SaturnFest 2009 Postponed

SaturnFest 2009

Today was supposed to be the first day of SaturnFans.com's week-long SaturnFest celebration. Just like in the past, it was going to be a happy time, with this year's virtual gathering of owners from around the world (I've received e-mails from as far away as Taiwan) cheering Roger Penske's acquistion of Saturn. But, alas, with GM's decision to suddenly begin the process of shutdowning the brand at the end of September, preparation for the online festival screeched to a halt as news of the impending closure dominated this site's front page.

Breaking Saturn news has slowed to a trickle in the past week, but the sting from GM's announcement still hurts. Frankly, putting on a Saturn "celebration" this week feels a bit unsettling and doesn't quite seem appropriate.

I've been doing a lot of thinking over the past few weeks about what Saturn's closure means for Saturn owners, enthusiasts, and this website. Among the changes planned for SaturnFans.com is a retooled SaturnFest. Several visitors have written to me hoping that SaturnFest would go on. I agree. But instead of an over-the-top festival looking forward to the future, the reworked SaturnFest 2009 will be a flashback at the many things that made Saturn special to its millions of owners. It won't just be a week-long event either, SaturnFest 2009 will now last 31 days beginning on Tuesday, December 1st.

While General Motors has taken our "Saturn" away, they can't take away our enthusiasm and passion for our cars. I hope you'll join me every day this December remembering what made Saturn so great, so much fun, and so very different.

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Mysterious Ohio Based Investment Group Arises as a Potential Buyer

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Update on May 7th: Leading negotiations for this group is Gary Marvicsin. Detroit News reports that he is employed in the auto industry.

Detroit News reports that there is a mysterious Ohio based investment group interested in acquiring Saturn. Unlike the other interested buyers, this group has developed a concept to keep the company domestically based. According to the article, the group is interested in purchasing domestically abandoned manufacturing plants to produce Saturns. Chrysler plants that are targeted to close due to bankruptcy troubles were specifically mentioned. The group wants to continue to employee UAW workers at these plants. While recognizing the high costs associated with employing union workers, such as benefits and pensions, the group believes that it is the right move for two reasons.