General Motors' $1.2 billion project that spawned Saturn Corp.'s new mid-sized L-series cars off the Opel Vectra created a dilemma for the company.
On one hand, GM wanted to save money by adapting a European car for the North American market. And doing so gave Saturn an opportunity to create its first new car in nearly a decade.
On the other, Saturn wanted to preserve its carefully crafted image as a 'different kind of car company,' independent from GM decision making.
The new LS sedan and LW wagon are the result of those two conflicting goals. The 2000 L-series models, which went on sale in July, look different from the Vectra both inside and out.
Engine offerings for the LS2 include a 3.0-liter V-6 and a 137-hp, 2.2-liter four-cylinder.