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Automotive News Adds Credibility to Penske-Renault Samsung Report

Samsung QM5 Sport-Utility

From Automotive News: Roger Penske, chairman of Penske Automotive Group, met in Paris the week of May 11th with Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn to discuss a deal, say sources familiar with the talks. Renault Samsung would supply several vehicles for distribution by Saturn. Samsung builds four passenger vehicles, all on Nissan underpinnings.

What Would Penske Do if He Bought Saturn?

Samsung SM3

Michael Sheena from the Examiner: Okay, so Penske is interested in Saturn. What would he do with it? Word on the street is that he'd sell Samsung cars and crossovers. It's not as outlandish as you might think. Samsung is largely owned by Renault-Nissan and uses corporate underpinnings for its vehicles.

2010 Saturn Preview: What Could Have Been, What Might Still Be...

Last month, General Motors announced that it would stop building Saturns when production of the brand's 2009 models ended later this year – unless, of course, Saturn is spun-off from GM and its new owners request GM to produce 2010 models for the brand's retailers to sell. With the sale of Saturn looking more and more likely, it is also looking more and more likely that GM will indeed build 2010 model year Saturns. Here's a look at what was in store for Saturn's 2010 model year – and what will likely be produced once Saturn is formally separated from GM.

True or False: Will Buick Get What Was Going to Be the Next-Gen "Saturn" Astra?

2010 Saturn Astra Artist's Rendering

Several websites are reporting that GM has officially decided to transfer the next-generation Astra model to its Buick division. The redesigned Astra will be built in the US; the current Astra is imported from Belgium. Two plants were named as possible manufacturing facilities: Lordstown, Ohio and San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Update: GM Will Keep Saturn Hybrid Powertrains

Saturn Plug-In Hybrid Vue

Richard Truett from Automotive News: The next-generation of General Motors hybrid technology will not be delayed by the phase out of the Saturn brand, Tom Stephens, GM's vice chairman of global product development, said today. But in a reversal of plans, Stephens told Automotive News that the drivetrain that was destined for plug-in version of the Saturn Vue hybrid will be delivered to fleets in early 2011 and could also be offered to consumers.

AutoBlog Rendered Speculation: Chevrolet Sky-Volt?

Sam Abuelsamid from AutoBlog: One of the many unfortunate casualties of General Motors' financial apocalypse is the loss of the Kappa platform, the small, rear-wheel drive architecture underpinning the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky. With both of those brands being discontinued and no plans to migrate any models over to GM's surviving brands, the slow-selling roadsters will simply disappear within the next year. Another disappointment to GM fans was the transformation of the Chevy Volt from concept to production form.

New GM CEO Not Fazed by Future Competition from Saturn Brand, Peugeot Cited As Potential Partner

Automotive News recently talked with GM's new CEO, Fritz Henderson, about the state of General Motors and how he plans to fulfill the restructuring demands made by the Obama administration. While most of the interview focused on the company's new so-called core brands, the UAW, and it bloated dealership body, Henderson did discuss Saturn's desire to be spun-off, becoming independent of GM.

First Look: Tempted by the New-for-2010 Pearl White 33 MPG Saturn Aura

2010 Saturn Aura Painted White Diamond Tricoat

I've been a fan of pearl colored Saturns since the debut of the 1994 SL2 Homecoming Edition. Up until last year when White Diamond Tricoat was offered as regular option on the 2008 Saturn Outlook, the multi-layer color was limited to special edition or commemorative models. Later this year, Saturn will expand the availability of pearl white to its four-door Aura midsize car, according to a 2010 Ordering Guide obtained by SaturnFans.com.

Saturn Aims to Ring in a New Era

Flashback Friday: Saturn "New in Town" Newspaper Ad

G. Chambers Williams III San Antonio Express-News by way of the Akron Beacon Journal: Don't write the obituary for Saturn just yet. Plans are under way to spin the brand off into an independent distribution company, which then would contract with other automakers to build the vehicles. Saturn's dealers and GM managers say any plan they decide on would maintain the dealer network — but eventually field a new line of non-GM vehicles. GM has said that it won't provide vehicles to Saturn dealers beyond 2012. The new company would be free to enlist other automakers to build vehicles to replace those now in Saturn showrooms.

Rumor Mill: Progress Being Made on Saturn Spin-Off, Sources Say We Will be "Excited"

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SaturnFans.com hears that progress is being made in Saturn's attempt to spin itself off from General Motors. The customer-friendly brand is reportedly moving quickly to determine a viable, long-term business plan for the future - and to return to its roots as a "different kind of car company." While nothing official has been released by the company, word on the street is that the things are moving forward.

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Certain 2007-08 Outlooks Impacted by Second Recall

This has been a roller coaster week of sorts for the Saturn Outlook.  First, the crossover utility was called a "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  But now we have news that the Outlook will be part of a second recall campaign by General Motors.