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(from GM Press
Release) With its dynamic design and quick and agile
performance, the Sky roadster delivers a bold message about the next
generation of vehicles from Saturn.
The Sky, introduced at the North American International Auto Show
and slated for production in 2006, is the first vehicle to feature a
new look that will influence Saturn’s entire future product lineup.
The roadster will be followed by a new midsize sedan and a large
crossover SUV as Saturn’s product portfolio doubles during the next
“Building on its accomplishments in customer sales and service
satisfaction, Saturn is introducing a bold new product design to our
vehicles,” said Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak. “For Saturn,
the Sky is not the limit. It’s only the beginning.”
Starting price for the Sky is expected to be less than $25,000. It
will be built at GM’s Wilmington , Del. , assembly facility.
The Sky roadster was
inspired by the Vauxhall VX Lightning Concept – created at GM’s
Advanced Design Studio in Birmingham , England – signaling the
adoption of an international design language for Saturn.
“The Sky’s exterior conveys a sense of technical harmony, combining
taut, controlled lines with fluid surfaces to create a dynamic
feeling,” said Ed Welburn, vice president of Design for GM North
America . “The vehicle’s strong front end is the new face of Saturn,
with a pronounced fender peak and a bold, chrome bar that carries an
integrated Saturn badge.”
The Sky’s design also features a wide stance with short overhangs
and 18-inch wheels pushed to the corners. The convertible top folds
completely into the rear compartment and the clamshell hood provides
excellent accessibility and reinforces the sports car aura.
Projector halogen low beams and reflector optic halogen high beam
headlamps extend the exterior’s sophisticated look.
The design philosophy is carried through to the interior, which is
driver-focused with integrated controls and displays. Creative use
of piano black and chrome finishes combine with available leather
seats and technical grains to emphasize richness and precision.
Jewel-like detailing on the HVAC and lighting controls is executed
with tight fits, highlighting the attention to detail.
The Sky also has the
hardware to back up its bold styling. It is equipped with a 2.4L,
170-horsepower Ecotec engine with variable valve timing and a
five-speed Aisin manual transmission with a short throw shifter. A
five-speed automatic will be optional.
“The Sky’s performance matches its impressive styling,” said Lori
Queen, vehicle line executive for GM’s small cars. “Powertrain,
suspension and handling components were carefully selected to
provide quick and agile performance.”
Other technical highlights include: Four-wheel independent
short/long arm suspension for optimal handling and stability
monotube shocks for excellent wheel control and road isolation
assisted rack- and-pinion power steering for quick, responsive
brakes with ABS for excellent stopping performance
Wide track width for
excellent stability and superior handling
Near 50/50 weight
distribution for balanced handling feel
design and hydroformed longitudinal rails for a stiff body that
results in greater vehicle responsiveness and better overall
mounts for a smoother engine feel
With 3 million
subscribers, OnStar is the nation's leading provider of in-vehicle
safety, security and information services using the Global
Positioning System (GPS) satellite network and wireless
technologies. The 2006 Sky will offer OnStar. Sky owners can
interact with OnStar's voice recognition system in Spanish, French
or English. With the push of a button an OnStar advisor can change
the system to allow the subscriber to interact with the system in
their preferred language. Other core OnStar services are stolen
vehicle location assistance, remote door unlock, roadside
assistance, emergency services and automatic crash notification.
GM is the only automotive manufacturer committed to offering a full
range of vehicles with safety protection before, during and after a
collision. All OnStar-equipped vehicles come with Automatic Crash
Notification. If air bags deploy, the system sends a signal to a
highly trained OnStar Emergency Advisor, who contacts the vehicle to
see if help is needed, and can contact an emergency responder to
send for help. In many cases the occupants are severely injured and
cannot speak for themselves. OnStar’s GPS unit allows Advisors to
tell emergency responders the vehicle’s location. OnStar responds to
at least one air bag deployment in the US or Canada every hour.
Additionally, the Sky will offer the GM-exclusive Advanced Automatic
Crash Notification system. The AACN system detects collisions, even
rollovers, regardless of whether air bags deploy. AACN also
transmits other crash data, such as the direction of impact force,
the number of and which air bags deployed and the maximum change of
impact velocity, so that emergency responders are more prepared with
this critical information before they arrive at the accident scene.
The expansion of the
Saturn product lineup began this year with the introduction of the
Relay family utility vehicle. The Relay combines SUV-like exterior
styling, a rich interior and the functionality of a mid-van.
The Saturn Ion is significantly refined for 2005, with the sedan
receiving improved interior and exterior appearances and more
responsive and refined performance. The Vue’s clean styling,
numerous safety features and vast array of accessory choices
continue to make it a popular choice among customers with active
lifestyles. Saturn’s 2005 lineup also includes two performance
variants, the 205-horsepower Ion Red Line and the 250-horsepower,
performance-tuned Vue Red Line.