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It's funny ... if it wasn't for the Sky, I would never have bought a Saturn product, much less a GM one.

Form follows function, and most of the manufacturers provide:

- a Chiclet Car (rounded econobox)
- a family hauler (SUV/crossover/minivan
- a truck

In varying degrees of size, quality, features and luxury, they fill their lines out with these basics, because most people need and have to make room in their budgets for one of the above. But in so doing, they tend to want to believe they are part of something bigger ... a heritage. As if cars had DNA.

So they look at the brand, and they look to the exotic options in that brand. The Corvette, the Acura RL, the Z car ... and they hope that some of the "magic" has rubbed off on their cars. "Yeah, my Taurus is a grocery hauler, but man that SHO can fly".

For Saturn, the image was always quality, well built Chiclets. At least that is what the non-Saturn initiate sees. By adding the Sky to the line-up, particularly the Redline, now you have a bloodline. Something to wow in the showroom while you write up the Mom mobile.

I think that the Saturn brand, if it is going to continue and be independent, is going to need the credibility a car like the Sky provides. It is proof of not only engineering aptitude, but also artistic design credibility. You can see one of these in the showroom and know that someone, somewhere "gets it" ... the lines, the stance, the posture tell the story.

Without it, Saturn is just another baghauler maker ... a commodity.
 

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Forty years ago, yes 40, I bought a little 4 seater, 2 really, with only 290 HP, a mere 30 more than my Sky now. It too required hi octane fuel, had a stick shift, was fun to drive and liked corners as well. So now with those forty years under my belt I have found something that does a really great job of replacing the 290 HP car. I long to drive my Sky just as I wanted to spend hours in the other car. I have something that re lit that long lost flame of performance, that urge to nail it. The 290 HP car had a 4:88 rear end and was good for just a little over 100MPH. The Sky is good to 140MPH they say, I think it could stand regeared as well, something to slow it down a little. My Sky is the perfect 40 year leap from my 1969 Z/28. So if you see an old guy in a black RedLine at a red lite, egging you on while you are waiting for the green, I'll be leaving when the red goes out, as I did those short 40 years ago!
 

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At least the GM CEO is looking at cold hard business sense. In the begining the Chevy division guy fought the SKY intro. "It looks too much like a Vette" !!! Huh? Le'me see now - 1) is he blind? 2) if you are worried about a $25k -33k car taking away $50k - 120K car business - you already got big problems!! No room for emotion in business - obviously not a team player. Let's hope the SKY (ok solstice too) do manage to continue.
 

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I just drove two thousand miles cross country with a three day stop in Yellowstone in my Sky. I guess I will have to debate how impractical it is as my wife and I had no problem packing all we need in the car. Yes, a little tight, but basically just skipped all the junk we never would use anyway. We both loved the trip so far, and have a return coming next week. This car is just fine for two people whatever their destination.
 
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