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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Astra Has Starring Role in Movie 'Vantage Point'

Saturn fans, particularly those of the all-new Astra, may want to take trip to your local theater to see this week's top box office movie: Vantage Point. The Astra, which is sold under different GM brand names around the world, was reportedly featured in "long action car chase scenes," according to one Saturn fan who sent me a short synopsis after seeing the movie this past weekend.