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In his latest blog post, GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz talks about Saturn. And more specifically, the new Saturn Vue. Bob tells us that the new CUV will launch at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. The PreVue concept that was shown in New York in April was a good preview (pun definitely intended), but even better was seeing the Opel Antara at the Paris Motor Show in September.

Just like the Saturn Aura, itself a mildly reworked corporate cousin from Opel, there are high hopes for the new Vue. The Aura sedan has apparently been getting terrific reviews besides our own. And knowing that, Saturn is relying on another solid starting point in the Antara, although Lutz assures us the Vue "will remain Saturn, through and through." Well, if the new definition of a Saturn is a wonderful badge-engineered vehicle that smartly meets the needs of buyers and enthusiasts, then yes. Follow the jump for a pic of the PreVue and more of the story.

[Source: GM FastLane Blog]

GM's new worldwide platform sharing seems to be paying off, and Lutz tells us that the energy behind GM's products keeps growing at each auto show launch. After L.A. he promises even more at Detroit in January, and into 2007 on the show circuit. Saturn, specifically, will be doubling its product lineup next year, possibly getting into untapped segments.

It's also reassuring to hear that the collaboration between Saturn and Opel will continue and that it will mean a more European focus on sharp looks and sharper handling. Still one of our biggest gripes when getting behind the wheel of most domestics is the lack of feel through the controls. Europeans (and increasingly Japanese) automakers seem to just have some innate ability to give us the responsiveness we like. And still focusing on the feeling from behind the wheel, another big complaint has been interior quality. Bob promises that "highly refined interiors" are "an intense focus of all of GM Global Design at present partnership." Thank goodness.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, what a departure from the current VUE. Almost shocking at that.

      Kudos to Saturn for their turnaround. IMO, they are one of the most exciting brands on the market.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What is so great about this generic Korean design? It looks like it was done by Hyundai, or Kia, or Daewoo...hey, it was done by Daewoo.

      The blocky styling of the original Vue (not current model w/the stupid little grill) actually looked good to me, especially the version with the Honda V6. It was a well-sized vehicle, also. Unfortunately, it was let down by poor drivability and the worst quality interior on the market (save the Ion). If the Vue debuted with the current interior and V6/5 speed auto, it would have been more of a success.

      The Antara, being a Mexican-built Korean designed and engineered vehicle, is hardly an Opel. It is a Daewoo, and it will have the refinement and driving characteristics of a Daewoo, which, though probably improving vastly, is still not very good.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with post number 14. The current Vue has grown into a fairly nice vehicle. I own a 2005 and it is comfortable, quiet, roomy and economical. It is amazing how light the vehicle is for its size and capacity. The steering in the 2005 model is not bad at all. I hope that the replacement does not grow fat like all of the new cross-overs being released in the market. Ford's new edge weighs over 4000 pounds and averages less than 20 mpg. I also hope that Saturn does it right the first time and doesnt do their "continual improvement" routine where they release crap and then slowly refine it as the complaints come in.
      • 8 Years Ago
      According to Consumer Reports, Saturn installs HONDA V6's in the Vues-and they get better ratings than previous GM motors. After all the years GM's been around, it's pathetic to have to turn to Honda for a reliable motor. But then, with Motor Trends Car AND Truck of the year as well as not only powering every car in the Indianapolis 500 this year but EVERY car that tried to qualify, Honda continues to exemplify the type of car manufacturer GM can't begin to equal. Why doesn't it say in an obvious spot "Powered by Honda" on the Vue. There are still some folks that think GM means American made! How wrong could they be?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Opel looks a bit similar to 99 to 03 Lexus RX and the Saturn looks pretty good, but still not the most orginal design such as the Ford IosisX.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hopefully the production model will not deviate much from the original design and here is hoping that Lutz will control the GM bean counters in regards to interior quality.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "The Opel Antara is a mid-size crossover SUV, which is based on General Motors' Theta platform. It is closely related to the Chevrolet Captiva (made in Korea by GM Daewoo, also sold as the Daewoo Winstorm), and shares the engine lineup with it, but has a different exterior and interior, as well as different exterior dimensions. The Antara is scheduled to be launched towards the end of 2006. In the UK, the model will be sold as Vauxhall Antara. And doing so in Australia, this will be the top model of the Captiva lineup of the Holden brand, called Captiva MaXX."

      "The Chevrolet Captiva (designated C100) is a concept SUV developed by GM's design center in Incheon and is based on General Motors' Theta platform. The S3X concept car, from which the Captiva is derived, premiered at 2004 Paris Motor Show, with the final model shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2006."

      From Wikipedia

      I love being right
      • 8 Years Ago
      When are people gonna stop saying that the Aura is based on the Opel platform. While distantly related the Epsilon platform used in Europe is not the same as the one used in the US. The Aura is a reworked Pontiac G6, not a reworked Opel Vectra. BUT, Saturn supposedly plans to import the Vectra wagon. The next gen Aura and Vectra are supposed to be the same car.

      I am confused like everyone else abou the Vue. I thought the Vue was the same as the Antara which was the same as the Captiva. Didn't this start out as the Chevy or Daewoo SX3 show car, then as the Opel Antara show car, then the Saturn PreVue show car?? They all look identical.

      I know, I know, no one wants to admit the design comes from Daewoo - that would make it cheapo Korean crap, right?
      • 8 Years Ago
      So you think that the VUE is easily replaceable? And this car is a leap forward? The current Vue is Strategic Vision's Winner the last two Years in a Row and a 5 Star Safety Award winner. I hope the new vehicle will garner as much respect and awards. Did it ever occur to anyone that the Vue actually meets many peoples Needs? And sold well? As an owner of course I am proud.. but the silly dent resistant doors are such a great feature: my last car required being repainted twice due to an suv opening it's door on my car.. Will the new Vue shine as brightly? I hope so. The Vue is a great vehicle with great dependability. I asked a Vue Saturn mechanic what is most miles ever seen on a Vue.. he said 180,000 and that it was Bulletproof and still looking good. Isn't that what the Japanese said we couldn't do.. We'll We JUST DID!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Don't be mistaken the 08 Vue won't look anything like the Saturn pictured (Prevue). It will be the same car as the Opel above.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not a Daewoo, Nick. Try again.
      The current Vue is a hideous mess. I can't wait for this to hit the dealers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      its designed by opel not daewoo, thats a different suv called the captiva branded as chevy in europe
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