Saturn - hottest brand of the year?

General Motors’ Bob Lutz has high expectations for Saturn this year — he says it will be the company’s hottest brand.

Lutz credited the expansion to the new Saturn lineup. Saturn dealers already are sold out of the new Sky roadster into next year, Lutz said. Dealers will get the Aura sedan, Outlook crossover, Vue Green line hybrid crossover and a Sky Red line high-performance roadster this year. Saturn will get a rebadged Opel Astra sedan next year to replace the Ion.

Saturn sold 64,324 light vehicles in the United States through April. That’s up 1.2 percent from 63,581 in the year-ago period.

GM is studying increasing production of the Sky and the Pontiac Solstice roadster, which are built on the same rear-wheel-drive platform in Wilmington, Del. GM had aimed to build 20,000 Solstices and 10,000 Skys this year, but the plant has the capacity to build more.

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