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Six Interesting Facts about the Saturn LS1
- The Saturn LS1 was part of the series that launched Saturn's entry to the middle-size sedan market. Before the launch of the L-Series in 2000, General Motors only ever manufactured and sold compact cars under the Saturn marque. The LS1 received generally good reviews from auto enthusiasts and was even said to be comparable to the reigning midsize sedans during that time: the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry.
- The Saturn LS1 badge was uniquely assigned to the 2000 midsize sedan that was wedged between the LS and the LS2 in terms of features and options. The LS1 and the two other sedans in the L-series were rebadged as the L100, L200, and L300 for the next model year and they retained the new naming system until the final vehicle concluded the production of all models in the L-series in 2004.
- With a nomination for Motor Trend's 2000 Car of the Year and Car and Driver's Ten Best List for 2000, the Saturn LS1 joined the market with hopes of a bright future ahead. However, stiff competition from Ford, Honda, Audi, BMW, Porsche, Lexus, and Chrysler stopped the LS1 from getting either award.
- Although the Saturn LS1 was said to have been based on the Opel Vectra, Saturn was quick to point out that the LS1 actually shared less similarities to the Vectra than expected. In fact, an engineer for Saturn once unloaded 132 parts from a laundry basket during a press preview for the Saturn L-series and noted that those were the only exactly identical parts that the L-series cars shared with the Opel Vectra.
- The engine that powered the Saturn LS1, a 2.2 liter DOHC 16V 4-cylinder engine, served as an introduction the new Powertrain division of General Motors during that time. This particular engine, along with the 3.0 liter DOHC 24V V6 that powered the other vehicles in the 2000 L-series, jumpstarted the onslaught of newer, better engines that General Motors will put into their vehicles in the succeeding years.
- With a whopping eight color options, the Saturn LS1 definitely gave its consumers the ultimate design choice. The most popular colors among the choices are blackberry pearl, bright white, and medium gold.