Saturn Relay

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Saturn Relay
Saturn Relay.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer General Motors
Production 2004 – November 17, 2006
Model years 2005–2007
Assembly Doraville, Georgia, U.S.
Body and chassis
Class Minivan
Body style 4-door minivan
Layout Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
Platform U-body/GMT201
Related Chevrolet Venture
Chevrolet Uplander
Buick GL8
Buick GL8 First Land
Buick Terraza
Oldsmobile Silhouette
Opel Sintra/Vauxhall Sintra
Pontiac Trans Sport
Pontiac Trans Sport Montana
Pontiac Montana
Pontiac Montana SV6
Buick Rendezvous
Pontiac Aztek
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase 121.1 in (3,076 mm)
Length 204.9 in (5,204 mm)
Width 72.0 in (1,829 mm)
Height 2005: 72.0 in (1,829 mm)
2006–07: 68.6 in (1,742 mm)
Curb weight 4,426 lb (2,008 kg)
Chronology
Predecessor Oldsmobile Silhouette
Successor Saturn Outlook

The Saturn Relay is a minivan that was made by General Motors. It was introduced for the 2005 model year, and was built alongside its sisters, the Buick Terraza, the Chevrolet Uplander, and the Pontiac Montana SV6 in Doraville, Georgia. The Relay was the first Saturn vehicle without polymer side paneling, the first Saturn that is a rebadged Chevrolet or Pontiac, and it was the first (and only) minivan produced by Saturn.

The Relay was introduced with a 3.5 L LX9 V6 that generates 200 hp (149 kW) and 220 lb⋅ft (300 N⋅m) torque, going from 0-60 mph in the 9-second range. For 2006, a 3.9 L LZ9 V6, with 240 hp (179 kW) and 240 lb·ft (332 Nm) torque, was added as an option, which delivered faster acceleration and better response than the 3.5L engine. For 2007, the 3.5 L V6 was dropped, leaving the 3.9 L as the base engine. Consequently, the optional AWD system was also dropped, since it could not handle the torque of the 3.9 L engine. Also in 2007, the Relay received an optional flex-fuel engine but only for fleet applications.[1] The Relay scored three "Good"s (the highest possible score) and two "acceptable"s (the second highest possible score) in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests. In terms of gas mileage, the Relay is rated at 19 miles per US gallon (12 L/100 km; 23 mpg‑imp) city, 25 miles per US gallon (9.4 L/100 km; 30 mpg‑imp) highway.

The Relay started at US$22,850. There were two available trim levels, 2, 3. The Relay 3 was available in front-wheel drive and in all-wheel drive. All Relays seat seven via folding/removable 2nd row captains chairs and a 50/50 third-row bench. The third-row bench folds flat, but did not fold entirely into the floor. OnStar assistance and a DVD rear entertainment system came standard on all Relays. A navigation system was optional on Relay 3s. Side airbags were standard on the Relay. The Relay was discontinued after the 2007 model year and was replaced by the 2007 Saturn Outlook.

Changes[edit]

2006[edit]

2006 models added the GM logos on the front doors.

2007[edit]

The final model year of the Relay. The Saturn logos had been dropped from the front doors, and the all-wheel drive option was no longer available. The Relay was discontinued after the 2007 model year. The Doraville Assembly plant closed in September 2008. The last 2007 Relay rolled off the line on November 17, 2006. The Relay was replaced by the 8-passenger, Lambda-based Saturn Outlook crossover SUV.

Sales[edit]

Calendar year US Sales
2004 1,563[2]
2005 15,758
2006 7,171
2007 1,474
2008 163

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Saturn Relay at Wikimedia Commons