General Motors to Wind Down Saturn Brand After Penske Halts Talks

Mike Ramsey and Bill Koenig from Bloomberg: General Motors will close Saturn, the brand created 24 years ago to mirror Japanese companies' carmaking, after Penske Automotive Group broke off discussions to buy the unit. Penske, operator of 310 auto retailers, backed out because of concern it wouldn't have access to cars and sport-utility vehicles after 2011 when GM was due to stop supplying them, Penske said in a statement. Renault SA's board rejected a deal to build cars for Saturn, a person familiar with the talks said. Penske Auto, based in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, had planned to import vehicles carrying the Saturn label from a maker such as Renault Samsung Motors, a South Korean unit of France's Renault that doesn't now export to the U.S. Penske said today an agreement with a manufacturer to supply vehicles was rejected by the potential partner's board. Saturn dealers will have until October 2010 to wind down operations, John McDonald, a GM spokesman, said in an interview.

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Another 2008 Saturn Family Photo

Another 2008 Saturn Family Photo

This image of Saturn's 2008 lineup of vehicles all painted in the same silver hue was actually included on the back of a handout discussing the EPA's new formula for calculating vehicle fuel economy ratings.