If Ever There was a Car Company Living the Cinderella Story, It's Saturn

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: After years of having a lineup that included cars so mediocre that Saturn was consigned to forlornly sitting by the automotive industry "fireplace" dreaming of the big dance, while the competition went to the ball and gathered admirers. Not any more. Thanks a completely new, glittery, glamorous lineup - the oldest of which was introduced only two short years ago - Saturn is now the belle of the ball. Car writers laud them, customers love them, and the cash registers are going "ka-ching." To accomplish this tough transformation, General Motors and Saturn did something that was at once, so obvious, and so necessary that one wonders why they didn't think of it before: They raided the corporate pantry, found some awesome new products that GM's German car company, Opel, was selling, and made a few modifications, transforming them into Saturns. And it worked.

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Overall Saturn Sales Down 3.5% in August, While the Vue Skyrockets 46%

Saturn's overall August sales fell 3.5% last month as retailers sold 20,385 vehicles, down from 21,117 in August of '07. Comparatively speaking, thought, the brand more than held its own in a very tough market. GM's overall sales were down 20.3% last month, Ford fell 26.5%, Toyota's were down 9.4%, and even Honda's sales came in 7.3% lower.