• Aug 15th 2006 at 10:27AM
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With Saturn doing whatever it can to bring a Euro flavor to its North American lineup, the brand is now looking towards a very European way to save fuel - the use of a modern diesel engine. Saturn boss Jill Lajdziak feels that clean diesel would be a "natural" fit for her products. She's also looking to grow the brand through "conquest sales" (new customers that come from outside the GM family), and with the limited number of diesel passenger-car options currently in the marketplace, this looks to be a very smart way to bring new faces into Saturn dealerships.

Saturn's PreVue concept from earlier this year was shown packing a 212-hp twin-turbo Ecotec diesel, so it seems like an obvious candidate. We'd also love to see a Saturn version of the Opel Astra diesel hybrid concept (pictured above), which combines 125 hp from an oilburner with 95 hp from two electric motors to obtain nearly 60 MPG and a 0-60 MPH time below eight seconds.

[Source: Ward's Auto]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Saturn is doing the right thing by distancing itself from mainstream GM products and uploading Opel. Saturn is now the Opel venue we have long waited for in America. Hopefully this will enable Springhill to remain open for business longer as well.
      • 9 Years Ago
      What is so amazing is that GM is finally doing something smart. Granted it should have been done 5 years ago but at least they are doing it. Saturn would have a distinct purpose which it so needed in addition to quality products; European styling, no-hassle buying and alternate engine platforms. I say bring it. A diesel Aura would be a great competitor to a TDI Jetta and would probably get over 40mpg.
      • 9 Years Ago
      why do septics have the astra now? wtf.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Jill, don't be such a tease. You know we want it, now if you take it back I'll have automotive blue balls.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #5 I could totally see something like the Opel Zafira or Meriva in the Saturn lineup. Different than a traditional minivan, and would not be huge volume, but there's a niche for that kind of product, and I think it will grow.
      • 9 Years Ago
      How about a hybrid Saturn Outlook? I think there's probably a decent chance for that already.
      • 9 Years Ago
      i have high hopes for saturn ever since they had decided to use opel products. bringing an affordable and good looking diesel passenger car here will give saturn a big advantage over other brands (be it japanese, european, or even other american brands).
      • 9 Years Ago
      Gawd Damn I hate Saturn's cheap, crappy cars with that sugar-coated, fake-Southern-friends sales/service - but I love diesels so much that I'd hold my nose and come look. ...but I ain't buyin' no cheapo sh_t box!

      j i m
      • 9 Years Ago
      Now America just needs Europe-grade low-sulfur Diesel fuel.
      • 9 Years Ago
      You may be on to something with the hybrid minivan. I see alot of potential for a vehicle like that. I wonder if anyone with GM or Saturn will read this.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I have a 99 SL2 which has been a great car. Unfortunately Saturn has not presented me with a good replacement. I wouldnt even consider the ION. A diesel Astra would be a definite consideration for me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Biodiesel has been around as long as the diesel engine has been around and any diesel engine can run off of it with no conversions what-so-ever. It is much better for the vehicle and the environment. It is also cheaper to buy and not very difficult to make at home. The diesel engine was designed by a farmer to run off of peanut oil so he could grow his own fuel! Why has it taken so long for this clean diesel to show up? If every diesel engine on the planet today ran off of grease and cooking oils they would get better mileage and last longer and the big oil companies would lose a whole lot of money. Not to mention we will be breathing much better air. to run off of pure grease or pure oil (not biodiesel) some conversions are required to the standard diesel engine, but you can get your fuel for free at any restaurant. I think it's very sad how stingy money hungry people can worsen our health because of their own greed.
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