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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Flashback Friday: 1993 "Multiply" Newspaper Ad

Flashback Friday: 1993 "Multiply" Newspaper Ad

This folksy Saturn newspaper advertisement was one of many used to promote Saturn's newly expanded 1993 model year lineup of S-Series vehicles. The ad featured many of Saturn's classic advertising elements from that time period, including a catchy headline, a prominent photo, and a few clever sentences written to make the reader feel right at home with Saturn. "Left to their own devices, they've been known to multiply," read the main heading of the text.