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Saturn Prepares for Life Beyond General Motors

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Peter Valdes-Dapena from CNNMoney.com: Abandoned and facing death as General Motors cuts brands in its own fight for survival, Saturn, the "different kind of car company," could soon become a very, very different kind of car company just to survive. GM has said it will stop producing Saturn vehicles in about two years. Rather than accept that it's over, Saturn executives and the brand's leading dealers are looking at new ways - some that have never been tried before - to keep Saturn alive. "When times are tough, that's when the biggest breakthrough's come," said Jill Lajdziak, Saturn's General Manager.

Letter from Saturn Aims to Provide Owners Assurance

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Saturn owners have never been shy about sharing their thoughts regarding our brand. So when I wrote to you a couple of weeks ago to tell about the potential changes at Saturn, I knew that I would get a strong response. Your e-mails and phone calls showed that many of you share our enthusiasm for the idea that Saturn might return to its roots as an independent company. The thoughtful comments were a clear reminder of one of the things that has always made Saturn special.

Jill Lajdziak: Retail Experience Makes the Saturn Difference

From the Hub magazine: Between the time we spoke with Jill Lajdziak and the publication of this interview, General Motors announced plans to close Saturn. Well, here's another news flash: This doesn't necessarily mean the end for Saturn. And it certainly does not change the enlightened view Saturn brings to automotive retailing. Saturn was never designed to be a "luxury" automobile, but you'd never know that while visiting one of its state-of-the-art showrooms.

Jill Lajdziak: We are Still Saturn

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A letter from Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak: From our very beginning, Saturn has always sought a better way. We pioneered no haggle-no hassle shopping, built dent-resistant cars, set a new benchmark for customer service and forged a unique relationship with our retailers, workers and customers. From the beginning, Saturn was launched as a "Different kind of Car Company." Well, here we go again. You may have read that General Motors delivered a plan to the U.S. government that outlined the corporation's plan for long term viability. In that plan, GM stated that Saturn would work with its retailers to investigate options for the future of the Saturn brand. We said that all ideas were on the table and we meant it.

Washington Post: GM Should Rethink Saturn, Consider Big Change

Warren Brown from the Washington Post: I am a great admirer of Jill Lajdziak, general manager of GM's Saturn Division. She has fought the good fight, greatly improved Saturn's manufacturing efficiencies and product quality, and expanded the division's product offerings. Ironically, Lajdziak's success is why Saturn must now be folded into Chevrolet.

What Can You Do to Help Save Saturn?

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Last week Saturn General Manager, Jill Lajdziak, posted an update on the state of Saturn on her blog at ImSaturn. General Motors, Saturn, and Saturn's retailers are looking at ways to overhaul the Saturn business model into one that is profitable for GM.

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: Saturn "Examining Various Alternatives" and Exploring "New Business Models"

Jill Lajdziak at ImSaturn: Over the past several weeks, I'm sure many of you have seen the continued speculation in the media about the future of Saturn. As I mentioned in a earlier post, we are examining various alternatives for Saturn including potential new business models for the brand.

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.

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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Saturns May be Sold Alongside Other GM Brands in New, Major Market Megastores

General Motors is preparing to make a bold push to consolidate all of its brands under one roof in major metropolitan areas around the country. The move, which will be made public and explained in detail next month in San Francisco at the annual National Automobile Dealers Association convention, comes as the number of standalone GM dealerships is dwindling inside city limits.