March 2, 2004
Saturn to add sports car to its lineup
Saturn Curve concept. Click image to enlarge
Oshawa, Ontario – General Motors announced that Saturn will add a sports car to its vehicle line-up in early 2006. The sports car will be built at its Wilmington, Delaware manufacturing facility which is also the future production site of the Pontiac Solstice sports car. The Solstice and the new Saturn will be built on GM’s new rear-wheel-drive small car “Kappa” architecture.
At the Detroit auto show in January, Saturn unveiled a 2+2 rear-wheel-drive sports coupe, the Curve, which uses the Kappa platform and is powered by a supercharged 230 horsepower 2.2 litre Ecotec four cylinder engine, the same engine to be used in the new Saturn Ion Red Line. GM did not confirm if the new sports car will resemble the Curve.
“The future sports car will serve as a halo vehicle for Saturn,” said Bob Lutz, GM Vice Chairman, Product Development, Chairman GM North America and Interim-President GM Europe. “This is a game-changer for Saturn. It is the first vehicle of its type for the growing brand and showcases a dramatic new styling direction.”