Renault to Help Mercedes with New Smart Vehicle, Plans Return To U.S.

Richard Read from the Car Connection: No one can deny that French automaker Renault is on the move these days. In addition to its work with Nissan on electric vehicles, the company is in talks with Mercedes-Benz to develop a new model for Mercedes' Smart brand. And here in the U.S., the company is chatting with Roger Penske about selling Renault-badged vehicles on American lots alongside Saturn automobiles - vehicles that Renault's Samsung subsidiary may begin producing after General Motors pulls the plug in 2011. Not only is Penske interested in having Renault's Korean arm, Samsung, manufacture Saturns in the future (after they stop rolling off the GM line in 2011), but his dealerships may also sell Renault-badged vehicles alongside them. These discussions are very, very preliminary, but we wouldn't be surprised if they firmed up in the near future.

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DVR Alert: Saturn Work with Hands on Homes to be Featured in "Renovation Nation" Segment Friday

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Catch the Saturn Hands on Homes team in action helping families build affordable, energy-efficient homes on a new episode of "Renovation Nation" this Friday, August 21st at 9pm EST. With the help of various charitable organizations, Saturn Hands on Homes is helping to rebuild some of the neglected neighborhoods of Detroit's East Side. The program coordinates funding and volunteer efforts with Saturn retailers, Habitat for Humanity, and Jon Bon Jovi's Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation, to construct homes using green practices and materials.