1996 Saturn SW1 Review
Better to look at, easier to love.
When the first Saturn cars made their debut in 1990, the automotive press wished the fledgling carmaker well but dismissed the cars as noisy, buzzy and crude.
In the years since, Saturn has grown steadily. It built its one-millionth car in the middle of last year, and has regularly announced sales records and growth increases.
The company also has attained the highest loyalty rate in the business--that's the number of Saturn owners who come back and buy another Saturn. It has achieved extraordinary levels of customer satisfaction, routinely ranking at the top of the list with luxury marques such as Lexus and Infiniti.
Did Saturn accomplish all this by revamping its cars into superb examples of automotive achievement? Not really.
The lesson of Saturn is that you don't need great cars to be successful. If you build a reliable car that provides all the basics, is priced well, and is pleasant to buy and own, you're set.
For 1996 Saturn has revised its sedan and wagon for the first time since their introduction. (The coupe model won't be revised until the 1997 model year.) The sedan and wagon are now quieter and a little more stylish, with a more attractive interior and some additional safety features. Saturn owners have always loved their cars. Now they have nicer cars to love.
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