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Saturn Leaves GM’s Orbit

Karl Greenberg from MediaPost: What's done is done, but analysts say GM's mercy killing of the brand that it launched in the '80s as an experiment to battle the imports is a history of wasted potential. Peter Kloprogge, CEO and president of New York-based market research firm Pointlogic, says Saturn stood out among Detroit brands because it did not suffer from amorphous-brand syndrome: GM, Ford and Chrysler have had to deal with brands whose raison d'etre was no longer relevant or that had placeholder identities. Saturn was the only brand that consumers didn't lump together conceptually with other GM brands in a new segment study.

Retailers, Owners Shocked Over End of Saturn

Steve Manning from the Associated Press via MSNBC: Charlie Eickmeyer says he was a fan of Saturn vehicles years before he was able to drive. Today he's in shock. So were employees at Day Automotive Group in Pittsburgh when they read the news online that a deal to rescue Saturn had fallen through.

Opinion: The Ride’s Over for Saturn Lovers

From the Ventura County Star: Started in 1985 to compete with small, fuel-efficient Japanese imports, Saturn was meant to operate independently of the parent company — and for a while it did, building an enthusiastic customer base — almost cultlike — that it hosted for an annual reunion and picnic at its Spring Hill, Tennessee, plant. Unfortunately, the brand never made money and the plant quit making Saturns in 2007. But, to hear Saturn buffs tell it, the massive GM bureaucracy intruded more and more in the running of the company, and it was slow to introduce new models in a fast-changing market.

Saturn of Ventura Workers Heartbroken Brand May End

Stephanie Hoops from Ventura County Star: It was the concept that hooked Jeanette Byrne when she began working with Saturn 16 years ago. "I'm building an American-made car for the American middle class," she said, recalling the feeling. "They used to say we drank the Saturn Kool-Aid — and we did. It was for us."

The Sad Demise of Saturn

From the Post and Courier: A grand automotive experiment appears to have died this week when a dealer network led by the Penske Automotive Group announced it would not, after all, buy the Saturn brand from General Motors.

Editorial: Saturn Heads to the Junkyard

From the San Fransisco Chronicle: Quality ride, nice price, made in the USA. For nearly two decades, this description worked for Saturn, which preferred the ad-agency slogan, "a different kind of car company." But now the car is history, orphaned by General Motors, whose executives proudly created it, then undercut it and finally gave up on it.

Why One of Detroit’s Brightest Hopes Failed

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Patrik Jonsson from the Christian Science Monitor: General Motors' Saturn brand – touted as "a different kind of car company" – had high aspirations, borrowing the Japanese manufacturing model of team production, among other things. But the Saturn experiment fell to earth with a final thud Thursday as a "goal-line" deal to keep the brand alive fell apart. Saturn’s latest slogan – "We're still here" – suddenly seemed like a cruel joke as 350 dealerships are likely to close and 13,000 people face potential layoffs.

Flashback Friday: When GM Gave Birth to Saturn

ABC News looked back on its evening news telecast from July 26, 1985 when GM announced construction of the Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Handcuffed Saturn Retailers Consider their Fates

Steve Finlay from Wards AutoWorld: GM says it will shut down Saturn after Penske announced that his plan to buy the brand has failed due to an inability to find a supplier of vehicles beyond GM. Some Saturn dealers have other brands to fall back on. Those that don’t are the hardest hit. One of them is Todd Ingersoll, owner of Saturn of Danbury, a facility that opened last year.

Disappearance of Saturn Brand Disappoints Car Fan

Ashley Yarchin KSDK Channel 5: Kevin Keller, 36, is on his third Saturn in more than a decade. In fact, he still has his first Saturn, although he doesn't drive it anymore. Keller said he fell in love with the brand in 1996 and even joined a sort of fan club called the Saturn Performance Club.

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General Motors to Auction Near-Classics from Corporate Museum

Flashback Friday: 1,000,000th Saturn

Jalopnik.com reports General Motors will auction off a number of vehicles from its vaunted Heritage Center museum collection in an effort to raise cash to help offset the huge losses the company is faced with due to the global financial crisis. There are about 1000 vehicles of historical significance in storage that GM uses for the displays at the museum, but only about 150 to 200 of those vehicles can be featured at one time. On the list of vehicles to be auctioned are several notable Saturns from the past. The website says they will be sold at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction held January 13-19 in Scottsdale, Arizona.