Failed Saturn Deal Shocks Staffers

Cindy Wojdyla Cain from the Herald News: Saturn will shut down completely by October 2010, said Eddie Larson, general manager of Saturn of Joliet. Larson, 29, has worked for Saturn since he was 21. He has never even had to write a resume other than one for a college class because he has continually been promoted within the company. "Never in our wildest dreams could we image it wouldn't go the way we thought it would," Adomaitis said. "(Saturn) was supposed to be a 100-year car company. That was their slogan." Larson said he was inundated with phone calls once the news broke about Saturn closing. Customers were concerned about their vehicles, but they were just as concerned about the employees. "Our customers know us by our first names," he said. The callers also wondered where they will be able to take their Saturn cars in the future. Saturn vehicles will continue to be serviced and sold through Saturn dealerships as long as they remain open, Larson said. Some dealerships may close before the October 2010 deadline. But others could remain open until the deadline, he added. Once all the dealerships are closed, GM will continue to service Saturn vehicles and honor warranties at its other dealerships, Larson explained.

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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.