• Feb 6th 2007 at 1:35PM
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Besides the nifty new Astra and Vue Red and Green Lines, the Chicago Auto Show will see the debut of something else new from GM's Saturn division: the "Test Drive at Home" program. Rather than dragging the whole family down to the local dealer to get an abbreviated ride around the block, Saturn will start bringing a model of choice to customers' homes for more real world opportunities to test them out. You just call up your local dealer and a new car will be brought out to your driveway. The program is similar to the way Japanese sellers operate in their home market. Saturn hopes to make this its standard operating procedure from now on. This seems to fit Saturn's image of luxury-marque customer service levels at econobox prices very well. It should help Saturn stay one step ahead of the competition too, as its newest offerings seem to offer quality, pricing and feature content that stacks up nicely with the opposition. The details will be announced soon, but the test drive opportunities will likely be overnight, with the cars being dropped off and returned during regular showroom hours.

[Source: Chicago Tribune via Kicking Tires]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      #10 -- Y'know, taken out of context, your post could easily be interpreted as being about drugs :P
      • 8 Years Ago
      They better be careful out there!!! Lotta looneys who just wanna show off and waste people's time.
      How will you keep enough test drive cars ready???
      Betcha not many thought about it!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Awesome. No more wasting my gas to test drive Saturn cars anymore.

      • 8 Years Ago
      "6. If Autoblog wants to get into the censorship business then I must say it is sad.

      Posted at 5:24PM on Feb 6th 2007 by fordman"

      -I have noticed this only happens on Alex and Franks posts, everyone else seems to leave their posts alone (if thats how it works)

      -I have found John Neff is most likely to let you just say what you want without being bothered, which is nice.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not going to happen where I live. The nearest Saturn dealer is 50 miles away. You'd be lucky to get them to answer a phone call let alone deliver a car to my house for a test drive.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If Autoblog wants to get into the censorship business then I must say it is sad.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Autoblog has begun a censorship campaign until cooler heads prevail.

      All responses have been deleted.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think Saturn is on the right track. Finally has some GOOD products and good ideas. I do hope they make it. The Astra looks like a great product. I just wish they had something more powerful than just 140hp. Maybe the 2.0L turbo will come later?

      But doesn't Lexus do this same thing, deliver a car to be test driven? I'm not bashing Saturn, it just sounds familiar (the whole bring a car to you test drive).
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, this is a good idea. Very common practice in Japan, where the old joke is, the only way to get away from your dealer is to die, or leave the country.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Saab did this more than 10 years ago...
      • 8 Years Ago
      What happened to all the posts for this blog?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think Saturn has a great idea with this.
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