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A compact car produced by Saturn from 2003-2007.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Saturn Ion page on 14 September 2019, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

2003–2004

The Saturn Ion was a compact car sold by Saturn between the 2003 and 2007 model years. It used the GM Delta platform. The Ion replaced the Saturn S-Series in 2002, and was replaced by the new Saturn Astra in 2008. Production of the Ion ended on March 29, 2007.

The 2003 Saturn Ion quad coupe production car first appeared at the 2002 New York International Auto Show. The 2003 Ion came standard with a 2.2 L 140 hp (104 kW) DOHC Ecotec I4 engine. The Ion's instrument panel was mounted on the top center of the dashboard, rather than behind the steering wheel. The Ion is also available in sedan level 1, 2, or 3; level three signified a more user friendly setup with power windows and power locks, while lower levels included crank windows and plastic wheel covers. Other extras included fog lights, sunroof, and spoiler. The Saturn Ion Quad Coupe has half-sized rear clamshell doors while the sedan has conventionally hinged doors.

A Getrag F23 5-speed manual or an Aisin AF23 5-speed automatic transmission were available. The compact 5-speed automatic had several unique characteristics. The transmission lacked an overdrive, allowing for five forward gears to be packaged in the size of a typical four-speed manual gearbox, both providing close gear ratios for better acceleration and fuel efficiency while eliminating the heat and parasitic loss generated by the additional planetary gearset. The unit was also “fill-for-life”, meaning that it was not intended to be serviced for the life of the vehicle. The 2003 and 2004 Ion Coupes were available with the VTi continuously variable transmission or a Getrag F23 5-speed manual.

For 2004, Saturn also re-calibrated the electric power steering, as well as upgraded interior materials, and offered new sound systems.

2005–2006

In 2005, the Aisin 5-speed automatic transmission was discontinued. The VTi CVT used in the quad-coupes between 2002 and 2004 was also discontinued. GM's 4-speed 4T45-E replaced both transmissions, becoming the only available automatic transmission option. The 2005 Ion sedan models also received a new steering wheel, the same one used in the 2004 Ion coupe models. In the middle of the 2005 model year, the seats in the base Ion1 model received upgraded fabrics and a height adjustment feature. "Quiet Steel" multilaminate sound-reduction technology was also introduced in 2005. Cosmetic changes included an upgraded fascia with a larger grille opening (2005-2007 Ion sedan models) and redesigned wheel covers and redesigned alloy wheel offerings. Under the hood, an acoustic engine cover was added to the engine bay to reduce noise emissions.

The Level 2 and Level 3 models were offered with GM's new standard radio, featuring MP3 playback.

2006 saw the 170 hp (127 kW), 162 lb⋅ft (220 N⋅m) torque, 2.4 L I4 engine with variable valve timing become available for the Ion3. Along with that, the Ion was discontinued after the 2007 model year.

2007

The 2.2-liter Ecotec engine in the 2007 Saturn Ion was improved over the previous year's model: power output increased from 140 hp (104 kW) to 145 hp (108 kW) at 5600 rpm, and torque output increased from 145 lb⋅ft (197 N⋅m) to 150 lb⋅ft (203 N⋅m) at 4200 rpm. The new engine was fitted with the ECU from the 2.4-liter engine.

The 2.4-liter Ecotec received a similar upgrade: power increased from 170 hp (127 kW) to 175 hp (130 kW) at 6500 rpm, and torque increased from 162 lb⋅ft (220 N⋅m) to 164 lb⋅ft (222 N⋅m) at 4800 rpm.

An "Appearance Package" was offered for the 2007 Ion 3 Quad Coupe, including redesigned front and rear bumpers, side moldings, elliptical fog lamps, and a chrome exhaust tip. The Recaro seats in the Red Line version were replaced with black leather-appointed seats, which featured a passenger-sensing system.

The Ion was discontinued after the 2007 model year, and replaced in Saturn's lineup by the Saturn Astra hatchback, a rebadged Opel Astra H imported from Belgium.

The Ion was the last Saturn built at the Spring Hill, Tennessee plant.


