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OK, maybe I'm in on the posting confusion now too; I just posted this but don't see it anywhere, so forgive me if it shows up a second time ...

Just curious why the Sky doesn't use the plastic skin Saturn is kind of known for?

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Somewhere there is a reply to this, but Saturn has decided to move away from Plastic cars. Not sure why but I think it has to do with image more then anything else.

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Structural Skin.........

Another aspect is that steel quarter panels are part of the vehicles structure just like the windshield is. So if the quarters were plastic, some additional hidden structure would have to be added to compensate - hence more weight.
 

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Interior PVC: http://lists.essential.org/dioxin-l/msg01045.html

All plastic car? http://plastics.2456.com/eng/epub/n_details.asp?epubiid=3&id=433

Not sure how much of it is marketing - but I thought I heard a few years back that issues such as the cost of the injection molding systems and the folks to operate them - and to retool them every year - got to be more expensive than traditional steel-working methods and personnel.

Would also be interesting to see if the unions - or sub-contractors - hda anything to say about it.

And an all plastic body - would require a more complex frame - such as the Fiero http://www.fierofocus.com/articles/art-fiero-history.html - which looks basically liek a Fiero and is just as safe to operate with or withotu the body panels attached. (has anyone seen a pic of a Sky without the body panels?)
 

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Saturn is making a bit of a move upmarket. The Aura isn't a plastic car, either. Saturn will be the American Opel.
Or Opel the German Saturn :D

I think over the years the whole programs of cars will become more and more identical:

Saturn Aura < Opel Vectra

Saturn SkyRL > Opel GT

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