Report: Renault, Nissan Discuss Supply Deal With Saturn and Penske

David Pearson from the Wall Street Journal: Renault confirmed last week that it and its Japanese alliance partner Nissan are discussing a commercial deal to sell cars to Saturn, the former General Motors unit that was taken over by Penske Automotive Group (PAG) last month. Renault's chief operating officer Patrick Pelata told an an analysts' meeting that PAG Chief Executive Roger Penske is looking to forge commercial alliances with other car manufacturers. "He is looking for cars to sell. He has looked at all car makers, and he has seen that Renault has a nice line-up, sharing power trains with Nissan that are obviously adapted to the U.S. market."

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No 2009 Astra for U.S. Customers, 2010 Model Due Later this Year with New Options

If you've been on the lookout for a 2009 Saturn Astra, you can stop looking (that is unless you live in Canada, where Saturn is reportedly selling them). Due to the large number of 2008 Astras still in stock - about 5,500 units - Saturn is canceling plans to build a '09 model for the U.S. market.