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Breaking News: Saturn Continues to Explore Options, Faces Shutdown in 2011 if No Viable Alternative Found

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General Motors Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner announced during a news conference this evening that Saturn will remain in operation through the end of the planned lifecycle for all Saturn products (2010-11). In the interim, should Saturn retailers as a group or other investors present a plan that would allow a spin off or sale of Saturn Distribution Corporation, GM would be open to any such possibility. If a spin off or sale does not occur, it is GM's intention to phase out the Saturn brand at the end of the current product lifecycle.

February 17th Preview? Lutz Tells Automotive News that Despite Good Cars, Saturn "Probably" Dies

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Jamie LaReau from Automotive News: Bob Lutz says GM's struggling Saturn brand probably won't survive. "My personal favorite would be to see Saturn survive and prosper," GM's vice chairman told Automotive News. "But frankly, the reality is that that is probably not going to be the outcome." He added: "We spent a huge bundle of money in giving Saturn an absolutely no-excuses product lineup, top to bottom. They had a better and fresher lineup than any GM division, and the sales just never materialized. So we have to act on that. It's our duty."

Lutz: General Motors "Made an Enormous Bet on Product in Saturn"

Tom Walsh from the Detroit Free Press: GM's share of U.S. car and truck sales has fallen from 28% to 21% since 2001 and the company still has too many brands (eight) to support in a brutally competitive market. Lutz acknowledged as much in a telephone interview when I asked him about the Saturn brand, which GM has placed under what it calls "strategic review," with killing the brand as an option.

Changes Lutz Implemented at GM Will Endure, Chief Designer Vows

Byron Pope from WardsAuto.com: When Bob Lutz, General Motors vice chairman of global product development retires at year's end, the auto maker will not revert to the ways of the past, its top designer vows.

Bob Lutz to Retire at the End of 2009

Bob Lutz to Retire at the End of 2009

Robert A. Lutz, GM Vice Chairman – Global Product Development, will transition to a new role effective April 1, 2009 as Vice Chairman and Senior Advisor. Lutz, 77, will provide strategic input into GM's global design and key product initiatives until his retirement at the end of 2009. He will continue to report to Wagoner.

Video: BW Talks with Saturn GM Jill Lajdziak at the North American International Auto Show

David Kiley from BusinessWeek magazine had an opportunity to talk with Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak at the Detroit Auto Show about the present and future of Saturn.

Jill Lajdziak Deserves Kudos for Addressing the General Motors Restructuring Plan Directly with the Saturn Community

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Less than 24 hours after General Motors announced it was planning to "explore alternatives" for Saturn, the brand's general manager, Jill Lajdziak, spoke directly to the Saturn community by way of her ImSaturn blog to address the issue. While she couldn't go into too much detail due to the sensitive and complex nature of the situation, Jill did explain what the immediate next steps are for Saturn. And she also promises more updates in the future.

Happy Birthday General Motors!

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General Motors turns 100 today and you are invited to join the company's celebration called "GMnext Day" - a series of forward-looking events to commemorate the GM's centennial. The festivities begin at 8:00 a.m. EDT.

Be a Part of the Beginning of GM's Second Century

As you probably already know, General Motors is turning 100 years old on September 16th, and the company has a variety of online activities planned for any enthusiasts who want to participate in the festivities. Yesterday, GM provided a brief look at some of the activities planned for that day on its GMnext.com website.

Get Paid to be a Saturn Mystery Shopper

Private Detectives Needed for Saturn Mystery Shopper Program

Saturn general manager Jill Lajdziak wants your help building a more satisfying retail network. She's looking for dedicated owners to participate in a new "mystery shopper" program that's designed to provide the company with direct feedback about the level of service you receive at Saturn stores. Saturn owners will soon be getting an e-mail about the opportunity from Jill, but she'd like to give SaturnFans.com visitors first dibs on becoming a Saturn Mystery Shopper – well, Jill says that Saturn Business Analyst will actually be your title.

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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.