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Saturn LogoJust heard via the NY Times that Robert Penske has been unable to find a new supplier for Saturn, and therefore broke of negotiations with GM.

Translation?  The Saturn experiment, the attempt to do something ‘different’ with American automobiles, is probably over.  GM will not continue production after 2009, and the doors will shut on Saturn dealerships in short order.

Damnit.

Now I’m starting to hear mutterings that GM might have helped scuttle the deal over concerns that a revived Saturn brand would have been a threat.  Ya think?

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Vrroom?

BurgButterflyMy family has driven Saturns since 1992; my current Ion is called Rocket, because he’s my fifth one [Saturn #2, Emraux, died in a side-impact crash that I walked away from, the rest have all been traded in for upgrades]. Have I been happy with GM in the last few years? No. Have I liked the GM dealers who have just added Saturns to their flocks of regular GM cars, as opposed to the original Saturn pioneers? Not so much [some are probably fine, but the ones I’ve dealt with most recently seem to have to work to shift gears from the GM way of doing business to the customer focus/no games Saturn style….].

“Penske” to me means a company that runs rental fleets. I don’t know what they’ll be like as owners or holders of a car company. I haven’t seen a Renault car on a US road in ages [and didn’t they used to have “The One to Watch” as their ad slogan?]….and wouldn’t it be fun to see what some of the abandoned Saturn concept vehicles might be like? Oh, hey — what about the EV1? In five years we could have a new indy movie called ‘Who Resurrected the Electric Car?’, instead of ‘Who Killed” it….

Oh, all right: Rachne, Emraux, Saffir, Morgon, and Rocket.  Yes, I’m one of those Saturn drivers….

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