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GM Claims Plaintiffs are Fabricating Evidence in Texas Lawsuit Over Faulty Ignition Switch

GM Claims Plaintiffs are Fabricating Evidence in Texas Lawsuit Over Faulty Ignition Switch

It looks like every suit against GM over the ignition switch will probably be pretty rocky

With Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal taking up all the headlines, it was pretty easy for GM’s ignition switch problem to be overshadowed. Well, now that all the hype over VW has started to subdue a bit, GM is back in the headlines again. This time, however, it isn’t for another death or another new lawsuit, but because it is trying to get the judge to dismiss the first civil case being brought against it in Texas over the ignition switch issue.

Five years ago, Zachary Stevens was driving his 2007 Saturn Sky when he crashed into another vehicle, subsequently killing its driver. Stevens had manslaughter charges brought against him, but after claiming that the ignition switch rotation caused him to crash, and GM initiated a voluntary recall, the charge was ultimately dropped. As such, Stevens proceeded to file a civil lawsuit against GM, claiming it was at fault for the accident.

In GM’s initial filing, it claims that Stevens initially said he was driving with just a few items attached to his key, but the key shown to jurors more recently included a few more items like a gym membership car and an Eiffel Tower Souvenir. On top of that, GM is also claiming that the key itself did not, in fact, belong to the vehicle that was involved in the accident – claiming that Steven’s has “fabricated evidence” and that the alleged misstatements have “hamstrung the search for the truth.”

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Electric Saturn Sky - new video

Electric Saturn Sky - new video

If you can’t get you hands on a Tesla Roadster, there may be a new option — an electric Saturn Sky. Advanced Mechanical Products (AMP) out of Ohio has plans to convert 300 Skys. AMP says the cars can travel roughly 150 miles on a single charge, go 0 to 60 in under six seconds, and can reach a top speed of 90 MPH. The cost of the conversion and vehicle comes to around $50,000.

Did you know the Tesla Roadster and this electric Sky are very distant cousins? The Tesla was based on the Lotus Elise, which was also the basis for the Opel Speedster/Vauxhall VX220. A front-engined concept was developed for the VX220, and that became the basis for the Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky.

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2009 Saturn Sky

2009 Saturn Sky

Saturn revealed the 2009 Sky and Sky Red. For 2009, Saturn adds three new colors, a new wheel and enhanced OnStar technology with Bluetooth hands-free telephone connectivity. Two new promotional packages also are added.

The 2009 Sky is powered by a 2.4L DOHC Ecotec engine with variable valve timing, producing 173 hp and 167 lb.-ft. of torque. It also features electronic throttle control (ETC) for remarkably precise engine control and response.

The Red Line performance model is powered by an Ecotec turbocharged 2.0L engine, the most powerful production engine in the Ecotec family. It produces 260 hp at 5,300 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. of torque from 2,500 to 5,250 rpm, making it GM’s highest specific output engine ever at 2.1 horsepower per cubic inch of displacement (130 hp / per liter).

For 2009, Sky gets new, 18-inch by 8-inch five-spoke painted aluminum alloy wheels (polished or carryover wheels with chrome finish are available). Sky Red Line gets a polished aluminum alloy wheel with an optional chrome wheel (interim ’09 model year). Also for 2009, Evening Blue, Ruby Red and a promotional color in limited availability, Hydro Blue, replace Midnight Blue, Bluestone and Carbon Flash as exterior color choices.

Two new promotional packages, the Ruby Red Limited Edition and the Hydro Blue Limited Edition, include a new 18-inch split-spoke aluminum alloy wheel.

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Solstice Sales Slow While Sky Sales Soar

Solstice Sales Slow While Sky Sales Soar

They are two versions of the same car. One is losing ground in the market while the other is gaining. Why?
That is the situation with the Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky, and the answer may be nothing more complicated than the public image of the brands.
Solstice sales are down 19% in the first half of this year. On the other hand, dealers are scrambling to get the Sky, GM has only a month’s supply in stock, and customers are having to wait to get one.
Not to be misleading, the (...)

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2007 Excellence in Automotive Design Award

2007 Excellence in Automotive Design Award

Automotive Design & Production magazine selected the 2007 Saturn Sky (exterior) and 2007 GMC Yukon (interior) as the winners of the 2007 Excellence in Automotive Design Awards. The winners were chosen from a new cars and light trucks available for retail delivery between January 1 and December 31, 2006.
"The ability to faithfully bring an idea to production is as important as the idea itself," says editor-in-chief Gary Vasilash, "which is why the Excellence in Automotive (...)

