Saturn began in 1990 as a new division of General Motors. A small low priced vehicle that carried a “no haggle” policy, quickly intrigued American buyers with the new straight forward approach.
It debuted with the Saturn S, a new platform with flexible plastic body panels, designed to inhibit dents. G.M. designed and manufactured Saturn, in its own dedicated plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. These cars were small horsepower, gas efficient, economy cars, getting up to 40 MPH on standard stick shift vehicles.
In 2000 they introduced the L, which shared a platform with the Opel Vectra, another G.M. division. They also added the Vue, an SUV, and Relay, a minivan. The Ion replaced the S series and Saturn ventured into the Hybrid market with the Vue Green Line. They added the Sky roadster, the Aurora sedan, and the Outlook crossover. The Astra came towards the end as General Motors experienced financial problems in 2009, and was forced to shut Saturn down in their bankruptcy proceedings.