Saturn enters Penske’s orbit

It’s official: Roger Penske’s Automotive Group will acquire the Saturn brand from Government General Motors for a price believed to be somewhere north of three dollars and a sackful of kittens.

Saturn’s five-vehicle line is being pared to three — the Sky roadster and the compact Astra sedan will be put to sleep — and GM will continue to build the remaining vehicles (the Vue SUV, the Outlook crossover, and the mid-sized Aura sedan) for two years. All of these, I note, are bigger than the models being deep-sixed.

The deal is expected to be completed in October.


  1. Kay Dennison »

    6 June 2009 · 5:23 pm

    Sigh. Everyone I know who owns/has owned a small Saturn has loved it. I was looking for one when I bought my dear lil’ Miss Ruby. And now there will be no more Pontiacs.

  2. CGHill »

    6 June 2009 · 6:50 pm

    Trini’s on her second Saturn, and she’s as devoted to the marque as anyone I’ve ever seen, despite its tendency to nickel-and-dime her to death. (My own car has far fewer failures, but when it has them, they always seem to cost $600.)

  3. David Fleck »

    6 June 2009 · 8:41 pm

    We’re on our second Saturn also, but only because we had to unload the first one when we moved off-continent back in the ’90’s. We’ve had the current one over 10 years now, and contra Trini, ours has cost us very little to maintain (sound of wood laminate being knocked).

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