General Motors will offer optional hybrid powertrains on several of its most popular models including trucks, SUVs and mid-size sedans starting in late 2003, GM President and CEO Rick Wagoner announced today at the North American International Auto Show.
Buick may join Saturn, Saab, Chevrolet, and Pontiac in building a midsize car based on General Motors' new midsize Epsilon platform. It would be the fourteenth GM model to use the global Epsilon architecture. If the car is approved for production, it may be built alongside Saturn's next generation midsize vehicle in Wilmington, Delaware beginning in 2007.
Answering the performance desires of customers, Saturn is developing a series of performance vehicles and released an artist's conceptual rendering of a specially modified Ion quad coupe at the 2002 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas with production slated for 2004.
High-performance variants of GM cars and trucks will headline the General Motors display at this year's 2002 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, November 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Automotive News reports Saturn has put together a business case for building the 2002 Sky concept convertible roadster. The company is reportedly pushing GM's upper management to approve the car for production. Saturn hopes to sell about 20,000 of them each year.
Despite a lack of new product during the late 1990's, Saturn is working hard to re-establish itself as a 'different' manufacturer of class-leading, import-fighting vehicles. Unlike Saturn's first ten years when General Motors starved retailers of new product, Saturn's next ten years promise to be quite the opposite - a variety of exciting new models are planned for the future.
There has been a lot of discussion at SaturnFans.com lately about the 2005 Chevrolet Equinox � Chevy's polymer-clad version of the Saturn Vue. A few weeks ago, GM said that the Equinox would be built at its Ingersoll, Ontario manufacturing plant that it operates as a joint venture with Suzuki. Today the facility builds the Chevy Tracker and Suzuki Vitara compact sport-utility vehicles.
Saturn says it expects about a 10% increase in U.S. sales next year from the total expected for 2002, thanks to an updated and expanded lineup. Jill Lajdziak, vice president of Saturn Sales, Service, and Marketing, told reporters at a media preview for the new Ion line of small cars that Saturn is on track to set a new sales record this year, with sales of between 285,000 and 300,000 vehicles.
Last week General Motors confirmed rumors that Chevrolet will replace its aging Tracker SUV with a version of the Saturn Vue in 2004, as a 2005 model. The new SUV will be called the Equinox. Like the Vue, the Equinox will be a five-passenger sport-utility built on GM's Theta architecture.