Sometime next year, Saturn will cease production of its ION at the Spring Hill facility. Due to the car's space frame and plastic body panels, it's somewhat unlikely that it will move to the Lordstown facility where the Cobalt is built, and so a new car with conventional unibody construction and steel body panels is needed. Enter the GMX002, which was to be a version of the Opel Astra. I say "was", because it's very possible that this program has been cancelled, or has at least been delayed. This will leave Saturn without its own small car for the first time in the company's history. If this is indeed the case, it leaves us (and many others) with one big question - what exactly is the point of Saturn? This will certainly provide ample ammunition for those who believe GM has too many brands and too few ideas of what to do with them.

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