The original vision of Roger Smith was for Saturn to make high quality efficient cars to compete with Honda and Toyota in quality and gas mileage. I bought the first Saturn SL1 with an automatic delivered in St. Paul. I drove it up to North Dakota and was surrounded with people who wanted to see the new creation. I still have the video about the plant in Tenn.That car lasted 250,000 miles.At one time, my brother and I and our kids had six Saturns. Later Saturn got away from the Roger Smith vision and made SUVs and larger sedans. The SL1 was replaced with the Ion which was a piece of junk.
It is a shame that GM let Saturn failed the way it did......Oh and when my daughter replecd her Saturn, she bought a Honda. We replecd our last Saturn with a Toyota
Thanks for the details, Bruce. Clearly, lots of people have a soft spot for Saturn (even some of the newer ones). I'm a little surprised the loyalty for the brand wasn't worth enough for someone to keep it going.