GM, Retailers Begin the End to Saturn

Robert Snell from the Detroit News: Dealers have until the end of October 2010 to close, but many will be gone by January because inventory is low, dealers said. The automaker will begin winding down Saturn dealers, who are being offered between $100,000 and $1 million to stay open and gradually sell inventory. Saturn dealers this year signed wind-down agreements that provide for the orderly closing of their stores instead of seeing their dealerships left in bankruptcy court. GM late last month sent Saturn dealers a letter extending the retailer agreement until November 30 — a precautionary move in case the Penske deal didn't close by Wednesday. The letter left some wondering if the extension left some room to salvage a deal. But GM spokesman John McDonald reiterated plans to shut down Saturn. "The deal is dead," he said.

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I received a couple of emails this weekend that made me very proud: two SaturnFans.com members' photos, spencerb's wedding picture and kpauley's donkey picture, were selected as finalists in Saturn's "Kiss My Astra" photo contest. Congratulations to both of them! The winner will receive a brand new Astra!! You can help choose the winner by casting your vote for your favorite photo at SaturnKissMyAstra.com. "Simply click on the images to see the entries and vote for your favorite," Saturn says on it's website. Voting ends September 28th.