The Saturn L200 was a part of General Motors’ Saturn L-Series, a line-up of midsize sedans and wagons that was manufactured at the GM plant in Delaware in 2000 and was based on the European-market Opel Vectra B. The L-Series, including the L200, lasted only until 2005 due to its poor sales. However, in spite of is short-lived history, the Saturn L200 was able to make the most out of its quick run.
The Saturn L200 first came out with a different name when General Motors introduced the Saturn L-Series in the year 2000. The first L-Series cars were offered in three trim levels (LS, LS1, and LS2) and equipped with straight 4-cylinder and V6 engines with 4-speed automatic and 5-speed manual transmissions. The first L-Series cars featured air conditioning, an AM/FM stereo and manual windows and locks. For all models, an anti-lock brake with traction control was an option.
2001: Name change
The L-Series sedans and wagons returned in 2001 with new model designations. This was the year the name L200 was used. The LS became L100, the LS1 became L200, and the LS2 became L300. Aside from a larger fuel tank, the L-Series cars also received a couple of safety upgrades for this model year. All models received shoulder belts for the center rear seat and head curtain side airbags. The sedans, on the other hand, received a three-point seatbelt in the rear center seat and an emergency trunk release handle. Consumers were also offered new color choices for this model year. The new colors to choose from were straight shade black, cream white, bright silver, and silver blue. The colors silver, bright white, silver plum, and blackberry were dropped.
2002: Playing safe
The Anti-lock brakes with traction control and curtain side airbags became standard safety features on all trim levels for this model year. Other new options included were chrome alloy wheels, 6-disc in-dash CD changer, a rear-seat DVD video entertainment system, and an automatic climate system.
2003: Fresh new look
In 2003, all Sedans got a new front and rear look. The wagons, on the other hand, got a new look on the front and new taillights as well. The Saturn L200 got optional 16s alloy wheels while it was made standard for the L300 models. All trim levels received larger headlights, new cloth upholstery, silver dash trims, alloy wheel design, and chrome grille. The antilock brakes became optional again for this model year while the L100 sedan was cancelled.
2004: Becoming L300
The “L200” name was discontinued and the entire L-Series, both sedan and wagon models, were renamed L300 for this model year. Automatic air conditioning and manual transmission were dropped while antilock brakes and traction control became standard again.
2005: The finale
The year 2005 marks the end of the L-Series wagon models. The wagon models were dropped, leaving only sedans for the L-Series' final season where only one model was left, the L300.2 sedan. To reduce production complexity, the only option added for this model year was a power moonroof.