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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Brad Paisley Mentions Saturn in a Song on His "Time Well Wasted" Album

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This may be old news for country music fans, but it's new news to me: Brad Paisley included a reference to an unnamed Saturn in the song "She's Everything" on his 2005 album entitled "Time Well Wasted." How cool is that? It's not often any car, especially Saturn, is mentioned in a song whether it be from the pop, rock, hip-hop, or country music genre. Read the song lyrics to see his specific reference to Saturn, and then click here to watch the song's music video.