Saturn LS Series
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Saturn
Model: LS Series
Saturn LS Series

There seems to be some confusion about the LS and L-Series Saturn cars. The L-Series cars were at first known as the LS for sedan and the LW for the wagon. However, this was a major issue for both Toyota and Ford, who both sold LS-series cars. There was the Lexus LS and the Lincoln LS already on the market. The Saturns were thus renamed the L-Series. There seems to be some further discussion and debate surrounding an idea that the name changes were a result of customer complaints over Saturn's SL and LS series cars, which were both on sale at the same time. This was clearly a case of poor name recognition and poor marketing. In the end though, about 406,300 L-series cars were manufactured in this period, which really is not too bad. This is a much higher production number than many models will ever see. In the end though, the assembly plant was retooled to build the Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky roadsters. As it turned out, the L-Series came at an important time for customers wondering when Saturn would expand its compact loaded lineup. It seems they were not pleased with what was offered in the expansion anyhow with the LS Series. To cut to the chase, poor sales of the LS Series caused GM to cancel the line for 2005. The LS Series was a line of mid-size sedans and station wagons that were introduced in 2000. They were built upon the Opel Vectra B platform and produced at a GM plant in Wilmington, Delaware. The L-Series was offered with I4 and V6 engines with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. The successor of the L-Series, the Saturn Aura, arrived in August 2006 for the 2007 model year. The Aura is built on the Epsilon platform, which is also shared by the Pontiac G6 and the Opel Vectra C. Whether or not the Aura will prove to be more successful has yet to be seen.

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