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FOR RELEASE: 2005-01-07

Saturn Unveils Sky Roadster

Two-seat convertible signals new design direction

DETROIT – With its dynamic design and quick and agile performance, the Sky roadster delivers a bold message about the next generation of vehicles from Saturn.

The Sky, introduced at the North American International Auto Show and slated for production in 2006, is the first vehicle to feature a new look that will influence Saturn’s entire future product lineup. The roadster will be followed by a new midsize sedan and a large crossover SUV as Saturn’s product portfolio doubles during the next 24 months.

“Building on its accomplishments in customer sales and service satisfaction, Saturn is introducing a bold new product design to our vehicles,” said Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak. “For Saturn, the Sky is not the limit. It’s only the beginning.”

Starting price for the Sky is expected to be less than $25,000. It will be built at GM’s Wilmington , Del. , assembly facility.

Technical harmony

The Sky roadster was inspired by the Vauxhall VX Lightning Concept – created at GM’s Advanced Design Studio in Birmingham , England – signaling the adoption of an international design language for Saturn.

“The Sky’s exterior conveys a sense of technical harmony, combining taut, controlled lines with fluid surfaces to create a dynamic feeling,” said Ed Welburn, vice president of Design for GM North America . “The vehicle’s strong front end is the new face of Saturn, with a pronounced fender peak and a bold, chrome bar that carries an integrated Saturn badge.”

The Sky’s design also features a wide stance with short overhangs and 18-inch wheels pushed to the corners. The convertible top folds completely into the rear compartment and the clamshell hood provides excellent accessibility and reinforces the sports car aura. Projector halogen low beams and reflector optic halogen high beam headlamps extend the exterior’s sophisticated look.

The design philosophy is carried through to the interior, which is driver-focused with integrated controls and displays. Creative use of piano black and chrome finishes combine with available leather seats and technical grains to emphasize richness and precision. Jewel-like detailing on the HVAC and lighting controls is executed with tight fits, highlighting the attention to detail.

Roadster performance

The Sky also has the hardware to back up its bold styling. It is equipped with a 2.4L, 170-horsepower Ecotec engine with variable valve timing and a five-speed Aisin manual transmission with a short throw shifter. A five-speed automatic will be optional.

“The Sky’s performance matches its impressive styling,” said Lori Queen, vehicle line executive for GM’s small cars. “Powertrain, suspension and handling components were carefully selected to provide quick and agile performance.”

Other technical highlights include: Four-wheel independent short/long arm suspension for optimal handling and stability

* Coil-over Bilstein monotube shocks for excellent wheel control and road isolation
* Hydraulically assisted rack- and-pinion power steering for quick, responsive vehicle control
* Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS for excellent stopping performance
* Wide track width for excellent stability and superior handling
* Near 50/50 weight distribution for balanced handling feel
* Structural tunnel design and hydroformed longitudinal rails for a stiff body that results in greater vehicle responsiveness and better overall feel
* Hydraulic engine mounts for a smoother engine feel

OnStar

With 3 million subscribers, OnStar is the nation's leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and information services using the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite network and wireless technologies. The 2006 Sky will offer OnStar. Sky owners can interact with OnStar's voice recognition system in Spanish, French or English. With the push of a button an OnStar advisor can change the system to allow the subscriber to interact with the system in their preferred language. Other core OnStar services are stolen vehicle location assistance, remote door unlock, roadside assistance, emergency services and automatic crash notification.

GM is the only automotive manufacturer committed to offering a full range of vehicles with safety protection before, during and after a collision. All OnStar-equipped vehicles come with Automatic Crash Notification. If air bags deploy, the system sends a signal to a highly trained OnStar Emergency Advisor, who contacts the vehicle to see if help is needed, and can contact an emergency responder to send for help. In many cases the occupants are severely injured and cannot speak for themselves. OnStar’s GPS unit allows Advisors to tell emergency responders the vehicle’s location. OnStar responds to at least one air bag deployment in the US or Canada every hour.

