Retailer Recounts Details of Sudden Saturn Closure

Barbara Wieland from the Lansing State Journal: Sherrill Freeborough is finding there is life after Saturn. Freeborough was one of 340 Saturn dealers left hanging when GM's deal to sell the division to Penske Automotive Group collapsed September 30. GM quickly halted Saturn production - including dropping the Outlook crossover made at its Lansing Delta Township assembly plant - and began shutting down the brand. "It was sickening, disheartening," said the normally upbeat, optimistic Freeborough. "It took some time for the reality of it to sink in." Freeborough said the sudden death of Saturn took dealers, salespeople and even Saturn executives by surprise. "(Saturn General Manager) Jill Lajdziak was working on her press release about Saturn joining Penske when word came through," Freeborough said. "Saturn workers had gotten their Penske business cards earlier that day. It sure crushed a lot of dealers' hearts."

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DVR Alert: Saturn Work with Hands on Homes to be Featured in "Renovation Nation" Segment Friday

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Catch the Saturn Hands on Homes team in action helping families build affordable, energy-efficient homes on a new episode of "Renovation Nation" this Friday, August 21st at 9pm EST. With the help of various charitable organizations, Saturn Hands on Homes is helping to rebuild some of the neglected neighborhoods of Detroit's East Side. The program coordinates funding and volunteer efforts with Saturn retailers, Habitat for Humanity, and Jon Bon Jovi's Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation, to construct homes using green practices and materials.