More stories related to 2005 NAIAS General Motors Corp. releases the first visual rendering of its upcoming Saturn roadster, and announces the 2-seat sportscar will be called the Sky.

The rear-wheel drive small car will debut in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show in January. It will arrive at Saturn retailers in early 2006. (See related story: H3 Due in ’05; Curve Due By ’07)

Sketch of the Saturn Sky.

“The new design of Saturn vehicles are heavily influenced by global design trends and conveys a sense of technical harmony,” says Ed Welburn, vice president-GM Design. “Taut, controlled lines combine with fluid surfaces to create a dynamic feel.”

The Sky will be built at GM’s Wilmington, DE, assembly plant, which will begin building the 2-seat Pontiac Solstice roadster early next year. Both vehicles are based on GM’s Kappa architecture.

The Sky borrows its name from the 2-seat Saturn roadster concept that was shown at auto shows in 2002. But the design more closely resembles the Saturn Curve concept, which debuted at the 2004 Detroit auto show.

bcorbett@primediabusiness.com