Thursday, March 25, 2010

My Saturn SL Would have Returned to Roots

What might have been... My Saturn SL for 2011 looks back at the original plastic-bodied family sedan introduced by GM in 1990. Alas it was not meant to be.

C H O P — I  chopped this 'return to basics' Saturn SL a few years ago. The base photo was an unknown-in-the-USA Dacia sedan, a low-priced marque owned by Renault. I used a dark russet color that was often seen on the revolutionary small family sedan back in the day, and incorporated a wrapped rear window in a nod to the original. My Saturn would have continued the elastomeric ding-resistant body panels made famous by Saturn. Instead of using the relatively expensive Opel platforms as Saturn evolved into, I would have kept Saturn cheap and cheerful and perfect for budget-minded families. Unfortunately, this chop, as well as any new Saturn, will never see the light of day. 

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