Additionally, the Sky will offer the GM-exclusive Advanced Automatic Crash Notification system. The AACN system detects collisions, even rollovers, regardless of whether air bags deploy. AACN also transmits other crash data, such as the direction of impact force, the number of and which air bags deployed and the maximum change of impact velocity, so that emergency responders are more prepared with this critical information before they arrive at the accident scene.

Saturn lineup

The expansion of the Saturn product lineup began this year with the introduction of the Relay family utility vehicle. The Relay combines SUV-like exterior styling, a rich interior and the functionality of a mid-van.

The Saturn Ion is significantly refined for 2005, with the sedan receiving improved interior and exterior appearances and more responsive and refined performance. The Vue’s clean styling, numerous safety features and vast array of accessory choices continue to make it a popular choice among customers with active lifestyles. Saturn’s 2005 lineup also includes two performance variants, the 205-horsepower Ion Red Line and the 250-horsepower, performance-tuned Vue Red Line.

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Contact:
Michael Morrissey
Saturn Communications
Phone: 313-665-4230
E-mail: [email protected]

SATURN SKY PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
General

Body/chassis structure:


integral hydroformed tube and stamped steel structure

Body materials:


hydroformed stamped steel, conventional stamped steel, sheet molding compound

Chassis material:


aluminum/steel

Suspension


Front:


SLA w/coil-over, monotube shock

Rear:


SLA w/coil-over, monotube shock

Wheels (in):


18 x 8 aluminum

Tires


Front:


Goodyear Eagle RSA P245/45R18 96V

Rear:


Goodyear Eagle RSA P245/45R18 96V

Brakes:


4-wheel disc w/ ABS

Steering:


rack and pinion with hydraulic assist

Dimensions


Height (in / mm):


49.8 / 1274

Length (in / mm):


161.1 / 4091

Width (in / mm):


71.4 / 1813

Wheelbase (in / mm):


95.1 / 2415

Track (in / mm)


Front:


60.7 / 1543

Rear:


61.44 / 1561

Weight (lb / kg):


2860 / 1300 (estimated)

Powertrain


Powertrain Configuration:


front engine, rwd

Engine:


2.4L DOHC I-4 Ecotec (LE5)

Displacement (cu in / cc):


145 / 2400

Horsepower (hp / kw) @ rpm:


170 / 127 @ 6400 (estimated)

Torque (lb-ft / Nm) @ rpm:


162 / 220 @ 4800 (estimated)

Transmission:


Aisin 5-speed manual (standard)
5-speed automatic (optional)
 

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Well poop, 162 ft-lb instead of 170 ft-lb. Not the end of the world, but less then what we had been told before. :(
 

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Maybe that figure will be revised. So far other GM information suggests it will be 170, unless it gets revised too. We still have some time before the Sky hits the market for specification changes.
 

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What happened to the Solstice?

I'm wondering why there is this NEW car being posted in the Solstice forum. It sure looks a like like the Solstice though the press release doesn't mention it at all. Pontiac Solstice is now the Saturn Sky?
 

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PoorGreg said:
I'm wondering why there is this NEW car being posted in the Solstice forum. It sure looks a like like the Solstice though the press release doesn't mention it at all. Pontiac Solstice is now the Saturn Sky?
2 different cars. Pontiac will make Solstice, Saturn will make Sky. Cars will be same underneath, just different skins.
 

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PoorGreg said:
I'm wondering why there is this NEW car being posted in the Solstice forum. It sure looks a like like the Solstice though the press release doesn't mention it at all. Pontiac Solstice is now the Saturn Sky?
The Solstice is still scheduled for production sometime in 2005, most likely this summer (although GM still officially says fall).

The Sky roadster is built off the same Kappa platform as the Solstice. Its essentially a copy of the Solstice for Saturn to sell at its dealerships with different styling. Its also likely to have a few more options as standard equipment and be priced slightly higher than the Solstice because of it. However, it doesn't effect the Solstce being produced at all. There will be both!

