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This story appears in the February 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Need a new sedan? Tired of the same old offerings? Arriving at dealerships early this year are three brand-new models in three different price ranges: the $11,995 Saturn ION, the $32,495 Saab 9-3 Vector, and the Mercedes-Benz Maybach for about $300,000.

Saturn's economical and fuel-efficient compact ION lineup consists of two models: a basic four-door workhorse and a four-door coupe with two rear-hinged side doors for easy access to the back seats. Both are powered by General Motors' Ecotec 2.2-liter, four-cylinder inline engine, with 140 horsepower, and mated to a smooth five-speed manual transmission. Longer, wider and taller than the S-Series Saturns they replace, the IONs provide almost 15 cubic feet of trunk space, the most cargo room of any in their category.

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