn's most impressive features was their innovative plastic polymer body panels that it used to cloth it's cars in. The panels resisted damage from small dents, dings, and minor bumps - they proved to be very popular among Saturn owners. The panels simply absorbed the impact, and bounced back into their original form.

Random Article from the SaturnFans.com Archives

New Saturn Names Revealed

A credible source has revealed to SaturnFans.com the names of three upcoming Saturn products: Signal, Evoke, and Outlook. Neither Saturn nor GM have officially confirmed the names, but a quick search of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's online database shows that Saturn has in fact registered trademarks for them.