Just Who Pulled the Plug on Saturn?

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Andrew S. Ross from the San Fransisco Chronicle: For East Bay Saturn dealer Inder Dosanjh, it finally is the end. As the franchise representative for dealers in 15 Western states, he pushed as hard as anyone to keep Saturn alive. But GM's out-of-the-blue shutdown announcement Wednesday ended all hope. "I was very surprised. I was shocked," said Dosanjh, who always believed the brand would survive even as its parent shriveled. I'm told it was Nissan's board of directors, which refused to sanction a deal to supply Saturn's would-be savior, Roger Penske, with a line of new Saturns once Penske's company, Penske Automotive Group, took the reins from GM. Penske officials, explaining why they abruptly pulled the plug with GM, said a deal to make Saturn cars with another manufacturer, which it did not name, had been turned down by the manufacturer's board of directors.

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