Since its foundation in 1984, Saturn Corporation has been well noted for not only a broad, sporty line of cars, but for excellent customer service and high safety ratings as well. This article discusses a bit about Saturn's history and its top models.
First conceived of in 1982 by Alex Mair, then vice president of what has become General Motor's (GM) advanced engineering staff, the Saturn Corporation has become a popular American automaker. Born from a small-car project code-named 'Saturn,' the first Saturn prototype was unveiled in 1984. The company has since expanded tremendously, offering a variety of coupes, sedans, SUV's, vans in 2005.
While Saturn is known for being dent-resistant, stylish, and affordable, perhaps it is best noted for its award-winning customer service. The company has long boasted its dedication to putting the customer before all else, and reports on Saturn.com that this commitment 'ensures that future Saturn vehicles will not only be economical and save, but easier to use, more versatile, and fun to drive.' The automaker has won awards for outstanding achievements in community relations (Silver Anvil), its manufacturing processes that 'result in exceptionally high quality (Popular Science), and for its easy maintenance (Home Mechanix).
Saturn's Ion is noted for both reliability and affordability, and is available in either a coupe or a sedan. The Ion earned the highest U.S. government frontal crash safety rating in 2005.
The stylish Ion Quad Coupe is available in two main models, the Ion2 and the Ion3, both of which offer a 140-horsepower 2.2-liter, 4-cylinder engine. Saturn also offers a Red Line Ion performance model which, on the other hand, offers a 205-horsepower, supercharged and intercooled, 2.0-liter, 4 cylinder engine. The Ion Sedan performs much like the Ion2 or Ion3, but offers more interior space.
Those interested in a bit more power may be drawn to the L300 Sedan, which sports a 2.0-liter, 24-valve, V-6 engine using dual-overhead-cam design and features an electronic throttle control for 'smooth and responsive acceleration.'
Those in the market for an SUV might consider the Saturn Vue. This sporty 4-wheel-drive model is available in either a 2.2-liter 4-cylinder engine or a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The Vue is roomy and offers reclining front bucket seats with inboard, fold-down armrests and a fold-flat front passenger seatback. It also comes equipped with a CD play, but one can upgrade to CD/MP3, XM Satellite Radio, and a DVD entertainment system.
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