6 Little-Known Facts about the Saturn SL Series
- Thou shall not steal. Did you know that the 1995 model of the Saturn SL Series was regarded as 2003's most stolen vehicle? Also in the same year, the 1994 Saturn SL bagged the third spot in CCC Information Services' most stolen vehicle report. The Saturn SL Series became popular among car robbers because once the SL's key wears on the ignition and the doors, even a filed blank key can be used to open the vehicle and rev up its engine.
- The original Saturn. Interestingly, the original SL was included in Saturn's S-Series, which was the first-ever vehicle series release by the Saturn division of General Motors. The term SL was used for the line's sedan offerings, while the SC label was assigned to the sports coupe version of the S-Series. All the vehicles in this series bore the Z-body platform, which was exclusively developed by Saturn's in-house team.
- The Saturn signature. The use of a vehicle design called the "spaceframe" was unique to Saturn vehicles and a few Pontiac models. This particular design makes use of plastic or polymer for the Saturn vehicles' load-less side panels. These panels were said to have high resistance against dents. This particular feature has been Saturn's primary selling point since they released the S-Series in 1990.
- Saturn in Asia. Saturn vehicles, particularly the SL Series, were not that famous in the Asian continent. In fact, Taiwan and Japan were the only Asian countries who imported Saturn vehicles. Taiwan imported the first and second generation SLs as well as the first generation SCs. Japan, on the other hand, sold right-hand-drive versions of the S-Series from 1996 to 2003.
- Hello, goodbye. On the 30th of July 1990, the first Saturn S-Series vehicle was driven out of the assembly line in Spring Hill, Tennessee by UAW President Owen Bieber and former GM CEO, Roger Bonham Smith. This legendary Saturn S-Series vehicle had a tan interior and a maroon-colored exterior. In that same day, Smith bid farewell to his position as General Motors' Chief Executive Officer.
- Lucky 10. In 2001, Saturn celebrated the 10th year anniversary of the SL Series' release and production through the 10th Anniversary Edition of the SL Sedan. This was a limited edition offering because only 1,000 Anniversary vehicles were produced. The special edition SL Sedan was built on the SL2 trim. The vehicle had a silver finish, and it featured a black leather interior, white gauge faces, black Saturn badges, and special floor mats with especially embroidered "Saturn 10th Anniversary" writings. It also came with a top-quality alloy wheels called the "Teardrop II."
- Saturn on Saturn. Do you want to know the SL Sedan's weight in another planet? The ordinary Saturn SL Sedan has a whopping weight of 2,596.1 lbs. in Saturn!