Retailers Have Plenty of Resolve

Saturn of Decatur

Tom Walsh from the Detroit Free Press: At Saturn of Warren, general sales manager Kevin Bilski said people were stunned in December when GM said it would sell or discard Saturn. "It was like being told your parents don't love you anymore," he said. But folks perked up a few months later when Roger Penske expressed interest in Saturn. Penske hasn't closed the purchase deal with GM yet or gone public with his plan for the brand's future, "but just that name Penske brings a lot of positive press," Bilski said. "GM never knew what to do with Saturn. We were the redheaded stepchild," said Carl Galeana, 57, vice president of the Galeana Auto Group that his father, Frank, founded in 1974. Frank, 80, is still president and remains active at the Florida stores. Rusty McBain, general manager of Saturn of Warren, said, "Our whole history has been adapting to changes. I don't think Saturn ever had a game plan more than two years out."

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