How the SC1 Helped Launch Saturn
- Saturn was a subsidiary of General Motors (GM). It's very interesting to note it wasn't originally planned to be a standalone brand. At first, the people who founded the company and held the designs of the SC1 and other S-Series cars wanted these to be simply models for one of the other companies under GM. Imagine how things might have been if the Saturn cars people love ended up being under Chevy, GMC, Buick, or Cadillac.
- Tracing the roots and history of the SC1 can be quite difficult. At first, there was only the SC. When a new generation came out, the former SC became the SC2. A new but similar car was created and named the SC1. For owners, enthusiasts, and researchers, having this little information may help in sorting through tons of facts about the car.
- The SC1 was one of the first cars released by Saturn. This went into production alongside other classic models such as the SL and SW. These cars were all made from the Z-body platform that was designed for the sole use of Saturn cars. This platform was penned by the in-house designers and didn't require much contribution from those of other GM companies. As a result, the S-Series models looked unique and different.
- The two things that people liked about the SC1 were its very strong body and its fuel efficiency. The innovation and design of its unique Z-body platform utilized special materials for the door panel that made it very resistant to dents. As far as fuel economy was concerned, it was ranked among the highest cars with the best rating in mileage.
- Working independently from GM, Saturn and its SC1 had its own share of fame and success. The positives may have been too much that other GM companies became worried that the new firm may eventually leave the group soon. Unfortunately, things didn't end the way Saturn wanted it to as it folded in 2010. Still, there's no denying the short mark it left in the automotive industry.
- Not only was the SC1 a hit on the streets. Some units of the car were lucky enough to experience bright movie lights and make their way to the silver screen. The car can be seen making a cameo in the 1993 movie Big Momma's House that starred Martin Lawrence and the 2003 film Elf which had Will Ferrell as the lead. The SC1 was given a bigger role in a chase scene of the 2006 block buster Mission Impossible III.