The LW1 was a station wagon under Saturn’s L-Series of vehicles. The L-Series was a line comprised of 4-door sedans and 5-door station wagons that were manufactured from 2000 to 2005. Here’s a quick glimpse into the short run of the Saturn LW1 in the market.
2000: The birth of the L-Series
In 2000, Saturn introduced the L-Series, which was made up of several mid-size sedans and station wagons, based on the Opel Vectra B. These vehicles were powered by either a straight-4 or V6 engine and they were offered with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. L-series vehicles were built based on the GM2900 platform and they had a transverse front engine and front-wheel drive layout. The entire line was manufactured and assembled in General Motors’ plant in Wilmington, Delaware.
2000: Introducing the L-Series
Upon initial release, the L-Series was comprised of 5 model vehicles—the LS, LS1, LW1, LS2, and LW2. All five models were made available with optional anti-lock brakes with traction control. And when it came to the engine, the LW1, together with the LS and LS1, were powered by a 2.2 L L61 4-cylinder engine. On the other hand, the LS2 and LW2 were equipped with a 3.0 L L81 V6 engine. The base model LS did not come with a station wagon counterpart and it had manual windows, manual door locks, and a basic AM/FM stereo. The Saturn LW1 was the station wagon counterpart of the LS1 sedan. Both models were furnished with power windows, power mirrors, and power door locks. They also featured keyless entry and heated mirrors. The LS1 sedan and LW1 station wagon, on the other hand, were packed with additional features and components such as fog lights.
2001: The LW200
The following year, all L-Series vehicles received new model designations. And because of this, the Saturn LW1 became the LW200. On the other hand, the LS became the L100, the LS1 the L200, the LS2 the L300, and the LW2 the LW300. Aside from having their names changed, all L-Series cars also received upgraded engines, shoulder belts, and head curtain side airbags.
2002: New standards
In 2002, all L-Series vehicles were furnished with anti-lock brakes with traction control. And at the same time, some features became optional such as the 6-spoke alloy wheel, automatic air-conditioning, and DVD player.
2003: A new look
2003 was all about upgrading the cars’ looks. For instance, the dash trim was changed from silver to wood. The seats inside the car were also reupholstered using a new material.
2004: Downsizing the L-Series
In 2004, all L-Series models were dropped save for the L300. And from that year on, only L300 sedans and station wagons were sold in the market. And just like the previous years, this new model vehicle was packed with several features inside and out. In 2005, General Motors completely dropped the entire line due to its poor sales performance in the market.