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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IIHS Awards Saturn Aura Top Rating in Front Offset and Side-Impact Crash Test

IIHS Aura Side-Impact Crash Test

Occupant protection in side impacts of midsize cars is improving as automakers introduce safer designs and add side airbags as standard equipment. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently completed front, side, and rear tests of seven 2008 model midsize cars, both moderately priced and luxury: Chevrolet Malibu, Dodge Avenger, Infiniti G35, Kia Optima, Mitsubishi Galant, Nissan Altima, and Saturn Aura. All earn the highest rating of good for occupant protection in frontal crashes.