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
22 April 2003Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 214: Side Impact Protection (Indicant)
2003 Saturn Ion 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 9.4MB - 425 pages
13 May 2003Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, Upper Interior Head Impact Protection
2003 Saturn Ion 4-Door Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 7.2MB - 207 pages
4 August 2003Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 301: Fuel System Integrity
2003 Saturn Ion 4-Door Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2.0MB - 38 pages
January 2004On-Site Advanced Occupant Protection System Investigation
Vehicle - 2004 Saturn Ion
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 6,625KB - 30 pages
February 2004Calspan On-Site Advanced Occupant Protection System Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2004 Saturn Ion
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 220KB - 19 pages
31 March 2004Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 208: Occupant Crash Protection
2004 Saturn Ion
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1.5MB - 150 pages

PDF
- 8.7MB - 158 pages
28 June 2004Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 111: Rearview Mirrors (Other Than School Buses)
2004 Saturn Ion 4 Door Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 3.0MB - 67 pages
7 September 2004Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 225: "Child Restraint Anchorage Systems"
2004 Saturn Ion
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 11.3MB - 68 pages
November 2004Calspan On-Site Child Safety Seat Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2003 Saturn Ion
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 263KB - 22 pages
classified date 2005Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2003 Saturn ION, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 8.9MB - 130 pages
classified date 2006Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2004 Saturn Ion, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 8.2MB - 98 pages
6 September 2006Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Rigid Pole Side Impact Test
2006 Saturn Ion 4-Dr Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 7.2MB - 140 pages
2 May 2007Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, Upper Interior Head Impact Protection
2006 Saturn Ion 2, 4-Door Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 8.0MB - 173 pages
March 2008Remote Not In Traffic Surveillance Hyperthermia Investigation
2005 Saturn Ion
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2,737KB - 21 pages
April 2009Calspan On-Site Child Restraint System Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2007 Saturn Ion
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,218KB - 30 pages
September 2009Calspan On-Site Child Restraint System Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2007 Saturn Ion
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,251KB - 34 pages
2012Representative Letter
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 21KB - 2 pages
19 September 2012NHTSA Recall 12V459000
2007-2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2007 Chevrolet Equinox, 2007-2009 Pontiac G5, 2007 Pontiac Torrent, 2007 Saturn Ion
Fuel System, Gasoline:Delivery:Fuel Pump
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
18 September 2012To: Nancy Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
From: Carmen Benavides, General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 113KB - 3 pages
28 September 2012Fuel Pump Module May Crack
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: Carmen Benavides, General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 97KB - 2 pages
November 2012Recall Bulletin
Fuel Odor or Spotting on Ground – Inspect Fuel Pump Module
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 223KB - 9 pages
12 November 201212190 – Safety Recall - Fuel Odor or Spotting on Ground - Inspect Fuel Pump Module
GM Customer Care and Aftersales
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 70KB - 1 page
13 December 2012Response to - Fuel pump recall 12V-459: loose ends
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 999KB - 2 pages
23 January 2013Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 123KB - 3 pages
February 2013Recall Bulletin
Special Coverage Adjustment – Fuel Odor or Spotting on Ground – Replace Fuel Pump Module
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 204KB - 6 pages
March 2013Representative Letter
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 131KB - 2 pages
March 2013Representative Letter
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 130KB - 2 pages
25 April 2013Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 54KB - 3 pages
June 2013Recall Bulletin
Fuel Odor or Spotting on Ground – Inspect Fuel Pump Module
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 233KB - 8 pages
June 2013Recall Bulletin
Fuel Odor or Spotting on Ground – Inspect Fuel Pump Module
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 232KB - 8 pages
June 2013Representative Letter
Parts Available Letter for Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent customers
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 157KB - 2 pages
June 2013Representative Letter
Parts Available Letter for Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent customers
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 156KB - 2 pages
23 July 2013Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 76KB - 4 pages
22 October 2013Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 153KB - 4 pages
24 January 2014Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 75KB - 4 pages
25 April 2014Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 161KB - 4 pages
25 July 2014Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 85KB - 4 pages
December 2014Representative Letter
IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 179KB - 3 pages
10 December 2014Recall Quarterly Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 28KB - 1 page
4 February 2015Recall Quarterly Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 28KB - 1 page
July 2015Recall Bulletin
Fuel Odor or Spotting on Ground – Inspect Fuel Pump Module
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 284KB - 9 pages
8 July 201512190B – Safety Recall
Fuel Odor or Spotting on Ground – Inspect Fuel Pump Module
Revised Part Information, Service Procedure, and Warranty, Transaction Information Sections
GM Customer Care and Aftersales
NHTSA Recall 12V459000

PDF
- 70KB - 1 page


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
23 April 2003General Motors Shows Off New 'Ion' Compact Car John Birchard, VOA News
13 August 2003DRIVING TO THE EXTREME. X GAMES ATHELETES DEMONSTRATE THEIR DRIVING SKILLS ON AN EXTREME SAFETY COURSE TO KICK-OFF X GAMES IN LASaturn
13 August 2007impressive Saturn Ion, TheAnthony Fontanelle


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