Saturn’s Sad Story Nears an End

David Welch from Business Week: The long, sad saga of Saturn is finally over. The once-hot General Motors division that began with a bang 19 years ago is now headed into oblivion after a deal to sell it to retailer Penske Automotive Group fell apart on September 30. The chain of auto dealerships released a statement saying it couldn't find a source to manufacture new car models after 2011, when GM was scheduled to cease production of the existing Saturn models. In an interview in early August, GM CEO Frederick A. "Fritz" Henderson said the decision to sell Saturn was aimed at taking care of longtime dealers. It wasn't about a business strategy for GM. When asked if he was handing a rival carmaker a strong retail chain that could take market share from GM, Henderson replied, "We're not going to make it easy for them."

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News last week that General Motors will offer three different hybrid versions of its upcoming all-new Saturn Vue sport-utility is great news for consumers looking to maximize the distances they can travel between fill-ups. The most intriguing offering is the plug-in variant that will allow owners to recharge the car's battery by plugging it in to a 110-volt outlet when not in use.