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Just Who Pulled the Plug on Saturn?

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Andrew S. Ross from the San Fransisco Chronicle: For East Bay Saturn dealer Inder Dosanjh, it finally is the end. As the franchise representative for dealers in 15 Western states, he pushed as hard as anyone to keep Saturn alive. But GM's out-of-the-blue shutdown announcement Wednesday ended all hope. "I was very surprised. I was shocked," said Dosanjh, who always believed the brand would survive even as its parent shriveled.

General Motors to Kill Saturn After Promising Deal Falls Apart, Retailers Devistated

Ken Bensinger and Tiffany Hsu from the LA Times: In a surprise development, General Motors said it would kill its Saturn brand after a deal to sell it to an auto dealership chain fell through at the eleventh hour. In June, GM formally announced that Penske had outbid other suitors for the brand and that the deal would save the 13,000 Saturn jobs, most of them at dealerships.

Brand, Retailers, Jobs Face Grim Prospects as Penske Pulls Out of Saturn Purchase

G. Chambers Williams III from the Tennessean: While dealers still hope Saturn might be saved, GM expects all the dealerships will be closed by the end of next year, if not sooner. Asked if GM would seek another buyer, Thomas Pyden, a GM spokesman, said: "I guess never say never, but our focus now is on implementing the wind-down agreements and working with our Saturn retailers to be as transparent and cooperative as possible through the process."

Saturn Deal Could’ve Been Boost for Renault-Nissan

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Greg Gardner from the Detroit Free Press: French automaker Renault and Japanese partner Nissan have been trying to strengthen their position in North America since forming an alliance 10 years ago, and Detroit businessman Roger Penske's vision for Saturn seemed to be a good fit.

Collapse of Deal for Saturn Stuns GM

Tim Higgins from the Detroit Free Press: On Tuesday, General Motors Co. thought it had a deal to sell its storied brand Saturn. But Wednesday afternoon, a day before the deal was to be announced, the Detroit automaker was blindsided by the news that businessman Roger Penske's deal to acquire Saturn had collapsed. The news sent shockwaves through the GM organization.

Penske Needed Another 60 Days, Some Retailers Holding Out Hope Penske Deal Can be Revived

Chrissie Thompson and Jamie Lareau from Automotive News: Tobin Oberhoulser, sales manager at a Saturn store in Lafayette, Indiana, says he will conduct business as usual while he holds out hope that Penske Automotive Group and CEO Roger Penske will still complete the deal somehow. "I stay confident in Roger Penske," he said.

General Motors Pulls the Plug on Saturn, Ending Bold, Creative Automotive Experiment

John Pearley Huffman from Popular Mechanics: With the announcement that General Motors and the Penske Automotive Group have broken off negotiations to transfer ownership of the Saturn brand between them, the Saturn saga sadly ends. Over the next few months, GM will implement the "wind-down" agreements it has with Saturn dealers and start closing up the division.

Penske Runs into Saturn’s Historic Wall: Product

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Lindsay Chappell from Automotive News: Roger Penske's 11th-hour decision to pass on acquiring General Motors' Saturn brand marks a sad continuation of the same problem that has dogged Saturn for a decade: a lack of products. Penske had the bold proposal of keeping Saturn alive by creating a virtual automaker.

Collapse of Penske Deal Spells End for Saturn

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Sharon Terlep and John Stoll from the Wall Street Journal: A deal to save General Motors's Saturn brand fell through after former race-car driver Roger Penske unexpectedly abandoned a bid to buy its network of dealers, prompting GM to say it would shut the operation down. The Penske announcement came as a "huge surprise" to dealers, GM and Treasury Department officials, according to people familiar with the matter.

Saturn Deal Collapses After Renault-Nissan Backs Out

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Tim Higgins from the Detroit Free Press: General Motors said today it would shut down Saturn after respected Detroit businessman Roger Penske shocked GM and 350 Saturn dealers by saying that his plans to buy the storied brand had fallen apart. The announcement came a day before GM and its dealers expected the deal to be finalized.

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Aura to Make NAIAS 2005 Debut

MSN.com's North American Auto Show (NAIAS) 2005 preview page lists the Saturn 'Aura' concept as the second of two Saturn vehicles making their debut at the Detroit show next week. The first vehicle, of course, is a production version of the Saturn's Kappa-based RWD Sky roadster. Details of both vehicles are embargoed by General Motors at this time.