Based on GMs Kappa automobile platform which it shares with the Pontiac Solstice, the Saturn Sky was launched in 2006. The rear-wheel-drive sports car design is obviously designed to compete with the highly successful Mazda Miata. As a contender, The Saturn Sky is certainly an exciting and attractive vehicle but on other levels it may not be so class leading. The drive may not be quite as engaging as the Miata, but there is more power on offer and less feminine styling. Interior and luggage space are minimal but then practicality may not be the first thing on buyer’s minds.
Perhaps its only weakness is an ill-conceived manually operated roof which requires multiple steps to open or close, unlike Mazda’s clever mechanism that allows it to be flipped back with one hand.
The Delaware plant where the Sky was built was closed in 2009 while GM looks for a buyer for the Saturn brand. The Saturn Sky (along with the Kappa platform) seems to have had a short life with only around 34,000 cars sold.