Saturn Ion

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The Saturn Ion was a compact car sold by the Saturn marque of American automaker General Motors between the 2003 and 2007 model years. It used the GM Delta platform. The Ion replaced the Saturn S-Series in 2003[1] , and was replaced by the new Saturn Astra in 2008. As of 2006, the Ion was the longest compact car sold in North America. Production of the Ion ended on March 27, 2007.

The Saturn Ion fared poorly in IIHS crash tests. In the frontal offset collision the 2005 Ion received an overall Acceptable score. In the side impact test all models even those with side airbags received a Poor overall score.[2]

The 2003 Ion came standard with a 140 hp (104 kW) DOHC Ecotec I4 engine. The Ion’s instrument panel was mounted on the top center of the dashboard, rather than behind the steering wheel. The Ion is available in sedan and coupe forms; the coupe is called a “quad coupe” due to the two smaller rear-opening “suicide doors” behind the front doors.

A Getrag F23 5-speed manual or an Aisin AF23 5-speed automatic transmission were available. The compact 5-speed automatic had several unique characteristics. The transmission lacked an overdrive, allowing for five forward gears to be packaged in the size of a typical four-speed manual gearbox, both providing close gear ratios for better acceleration and fuel efficiency while eliminating the heat and parasitic loss generated by the additional planetary gearset. The unit was also “fill-for-life”, meaning that it was not intended to be serviced for the life of the vehicle. The 2003 and 2004 Ions were available with the VTi continuously variable transmission.

In 2004, Saturn introduced the high-performance Red Line variant of the Ion, featuring a 205 hp (153 kW) supercharged engine, and a stronger F35 5-speed manual transmission.[3] Stiffer springs with a lowered ride height, larger front brakes with rear discs, performance sway bars, revalved shock absorbers, Recaro racing seats, and a special ground effects package were also included. This model used a 2.0L version of General Motors’ Ecotec engine, termed the ‘LSJ’, developed with GM’s Performance Division and track tested at Germany’s famous Nürburgring Nordschleife. Also available for 2004 in limited production was a “Special Edition” model. It was basically a Saturn Ion 3 Sedan with upgrades such as two-tone leather interior, ultra-bright machined face wheels with unique lug nuts and center cap. Also included was a Chrome-tipped exhaust pipe, embroidered floor mats, and an automatic dimming rear-view mirror with compass and temperature display. It was offered in 3 different colors: Black Onyx, Chili Pepper Red, and Electric Blue. The Special Edition Sedan was marketed to bring a premium presence to the sedan, and appeal to more people.