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From this morning's Saturn email:

The Saturn SKYdome is coming to WIRED NextFest in Chicago. You’ll be able to see the SKY from every angle. You’ll be able to look inside the SKY and see what makes it tick. And you’ll experience it all beneath a wide-open, ever-changing, 360º view of the world.
WIRED NextFest runs June 24th – 26th at Chicago’s Navy Pier.

This is really short notice for me to fly to Chicago! Is anyone from the forum able to go? I need a full report and some new pics!
 

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Wow

I just looked this Wired Nextfest up on the net, and check this out, go to www.nextfest.net and click on the tab at the top that says "Test Drive" ... it reads " This brand new area of WIRED Nextfest invites you to truly experience and "Test Drive" the latest products and technologies that are or will soon be comercially available from ...Saturn Sky" :willy: :willy: Someone from this site that lives in Chicago has got to go to this, take a drive with their video camera running, and make a full report with pictures! :D :D
 

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I just booked a flight, :cheers: lol :D , didn't have anything else to do this weekend, and I am facinated by all the high tech futuristic stuff they will have there so It should be great. I will be taking a bunch of pictures and will post them on here when I return.

Thanks Reedred, you just made my weekend :)
 

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Class Action Law Suit

Do we have any lawyers on the forum? Everything implies that we should be able to test drive the Sky at this show. If they don't allow a test drive I think a class action law suit would be in order. All of this communication should be considered as "work product".

Do not read, unless you are representing Canman and I. :D
 

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skyking said:
Do we have any lawyers on the forum? Everything implies that we should be able to test drive the Sky at this show. If they don't allow a test drive I think a class action law suit would be in order. All of this communication should be considered as "work product".

Do not read, unless you are representing Canman and I. :D
lawsuit schmawsuit... ive been in enough class action suits where i make $.02 and the lawyers walk away with $6mil. patience... patience.... you'll have yours soon enough! :willy:
 

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I just got back from NextFest a few hours ago. I didn't have a camera with me (I didn't even know that the car was going to be there). They had the car in a very dark room, to allow a few projectors to display cutaway and chassis components on the surface of it. I think they were trying to emphasise the high-tech nature of the car's construction (hydroforming, etc.) but I would've been happier just being able to see the car nicely lit. You could barely see the interior at all it was so dark. People seemed pretty impressed by it, myself included. It really looks sharp from the front.

I talked to one of the marketing guys there. I asked about the trunk, and he said that either he hadn't opened the trunk, or it didn't open (I forget what the reason was). He sait it was one of 2 handbuilt prototypes in existence. I think he said that with the top up, you could fit a set of golf clubs in there but with the top down, not. ("grain of salt" disclaimers should apply when talking to the marketing peeps.)
 

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Over at the Solstice forums we've pretty much come to the conclusion that you can fit two sunday soft golf bags in the trunk with the roof up, and you can fit one with the roof down. Both cars share the same trunk, therefore the Sky will probably be the same.
 

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I went to nextfest today with my camera. As previously stated the car is housed in a very dark room. They have projectors beaming a light show off of the car body, i.e. shows an engine side view on the front corner panels were the engine is. :banghead:

Talked to the marketing people working the show. I asked for my test ride, answer - no. I asked if I could sit in it, answer - no. Asked if they would open the trunk, - answer - no. Asked if they would turn on the lights to allow some better picture taking, answer - no.

They were pleasent enough with there responses. It seems that it is the same car that all existing pictures have been taken with. GM marketing has much better pics that these.

