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IL Exclusive: GM Bans Dealer Premiums on Saturn Sky Red Line

Date posted: 05-23-2006
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak said that orders are still being taken for the upcoming 2007 Saturn Sky Red Line and she promises Saturn dealers won't gouge customers who want the hottest version of the new roadster.

"The dealers won't charge a premium, because it doesn't fit with the brand [image]," she explained in an interview with Inside Line. Saturn built its reputation on no-dicker stickers, along with strict attention to customer service.

Lajdziak would not specify what the base price of the Red Line will be, although GM insiders say it's likely to come in around $3,000 above the price of a base Sky. Pricing on the Sky Red Line will be announced at the end of June, she said. The 2007 Sky starts at $23,690, including a $575 destination charge.

"The good news is that the turbo Sky is not sold out and we're still taking orders on it," she said. Lajdziak also confirmed that there would be no Sky Green Line or hybrid edition, at least "not this generation." The current version of the Sky is too small to accommodate a hybrid battery pack.

Lajdziak confirmed that the Sky is sold out for calendar year '06 but dismissed reports that the Sky was also sold out for next year. "People are taking orders for calendar year '07," she said.

The highly anticipated Sky Red Line gets a boost in performance from an Ecotec turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, GM's first direct-injection offering in North America. It produces 260 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 260 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 rpm, making it GM's highest-specific-output engine at 2.1 hp per cubic inch of displacement, and the most powerful engine in the Ecotec family.

The Sky Red Line features dual exhausts, 18-inch polished aluminum alloy wheels and unique chrome trim.

What this means to you: It's not too late to get your hands on a Sky Red Line, according to the boss.
 

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My dealer put in my order today. I got the Silver graphite with the red leather interior. I also got the chrome rims upgrade and spoiler.
I can't wait.
 

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scottone928 said:
My dealer put in my order today. I got the Silver graphite with the red leather interior. I also got the chrome rims upgrade and spoiler.
I can't wait.
I ordered mine today also! A red line Midnight Blue, tan, chrome, monsoon.....
 

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twirp said:
So the RED LINE gets a 2.0?
That's right! I hoped you did read the rest of that paragraph, because it clearly explains why 2.0 liter Turbo charged, 260 Hp, 260 lb torque, direct injection engine with 2.1 horsepower per cubic inch, is considerably superior to the 2.4 liter engine in the standard Sky. :D

The reason it is 2.0 Liter and not 2.4 Liter if I am correct is that since 2.0 has less displacement (smaller cylinders) they have more metal to support the force of the turbocharged engine.:thumbs:

Check this link out to find out what makes this engine so special and powerful!

http://media.gm.com/us/gm/en/news/events/autoshows/06ny/brands/saturn/06_NY_Sat_SkyRLineTurbo.htm
 

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Its strange they mention the RL as having the non-gouge gaurentee... I would like to see them demand the same thing from current dealers for baseline Skys. We all know that there is plenty of dealer premiums for those.

Maybe the Sky baseline was what alerted GM corp to the problem or maybe its all just what GM will say they want but not really what the dealer will do.
 
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