Saturn’s introductory vehicle was the Saturn S – which was available as a sedan, coupe, or wagon. Saturn’s innovative policies weren’t limited to their sales pitches. The Saturn S featured plastic components and paved the way for the use of cheaper plastic parts in lieu of traditional metal pieces. In addition, Saturn’s boasted extremely pleasing fuel economy rates – pushing the limits of 40 MPG, allowing them to compete with their foreign competitors.
As the years progressed, Saturn didn’t evolve as much as their competitors. Most changes were cosmetic in nature and Saturn stagnated a bit before a concerted push by General Motors to revive the brand in the early 2000s. The introduction of Saturn Vue was a rousing success and leading the way for a minivan (the Relay) and the Ion – the replacement for the S-series. Then, Saturn introduced a Hyrbid Vue, the Sky Roadster, and the Overlook.
Despite a revived brand and respectable sales, Saturn was dissolved in 2009 as part of General Motors bankruptcy proceedings. General Motors attempted to sell the brand, but a pending sale fell apart, leaving Saturn on the scrap heap. Buyers continue to remain happy with Saturn, and the resale values remain strong for used vehicles.