The L-Series was a model range introduced under the Saturn brand of General Motors. The first of the L-series cars was manufactured in 1999 and launched in 2000. The series consisted of mid-size sedans and station wagons. It was based on the Opel Vectra B and came equipped with a straight-4 or V6 engine and 5-speed M/T or 4-speed A/T. The L-Series introduced several models, including the Saturn L300.
2001: The L300 name was launched
In 2001, the L-Series models got new designations. The LS became the L100, while the LS1 became known as the L200 and the LS2 as the L300. The LW1 was named the LW200 and the LW2 the LW300. These models came equipped with a larger fuel tank and were designed with shoulder belts for the center rear seat, along with other updates.
2004: Changes to the Saturn L300
In 2004, several changes were made on the L-Series models. Anti-lock brakes and traction control became a standard once again, while automatic air-conditioning was dropped along with manual transmission. L-Series models were designed with a 4-speed A/T. During this time, the sedan and wagon models were branded as the L300. The L200/LW200 became known as the L300.1, which came equipped with 2.2L Ecotec. The L300.2 was powered by a 3.0L V6, while the L300.3 was designed with chrome alloy wheels and a standard power driver's seat.
For 2004, the upsides to the L-Series included its competitive pricing in the segment, more powerful V6, availability of a wagon, and customer-oriented dealers. The increase in power output was among the remarkable changes. Standard equipment for the L300 models included the following: a tilt steering wheel, head curtain airbags, heated mirrors, ABS, and a six-speaker CD stereo. The auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass became an option. A loaded sedan or wagon also had the option for upgrading to a DVD entertainment system or OnStar telematics. This came at no extra charge.
2005: Updates on the Saturn L300
Wagons were later dropped in the 2005 lineup. The remaining model this year was the L300.2 sedan. All the other options were also discontinued to keep production elements simple. At this time, the only available option was the power moonroof. For 2005, the L-Series was recognized for some of the advantages it offered to car owners. It was sold at a competitive price, and it also helped to have dealers that were easy to deal with. The standard V6 was a plus, along with standard side and head curtain airbags. Unfortunately, the Saturn L300 wasn't able to live on to another year. It ceased production in 2004 and had its final model year in 2005. This was prompted by poor sales. The series' replacement was the Saturn Aura, which rolled off the assembly line in 2006 for the 2007 model year.