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Did Buick’s SUV Announcement Hint at New Powertrain Options for the 2011 Saturn Vue?

Buick "Vue" Teaser Photo

Last week General Motors announced Buick would begin selling a new compact crossover in 2010. Later in 2011, the vehicle will feature the company's state-of-the-art plug-in hybrid technology. The Buick will be launched with two of fuel-efficient direct-injected gasoline engines: Ecotec 2.4L direct-injected four-cylinder engine with an optional 3.0L direct-injected V6. GM says the 2.4L will deliver 30 miles per gallon or more on the highway, a modest statement since the redesigned and just released 2010 Chevrolet Equinox with the same powertrain earned a 32 mpg rating by the EPA.

Renault to Help Mercedes with New Smart Vehicle, Plans Return To U.S.

Richard Read from the Car Connection: No one can deny that French automaker Renault is on the move these days. In addition to its work with Nissan on electric vehicles, the company is in talks with Mercedes-Benz to develop a new model for Mercedes' Smart brand. And here in the U.S., the company is chatting with Roger Penske about selling Renault-badged vehicles on American lots alongside Saturn automobiles - vehicles that Renault's Samsung subsidiary may begin producing after General Motors pulls the plug in 2011.

Roger Penske's Saturn Play is a Stroke of Genius, Creates a "Post-Modern" Auto Company

Roger Penske

Angus MacKenzie from Motor Trend: Auto plants cost staggering amounts of money to build and to run. And in an era where the manufacturing process no longer delivers major differentiators in terms of the finished product - all vehicles have to meet similar safety and fuel economy mandates, and the cost and quality differences between the best and the worst are getting smaller all the time - that's money many auto industry insiders wished they no longer had to spend. Which is why Roger Penske's Saturn play is a stroke of genius.

Nissan Not Likey Part of Saturn-Renault Agreement

Lindsay Chappell from Automotive News: French automaker Renault could become a source for Saturn vehicles and parts for the brand's proposed new owner, U.S. auto magnate Roger Penske. Renault confirms that it has been approached by Penske, chairman of Penske Automotive Group, about a deal to supply vehicles and parts. Frederique LeGreves, spokeswoman for Renault in Paris, declined to elaborate on the proposal.

Report: Renault, Nissan Discuss Supply Deal With Saturn and Penske

David Pearson from the Wall Street Journal: Renault confirmed last week that it and its Japanese alliance partner Nissan are discussing a commercial deal to sell cars to Saturn, the former General Motors unit that was taken over by Penske Automotive Group (PAG) last month.

Brand Spin-Offs Could See Boosted New Car Sales

Kelly Johnson from the Sacramento Business Journal: New corporate owners could boost Saturn, Hummer, and Saab sales, and help ease car-shoppers' concerns about future of the still-struggling brands. Saturn's pending purchase by Penske has support from dealers and consumers. They know of company chairman Roger Penske's success as a racecar driver and racing team owner, in truck rentals and with auto retailing.

Penske-Saturn Deal "Past Midfield," Slated to be Completed by September

Christian Wiessner from Reuters: Penske Automotive Group plans to complete a deal to buy Saturn from General Motors by the end of September, the founder and chairman of the No. 2 auto dealership chain said on Wednesday. Roger Penske also said that he was considering using the Saturn brand for vehicles sold outside North America, but was focused first on the U.S. market and potentially Canada.

More Photos of the Renault Samsung SM3

More Photos of the Renault Samsung SM3

There's been a renewed buzz this week about one possible post-GM future Saturn vehicle after a Korean news report revealed on Monday that officials from Penske Automotive Group were in Korea this month evaluating the all-new compact Renault Samsung SM3.

Report: Penske Automotive Group Evaluating Renault Samsung SM3 as Possible New Saturn

Samsung SM3

Representatives from Penske Automotive Group are in Korea this month at Renault Samsung's technical center reviewing and evaluating the company's SM3 compact car (pictured on the right) for possible export to the United States, according to a story published yesterday in South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper.

Penske Automotive Group Expected to Complete Saturn Acquisition this Quarter

Jon Yanca from Car & Driver: The completion of the sale is expected to close in the third quarter of this year, pending many conditions and approvals from the U.S. Treasury, which now holds a majority stake in GM. It has been rumored that Penske has been in talks with Renault Samsung Motors to import the Korean-built vehicles under the Saturn name.

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Flashback Friday: More Saturn "Did You Know?" Facts

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A few weeks ago, in another episode of "Flashback Friday," I posted some not-so-well-known Saturn trivia bits. Folks seemed to enjoy taking a look back at Saturn while testing their knowledge of both the company and cars of yesterday. As a result of the feedback, I've compiled another list of "Did You Know?" Saturn trivia facts for your viewing pleasure.