GM recalling Chevy, Pontiac and Saturn models over fuel pump woes

2009 Chevrolet Cobalt

The NHTSA has issued a recall for over 40,000 of General Motors sedans and crossovers bought in the hot-climate states of Arkansas, Arizona, California, Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas. As many as 40,859 units consisting of the 2007 Chevrolet Equinox, Pontiac Torrent and Saturn Ion and the 2007-2009 Chevrolet Cobalt and its Pontiac G5 twin are being recalled for potential fuel leaks.
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Saturn Aura

Opel Insignia

General Motors says the new Vauxhall/Opel Insignia, will make its global debut at London Motor Show, will be the basis for the new Saturn Aura.

The Aura will have a completely different skin and interior, but sub-systems, suspensions and powertrains will be shared, though we are not sure just how many of the six available gas and diesel engines in the Euro-only Opel will make their way Stateside.

GM also shot down the possibility of a coupe version of the Insignia making production.

Opel Vectra

new Opel Vectra

Spy photographers have shots of new Opel Vectra (US customers know this car as Saturn Aura). The sedan shown in the photo will be a new generation of Opel Vectra and accompanied by a five door hatch and wagon variants. We’ll be seeing the new Vectra pretty much intact on American shores in a couple of years wearing Saturn Aura badges.

2008 Saturn Vue

2008 Saturn Vue

GM unveiled the 2008 Saturn Vue, a compact five-door crossover based on the european Opel Antara. The 2008 Vue will be available in XE, XR and Red Line trim levels. Will offer a wide range of powertrains, including a more powerful four-cylinder engine, and two V-6 choices mated to six-speed automatic transmissions. Five-speed manual transmission will be available later. All-wheel drive is available with both V-6 engines.

The XE FWD and Vue Green Line models are equipped with the 2.4L Ecotec with variable valve timing. It produces 164 horsepower (122 kW) at 6,300 rpm* and 160 lb.-ft. (221 Nm) of torque at 4,500 rpm. All-wheel-drive Vue XE models come equipped with a 3.5L V-6 engine, delivering 215 horsepower (260 kW) at 5,900 rpm and 220 lb.-ft. (304 Nm) of torque at 2,800 rpm. Vue XR and Vue Red Line, are powered by GM??s 60-degree dual overhead cam 3.6L V-6 VVT that delivers 250 horsepower (186 kW) at 6,500 rpm and 243 lb.-ft. (329 Nm) of torque at 4,400 rpm.

Saturn Gravana Sky

Tuner Gravana and GM unveiled at the SEMA the Saturn Gravana Sky ?? a souped-up version of the popular roadster. The Saturn Gravana Sky features a 300 hp engine, giving it more output than the range toping 260 hp Saturn Sky Redline.

Enhancements to the Gravana Sky include an Aerodynamic Lower Ground Effects Kit, Full Bumper Body Kit, Carbon Fiber Engine Cover, Stainless Air Intake System, Header and Exhaust, Coil-Over Suspension, Sway Bars, Heat Extractor Hood, and more.

Opel Astra will be sold as a Saturn

Opel Astra

Saturn plans to selling a local version of the Opel Astra, a compact euro car. The Astra is a cool little model – stylish, comfortable and sporty.

The plan for the Astra – Saturn is still mulling names for the U.S. market, including Ion and Astra – aims to learn from those mistakes. The U.S. version will look like the Opel, and it will compete with other compacts, just as it does in Europe.

Opel Vectra Wagon will be sold as a Saturn

Opel Vectra C wagon

The Opel Vectra C Wagon will be imported and rebadged as a Saturn. The target is 50,000 units annually, beginning in 2008 or 2009.

The mid-sized wagon will be assembled in Ruesselsheim, Germany, using GM’s front-wheel-drive Epsilon platform.
The Opel Vectra wagon will become the second Opel import in Saturn’s lineup. GM will replace the Saturn Ion with rebadged Opel Astras. The target is 45,000 units annually. The Opel Astra is about the size of a Ford Focus.

The imported Vectra wagon will offer all-wheel drive and a V-6 engine, says Jim Hall, v. p. of industry analysis at AutoPacific Inc. in Southfield, Mich.