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Old 09-28-2009, 09:59 PM   #1
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Tim Higgins from the Detroit Free Press: Detroit businessman and booster Roger Penske is on track to close a deal to buy General Motors' Saturn division on Wednesday, the Free Press learned today. The official announcement could come Thursday. Several signs point to a final deal soon: Jill Lajdziak, Saturn's general manager, has asked for an early retirement package from GM, an indication that she is leaving, a person familiar with her decision said.

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Old 09-28-2009, 10:34 PM   #2
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Default Re: Detroit Free Press: Penske to Close Saturn Deal Wednesday, Jill Lajdziak Said to

So is she retiring to work at Wal-Mart or is she retiring to run Saturn V2.0?

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Old 09-29-2009, 07:59 AM   #3
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Jill has done more for saturn than anyone i can think of.
She took time to come to several of our facility dinners even tho it was her
birthday. Good luck jill.,

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Old 09-29-2009, 09:04 AM   #4
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Default Re: Detroit Free Press: Penske to Close Saturn Deal Wednesday, Jill Lajdziak Said to

Rumor mill here has deal close pushed back to 30 Nov now for some reason.

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Old 09-29-2009, 03:40 PM   #5
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Old 09-29-2009, 05:00 PM   #6
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Default Re: Detroit Free Press: Penske to Close Saturn Deal Wednesday, Jill Lajdziak Said to

Saturn needs to go back to it's roots and concentrate on people, again. They need to manufacture cars and offer service experiences that rival every other car company. They need to go back to the no haggle fair auto pricing.

Saturn started off independent and GM slowly absorbed them to the point where they were just another division of GM. Saturn's cars lost their uniqueness and were just re-badged GM cars. This caused GM to compete against itself, and not against the import manufacturers.

I wish Penske could find another man with a vision like Skip LeFauve. Many he rest in peace...

GM was just too arrogant to see what they had when they created the original Saturn. It's fitting that the GM "mark of excellence" is a box.

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So is she retiring to work at Wal-Mart or is she retiring to run Saturn V2.0?
Maybe she can convince Walmart to buy Saturn. The have the money and the might to bring down prices....................

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Old 09-30-2009, 08:53 PM   #8
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Maybe she can convince Walmart to buy Saturn. The have the money and the might to bring down prices....................
And they will immediately have all Saturns Made in China, just like all of their products. Sam Walton would have stroke if he saw what they sell there now.

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Old 09-30-2009, 09:23 PM   #9
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is there a site kiafans.com?

Once my ION dies that is it for me for a GM car. They should have left Saturn alone instead of making it simply another GM car.

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Old 09-29-2009, 04:50 PM   #10
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Sorry To see Jill go she was very loyal to Saturn. Alas she didn't want to be a part of Saturn becoming an import.

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Old 09-30-2009, 03:58 PM   #11
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Default Re: Detroit Free Press: Penske to Close Saturn Deal Wednesday, Jill Lajdziak Said to

News Alert
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Penske Automotive Group has ended its effort to buy the Saturn unit of GM,
citing concerns over the availability of future GM-made vehicles.

The disclosure immediately threw the future of Saturn back into question. GM had
said it would shutter the brand if a buyer couldn't be found. Penske Auto in
June agreed to acquire the brand with the exception of its manufacturing
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Old 09-30-2009, 04:02 PM   #12
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Hello all,

I am a reporter with the Globe and Mail, and we are doing a story about the news that GM is winding down its Saturn brand after talks to sell it to Penske broke off. As Saturn enthusiasts, I wonder if any of you might give us your perspective today, on what is being lost with the phase-out of the Saturn brand. I can be reached at any of the coordinates below; or if you prefer, you can email me your contact information and I'd be happy to call at a convenient time. I would hope to speak with someone in the next hour or so if possible.

All the best,

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Old 09-30-2009, 04:04 PM   #13
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Old 09-30-2009, 05:55 PM   #14
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Hello all,

I am a reporter with the Globe and Mail, and we are doing a story about the news that GM is winding down its Saturn brand after talks to sell it to Penske broke off. As Saturn enthusiasts, I wonder if any of you might give us your perspective today, on what is being lost with the phase-out of the Saturn brand. I can be reached at any of the coordinates below; or if you prefer, you can email me your contact information and I'd be happy to call at a convenient time. I would hope to speak with someone in the next hour or so if possible.

All the best,

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(office) 416-585-5438, (cell) 416-200-1784
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The real story could be that this whole deal with Penske was a farce from the beginning. Something smells awful fishy.On the day the deal was to be announced it falls through? REALLY?

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Old 09-30-2009, 09:26 PM   #15
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Hello all,

I am a reporter with the Globe and Mail, and we are doing a story about the news that GM is winding down its Saturn brand after talks to sell it to Penske broke off. As Saturn enthusiasts, I wonder if any of you might give us your perspective today, on what is being lost with the phase-out of the Saturn brand. I can be reached at any of the coordinates below; or if you prefer, you can email me your contact information and I'd be happy to call at a convenient time. I would hope to speak with someone in the next hour or so if possible.

All the best,

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I would say, just copy-n-paste some of the responses made here on SF. That ought to give you a start...

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The AP is now reporting that the deal has fallen through and that GM is proceeding with plans to shut down production. Service will be handled by other GM dealers...
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090930/...10b3NodXRkb3du

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I had my Astra serviced at a Chevy dealer Tuesday. The tech I talked to said he didn't think the Saturn deal would go through. Looks like he was right.

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I just read on Inside GM that Penske is killing the deal because he cannot find any replacements for the current Saturn lineup. It has nothing to due with either Saturn or GM . Has anyone any more info??

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This is truly a sad day for Saturn owners everywhere, myself included.

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