Saturn and Saab Retailers Face Uncertain Fates

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In a story about the dubious future of the Saturn brand, Chrissie Thompson from Automotive News talked to George Nahas, owner of two Saturn stores in Alabama and Florida. She wrote about how Mr. Nahas "owned only an Oldsmobile dealership when General Motors announced in 2000 that it would kill the brand. So he moved on - to Saturn." Now Nahas "again faces the possibility that the struggling automaker will take away his livelihood. 'I feel violated,' Nahas said. 'Just a couple of weeks ago they were telling us how viable Saturn was to General Motors. They were asking all of us to help them get the $25 billion aid package.' Nahas said he doesn't know what to think because the Saturn plan lacked specifics."

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Saturn of Tallahassee Files Lawsuit Against GM

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Bob Sura (NBA Photo)

On Friday, May 15th, Saturn of Tallahassee, co-owned by former Detroit Piston player Bob Sura, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Florida against General Motors. According to the lawsuit, GM's decision to sell Saturn has both robbed the dealership of sales and violated their franchise agreement. Sales at Saturn of Tallahassee have dropped drastically over the past months. Their first quarter sales plunged 72 percent from just a year ago.