Report: Jill Lajdziak to Retire from GM by End of Year, GM’s Steve Hill to Lead Shutdown of Brand

Jill Lajdziak at 2006 Saturn Brand Advocate Meeting

Jamie Lareau from Automotive News: Jill Lajdziak, who joined Saturn before its first car was sold and led the division through its demise last month, will retire from General Motors at the end of the year. Lajdziak, 52, will take vacation time until then, said spokesman John McDonald. In the interim, GM's Steve Hill, will coordinate the wind-down of the Saturn brand. Hill is GM's general manager of retail sales support. GM decided to close Saturn after retailer Penske Automotive Group was unable to complete a deal to buy the brand. GM has stopped all production on Saturn products. The brand will shutter when "dealers are able to sell their inventory and wind their dealerships down," McDonald said.

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TiVo Alert: See the Saturn Vue Hybrid on "Renovation Nation" Tonight

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From Lisa Gilpin at ImSaturn: Saturn has teamed up with Planet Green's "Renovation Nation." Steve Thomas is the host, and works with a variety of groups and individuals to make their homes more green and cost-efficient. Tonight's episode begins a summer-long journey around the country, where Steve will work with a variety of local Habitat for Humanity groups. You'll see the Saturn VUE hybrid play a key role, and the season will culminate in late August with a special Detroit episode, featuring the Saturn "Hands on Home" project.