What is the Saturn brand?
Famous as “a different kind of car company,” new Saturn cars may no longer leave the assembly line, but many durable and reliable models are still on the road today, great as passenger or family vehicles. There are definitely some benefits to choosing a Saturn auto when you’re buying a used car.
Why choose a Saturn?
- Because only used cars are available, you can easily find a Saturn at an economical price
- It’s a myth that Saturn parts are no longer available for repair, as there are many NOS (new old stock) and used parts on the market.
- Saturn models offer several mid-size sedans, and are great cars for families or commuters.
- Many Saturn models won numerous awards during their production years, such as “best compact car,” “best subcompact car,” and double 5-star safety ratings during crash tests.
What kinds of Saturn models can I find?
As many early Saturn models and prototypes would be hard to find, here is a comprehensive list of Saturn models available from 1993 onward:
- Saturn S-Series (compact sedan, coupe, and station wagon)
- Saturn L-Series (mid-size sedan and station wagon)
- Saturn VUE (crossover)
- Saturn ION (coupe or sedan)
- Saturn RELAY (minivan)
- Saturn Sky (roadster)
- EV1 (electric car)
- Saturn Outlook (crossover)
- Saturn AURA (mid-size sedan)
Of these models, the most popular were the Saturn L-Series and the Saturn ION. The Saturn VUE was also quite popular and was the last car that Saturn manufactured in 2010.
What is the history of Saturn?
Saturn first formed as an American company in 1985, primarily to compete with Japanese imports, such as Mazda, Toyota, and Subaru. The first prototype, however, wouldn’t appear until 1990. Known as durable, reliable, yet economical cars, Saturns were an instant hit with the American population. One of Saturn’s innovations was to use plastics in their body parts.
Why is Saturn no longer in business?
Saturn was technically a GM property, and in 2007, the company decided to revamp Saturn models with parts and designs from Opel, another brand. Many American car companies were in trouble during this time period, and GM began to seek an active buyer for Saturn. There was almost a buyer in Penske automotive, but the deal fell through.