IN THE WORLD OF MOTORS
SATURN SERIES L
SATURN LS Work on the large-scale Saturn project was launched by General Motors in 1983. Its main goal was the creation of compact (by American standards) models that could compete in the domestic market with a growing number of imported, especially Japanese, cars. It took about seven years to develop the first Saturn, and then to prepare it for production, and in mid-1990, the first cars finally came off the assembly line. Until recently, the lineup consisted of three basic versions of the S series, but over the past nine years the company has strengthened its position so much that it was decided to master the model with a higher class. The sedan and station wagon of the new L series went on sale in the summer of 1999.
First of all, it is worth noting the successful construction of the bodies of new cars, which provide not only high passive safety indicators, but also excellent corrosion resistance. Owners will certainly appreciate the practicality of the polymer material from which the bumpers and external panels of all doors are made. Thanks to this polymer, it is much more difficult to damage the paintwork, and the small wounds and abrasions received in the “street battles” will soon “heal”: the panels take their original shape.
Maintaining a typical “Saturn” appearance, the new cars carry units, mainly of European brands. So, for example, the chassis was borrowed from the Opel-Vectra, an automatic transmission and one of the engines can be found on the SAAB and Cadillac. Unlike the S series, the L-series cars are equipped with more powerful four- and six-cylinder engines with a volume of 2.2 (137 hp) and 3.0 (182 hp) liters. Especially for Saturn, the engines were made low-maintenance, with an interval of replacement of spark plugs and coolant in 160 and 240 thousand km, respectively.