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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 atdealerships early this year are three brand-new models in threedifferent 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 lineupconsists of two models: a basic four-door workhorse and a four-doorcoupe with two rear-hinged side doors for easy access to the backseats. Both are powered by General Motors' Ecotec 2.2-liter,four-cylinder inline engine, with 140 horsepower, and mated to asmooth five-speed manual transmission. Longer, wider and tallerthan the S-Series Saturns they replace, the IONs provide almost 15cubic feet of trunk space, the most cargo room of any in theircategory.

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