Opinion: The Ride’s Over for Saturn Lovers

From the Ventura County Star: Started in 1985 to compete with small, fuel-efficient Japanese imports, Saturn was meant to operate independently of the parent company — and for a while it did, building an enthusiastic customer base — almost cultlike — that it hosted for an annual reunion and picnic at its Spring Hill, Tennessee, plant. Unfortunately, the brand never made money and the plant quit making Saturns in 2007. But, to hear Saturn buffs tell it, the massive GM bureaucracy intruded more and more in the running of the company, and it was slow to introduce new models in a fast-changing market. And Saturn, with its smaller cars, faced a lot of competition. Say what you will about gas guzzlers, they deliver great profit margins. Car lovers can only look at the Saturn experiment and think of what might have been. Saturn's specialty was low-key showrooms, no-haggle pricing and obsessive customer service.

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Video: FoxNews.com Climbs Mt. Washington in the Saturn Vue Hybrid

Gary Gastelu from FoxNews.com's Car Report recently drove a 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line hybrid to New Hampshire's Mt. Washington, the highest point in the northeast United States. "Drivers come from across the country to see if their vehicles can make the climb up to the 6288 foot summit," he said. "Today is Alternative Energy day here, so we brought the Saturn Vue hybrid ... and we're going to see if green can get to the top."