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General Motors Donates Two Saturn Vue Hybrids to Michigan Technical University

2009 Vue 2 Mode Green Line Hybrid

Jennifer Donovan from MTU: "The donation of these vehicles from GM will enable us to further our research in reducing fuel consumption and emissions, including enabling near-zero emissions for biofueled vehicles," said Jeff Naber, a professor of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics at Michigan Tech and a lead researcher and director of the Advanced Internal Combustion Laboratories at Michigan Tech. The Saturns will be used to find ways to minimize the impact that ethanol blend fuels have on cold-start emissions, Naber said.

Flexibility Wasn't Enough for Former Tennessee Saturn Plant to Keep Building GM Vehicles

Aerial Photo of the Former Saturn Plant

Lindsay Chappell from Automotive News: Suppliers and workers at General Motors' assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, thought they had the inside track this summer when GM had to decide quickly where to build a new family of subcompact cars. The plant boasts a recent renovation, a history of good labor relations and the sort of innovative supplier-automaker partnership that automakers profess to seek. It wasn't enough.

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.

No More Skys: Last Kappa Roadster Built this Morning, GM to Permanently Shutter Delaware Plant

2009 Saturn Sky

Andrew Eder from the Delaware News Journal: Today marks the last day of production at General Motors' Boxwood Road assembly plant. The 62-year-old factory near Newport was a victim of the automaker's restructuring that has claimed tens of thousands of jobs and will close or idle 14 plants in the next three years.

Congratulations to Saturn of Cape Coral for Receiving the Highest Customer Service Satisfaction Rate of Any Saturn Store in 2008

From the Cape Coral Daily Breeze: General Motors recognized Saturn of Cape Coral and Bob Goodman, owner and operator of Saturn dealerships in southwest Florida, for their outstanding customer service and presented them with a prestigious national service award. Saturn of Cape Coral had the highest customer service satisfaction rate of any Saturn dealership in the United States for the preceding year, according to General Motors.

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Another 2008 Saturn Family Photo

Another 2008 Saturn Family Photo

This image of Saturn's 2008 lineup of vehicles all painted in the same silver hue was actually included on the back of a handout discussing the EPA's new formula for calculating vehicle fuel economy ratings.