All three people working the booth said that the car would be offered with an automatic transmission from the outset. All three said that they were told one set of golf clubs would fit in the trunk with the top down. :eek:
 

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Glad some other people ended up going. I unfortunately do not have the chance. We have to take care of my wife's mother this weekend. :willy: I dont really care that much that the pics u guys took dont show a whole lot more than what we dont know. Im just happy that we got new pics! :lol: I've grown so accustomed to the Solstice that I forgot how gorgeous the Sky's interior is! At first my heart was with the sky. Then with the slew of Sol info coming out, my focus shifted to the Sol. But with this, it's back to the Sky! Where will it end! :willy:
 

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I too just came back from Nextfest. I took about 10 pictures, but as said earlier it was in a dark 360 degree dome wich was very dimly lit. I think the picture I took may be somewhat brighter than the others I saw, they will be posted within the next day. I am happy I was able to see the car in person, it is even better looking. It is definately not a small car like the miata by any stretch. It looks really good. The three saturn reps that were there were very nice. I told them I flew from Florida to Chicago just to see the car and they almost flipped. They were giving out these flash memory sticks that go into the usb port of your computer which supposedly has information about the sky. I will let you know whats on it as soon as I get the pictures posted. I was able to get some information on when it will begin production and be out to dealers. I was told by one girl that has traveled the country with the Sky to various auto shows that production will begin January 23, 2006. I was also told that because it will be a 2007 model, it can not be released to dealers before April 1, 2007. All following year models apparently are not allowed to come out before April 1 of the current year. There ya go, keep an eye out for my pics, I think some turned out pretty good.
 

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skyking said:
I went to nextfest today with my camera. As previously stated the car is housed in a very dark room. They have projectors beaming a light show off of the car body, i.e. shows an engine side view on the front corner panels were the engine is. :banghead:

Cheers :cheers:

I love pictures!
 

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From this morning's Saturn email:

The Saturn SKYdome is coming to . . . .
SKYdome ??? What the heck ???

In case you are wondering like I was check out this site . . . .

 

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Nice, radical red dashboard that wasn't meant to be in a SKYDOME now almost 17 years ago. Cool, but SATURN always was ahead of its time; with certain models getting 40mpg highway way back in the 90s. And the Big 3 dealerships weren't exactly thrilled at the idea of people laying down half a million miles in one car. They didn't like that nor SATURN's no-haggle pricing showroom technique.

 

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That commercial does not say how many quarts of oil he had to add into the crankcase in that 1992 with 400,000 miles. According to my estimate, the guy added 800 quarts.

I have been a volunteer mechanic since May 1997 at the Willow Creek Care Center in South Barrington, IL. The charity received so many Saturn SL-Series vehicles, some were good runners, others had bad engines. The good runners were well maintained, basically the donor-owners added a quart of oil every 500 miles. The bad engine SLs that were towed in, all died from oil starvation.

The charity tried giving the good ones to people in-need but too many were towed back after 2000 miles of use with seized engines and no oil in the crankcase. The people were told to be extremely mindful of the oil, but they ignored the warning. So it didn't take long for the charity to resell every good Saturn and use the proceeds to support operations. There were some really nice Saturns that came in and got resold rather than given away. It was really sad.

If only Saturn figured out the oil consumption problem after the first year rather than letting it go for so many years. That hurt the brand.
 

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That commercial does not say how many quarts of oil he had to add into the crankcase in that 1992 with 400,000 miles. According to my estimate, the guy added 800 quarts.

I have been a volunteer mechanic since May 1997 at the Willow Creek Care Center in South Barrington, IL. The charity received so many Saturn SL-Series vehicles, some were good runners, others had bad engines. The good runners were well maintained, basically the donor-owners added a quart of oil every 500 miles. The bad engine SLs that were towed in, all died from oil starvation.

The charity tried giving the good ones to people in-need but too many were towed back after 2000 miles of use with seized engines and no oil in the crankcase. The people were told to be extremely mindful of the oil, but they ignored the warning. So it didn't take long for the charity to resell every good Saturn and use the proceeds to support operations. There were some really nice Saturns that came in and got resold rather than given away. It was really sad.

If only Saturn figured out the oil consumption problem after the first year rather than letting it go for so many years. That hurt the brand.
I had a 94 SL2 and my wife had a 97 SC2 and never had to add a drop of oil between oil changes.
 
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