As for it being on this forum, its here because they are closely related. If you notice at the bottom of the page there is also a link to a Saturn Sky forum. Troy, the site admin, will soon have that Sky forum up and running. Until then, Solsticeforum is the place for Sky discussion!

Hope that helps! Welcome to the forum! :smile
 

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Fformula88 said:
Maybe that figure will be revised. So far other GM information suggests it will be 170, unless it gets revised too. We still have some time before the Sky hits the market for specification changes.
True, true. The HRR press that just came out still says 170/170 for it's 2.4L ECOTEC, as does all of the other Solstice information. It's just kinda discerning that the latest most official says 162 though.
 

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Well, it's what I thought. Just an alternative styling for the Solstice, nothing new or different. GM's still thinking Camero/Firebird. Oh well, options are good for the customer, and the Saturn dealerships are top notch from my experience with them, so if you want a Solstice, but not the hassle you're likely to get at the Pontiac dealer, there is an option. Whether badge engineering is good for Kappa we'll have to wait and see now.

Intersesting the note of the 5 speed automatic. I guess it might be a clue to when automatic fans can get one in the Solstice, probably around the time of the Sky launch.
 

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AeroDave said:
Intersesting the note of the 5 speed automatic. I guess it might be a clue to when automatic fans can get one in the Solstice, probably around the time of the Sky launch.
Yeah, I was coming to just post that here too.
From the tech PDF
Available electronically controlled 5-speed automatic transmission
My other question is, what is a "self-adjusting clutch" mentioned under the 5-speed manual?

Also does anyone know if the Solstice has the short throw shifter too?
 

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So, some questions:

when will this vehicle be available?

any word on top and trunk space, top operation, trunk access?

will the solstice press release contain more info, or about the same.

thanks
 

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RODEO said:
So, some questions:

when will this vehicle be available?

any word on top and trunk space, top operation, trunk access?

will the solstice press release contain more info, or about the same.

thanks
ETA is late 2005 or early 2006 for Sky. No word on trunk operation yet but it will probably work just like Solstice (you can even see those chrome latches in a couple of pics). Solstice press release will hopefully contain final specs and options and colors when it's released.
 

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mceb said:
ETA is late 2005 or early 2006 for Sky. No word on trunk operation yet but it will probably work just like Solstice (you can even see those chrome latches in a couple of pics). Solstice press release will hopefully contain final specs and options and colors when it's released.
Thanks mceb! So this press release did nothing for answering questions about the most speculated points of these 2 cars, the top and trunk, BUMMER. It was nce to get the pics though.

Are these pics a production version?

Wifey doesn't like it as much as the solstice, but I suspect, in person that could be different!
 

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RODEO said:
Thanks mceb! So this press release did nothing for answering questions about the most speculated points of these 2 cars, the top and trunk, BUMMER. It was nce to get the pics though.

Are these pics a production version?

Wifey doesn't like it as much as the solstice, but I suspect, in person that could be different!
These are prelim specs for Sky just like Solstice released last January. I'd call it pre-production since there is more time for stuff to change on Sky but I'd bet it will be mostly same as Solstice except for exterior and interior.
 

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brentil said:
My other question is, what is a "self-adjusting clutch" mentioned under the 5-speed manual?
It's no big deal. Probably every modern car out there with a manual has it now. My '84 Charger had one back then. All it is is a ratcheting device that automaticaly adjusts the free play in the clutch pedal as the clutch disk wears and maintains optimum free play. In old cars and bigger trucks you have to adjust the clutch free play manualy with wrenches. So the auto adjust freature is really nice, it's just no big deal because everyone else has it too these days.

It's kind of like how they will say power assisted brakes on a new car spec sheet. It's nice, but everybody has that. Just a way to puff the car up and make people think they are getting something extra.
 

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AJC said:
The Sky is 4.5 inches longer that the Solstice?
If it's true I bet it's because the nose is more pointed and sticks out farther on the Sky then on the Solstices very rounded nose. That's a good bit of sticking out though, so who knows.
 
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