2003 Saturn ION CoupeEnlarge Photo
2003 Saturn ION sedanEnlarge Photo
SATURN ENERGIZED BY ION
The new ION compact four-doors will “re-energize the small-car arena,” says Jill Lajdziak, VP of Saturn sales, marketing and service. A four-door ION sedan is joined by a “quad coupe” with a pair of full-sized doors and two smaller rear-access doors. The first of GM’s Delta-platform compacts, the IONs are two inches taller and wider than the outgoing S-Series vehicles, six inches longer, and offer a higher seating position to boot. The Ecotec 2.2-liter four spins out 137 hp and comes mated to either a five-speed manual, five-speed automatic or a CVT. Electronic power steering is standard, while curtain airbags and an in-dash CD changer are available. With changeable roof rails and interior trim, GM hopes the ION will be a springboard for young buyers into mild customization — somewhere less speedy and certainly cuter than a tank of nitrous oxide.
2003 Mitsubishi OutlanderEnlarge Photo
MITSU GETS OUTLANDISH
Needless volume and overzealous dancers at the Mitsubishi press conference took a back seat to the introductions of two sport-utes. To go with the revised ’03 Montero — with a 3.8-liter V-6 and styling mods — Mitsu unveiled the Outlander, an Americanized version of the Japanese-market Airtrek. The Outlander is a five-door SUV cut out for less-than-Dakar duty: either front- or all-wheel-drive gets paired with a 140-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a four-speed Sportronic automatic gearbox. The cockpit has rally-style gauges, dual front airbags, air conditioning, a 100-watt CD audio system, cruise control, and power amenities. Side airbags and a mongo sound system are options. The Outlander will sport a price tag of less than $20,000 when it goes on sale later this summer.
FROM THE SOURCE
Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI) today elected Dennis Archer to its Board of Directors. Mr. Archer, 60, was twice elected mayor of the City of Detroit, serving from 1994 until 2001. He is currently chairman of the Detroit-based law firm Dickinson Wright PLLC. Prior to his tenure as mayor, he served as a member of the Michigan Supreme Court.
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