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Hottest Cars of 2007

Hottest Cars of 2007

What’s hot on the road this year?
According the Playboy’s "2007 Cars of the Year," street-legal speedsters, a hyper-quick hybrid, and a blast from the past that drives circles around the competition. The cars selected by Playboy were carefully chosen by an expert team of automotive writers who traveled the globe to test drive every new model they could get their hands on. They covered thousands of miles of the windiest, steepest, most challenging roads to sort the best from (...)

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Solstice and Sky to be upgraded

Solstice and Sky to be upgraded

It seems that for Genereal Motors a perfect car is never perfect. After launching the company has engaged the two models in a program of continuous improvement which has already seen a reinforcing brace added between the transmission and differential, a more suitable third gear ratio and more effective sealing of the roof against wind noise.
Now the company has gone further, installing a power door lock button in the cockpit and a power seat height adjuster. "What early customer feedback (...)

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2007 Gravana Tuning Turbo Saturn Sky

2007 Gravana Tuning Turbo Saturn Sky

Working in conjunction with GM Design, Gravana Tuning – a highly regarded supplier of aftermarket accessories – has pushed the Saturn Sky to the stratosphere with a highly customized concept. The Gravana Tuning Turbo Saturn Sky delivers even more of what roadster buyers want: all-around performance and “stop-dead-in-your-tracks” design.

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2007 Saturn Sky

2007 Saturn Sky

With dynamic design and quick, agile performance, the Sky roadster delivers a bold message about the next generation of vehicles from Saturn. The Sky is the first Saturn to feature the brand’s new design language, which will carry forward to future products.

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Saturn Sky by Gravana

Saturn Sky by Gravana

Earlier this year, General Motors awarded Gravana a Saturn Sky roadster to increase enthusiasm for the Saturn in the aftermarket community. Gravana has quickly become a leader in the industry in New Aftermarket Product Development and product selection for several new GM brands. In particular, Gravana’s recent success with a new line of products for the Ion and Ion Red Line has generated a solid following for the company among Saturn fans.
Gravana’s product line-up for the refined Saturn Sky (...)

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Best cars for singles

Best cars for singles

Forbes Auto made a little research and they came up with a nice list of cars for single peoples.
If you’re single, you can fantasize about cars, feel passionate about the fast ones—and actually act on your impulses, consulting only your bank account. 0Best cars for singles0 Honda Civic - Base price 14560$ Audi RS4 Sedan - Base price: $66,000 Honda CR-V SUV - Base price: $20,395 Volvo C70 Convertible - Base price: $39,090 Lotus Elise Convertible - Base price: $43,000 (...)

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2006 GM just had roadster triplets: Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky, Opel GT

2006 GM just had roadster triplets: Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky, Opel GT

The already notorious Pontiac Solstice is about to be cloned with a more elegant skin as the Saturn Sky for the US and Opel GT for the European market. The new comers will use the same “Kappa” production platform as the Pontiac, but will be distinctive in terms of design.

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2007 Saturn Sky Red Line - 260 hp roadster to start at $27895

2007 Saturn Sky Red Line - 260 hp roadster to start at $27895

Today, Saturn announced that the 2007 Sky Red Line will be available this fall at a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $27,895 (including destination charges). Retailers are now taking orders for the turbocharged variant of the Sky roadster, which is one of the hottest selling cars in the auto market.
The Sky Red Line features the 2.0L Ecotec Turbo engine, equipped with direct injection technology. It produces 260 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, making it General (...)

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2007 Saturn Sky Red Line

2007 Saturn Sky Red Line

Saturn continues its product revitalization with the 2007 Sky Red Line performance roadster, which is debuting at the 2006 New York International Auto Show. The Red Line, available at Saturn retailers this fall, builds on the Sky’s established performance character, offering even more power and sportier driving dynamics combined with a bold design and driver-focused interior.

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2007 Saturn Sky Roadster

2007 Saturn Sky Roadster

With a 177-horsepower engine, piano-black interior finishes and a wide-open, ever-changing view. Own a one-of-a-kind SKY roadster custom accessorized by Richard Tyler, one of fashion’s most celebrated designers.

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