GM to shut down Saturn after Penske walks away

General Motors Co. says it's shutting down the Saturn brand after an agreement with Penske Automotive Group Inc. Full Story
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sad

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Sep 30, 2009
I've had two Saturns, my current Ion and a previous one, and they're just great cars. I don't understand why when something fuel efficient, durable, and easy to maintain comes to the market place, companies look to get rid of it.
swschrad

Monroe, LA

#3 Sep 30, 2009
your forgot the contrails.

Since: Feb 08

Baldwin City, KS

#4 Sep 30, 2009
Penske has to actually earn money, unlike the government, which just has to print it.
Deb

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Sep 30, 2009
sad wrote:
I've had two Saturns, my current Ion and a previous one, and they're just great cars. I don't understand why when something fuel efficient, durable, and easy to maintain comes to the market place, companies look to get rid of it.
I agree. My current Saturn was purchased new in 1997 - still running (and looking) great.

JTY

Since: Sep 08

Lincoln, NE

#6 Sep 30, 2009
sad wrote:
I've had two Saturns, my current Ion and a previous one, and they're just great cars. I don't understand why when something fuel efficient, durable, and easy to maintain comes to the market place, companies look to get rid of it.
Because people stoped buying them...
Car Guy

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Sep 30, 2009
Did anyone see this coming? Bad news. I know most Saturn employees were thrilled with the prospect of Penske being the owner, because Roger gets it done. He's also not going to do start something he can't finish.
I wonder when, if ever, we'll find out who didn't want to build him a car with the Saturn nameplate?
My sympathy to all the good Saturn folks out there.
A Dozen Roses

Erwin, NC

#8 Sep 30, 2009
Everyone involved in the car business knows and knew that Saturn has never made a profit and was a huge flop by industry standards. Saturn should have been killed off long ago. GM became insolvent and suddenly Saturn was going to be spun off and be profitable...please wake up people. Hummer is next to crash and burn!
We really can't even blame this one on obama, and it should be because he stuck his nose in the car business right where it does not belong!
JAdams

AOL

#9 Sep 30, 2009
I hear George Costanza is working on the Penske file.
jim

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Sep 30, 2009
Good, one less redundant GM vehicle on the road .

Since: Apr 09

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Sep 30, 2009
You Lie wrote:
Just how much of our tax dollars (GM bailouts) were funneled to Saturn to keep it afloat till now? Funny how OUR money just seems to disappear on anything the government has it's hands in.
How many health care policies could have been paid for with the billions that went to GM. Speaking of health care... you know Obamacare, he didn't tell anyone there was another bailout for the auto unions attached to HIS health care plan.$6 Billion to be exact, to keep union pension funds solvent. I'd like to toss more than shoes at him! I know... off topic... but close
What makes you so damned sure that Saturn wasn't helping to prop up GM? According to Saturn employees, they were making a profit. Considering no one buys Saturn anymore - a whole lot of them are on the road. We recently bought one and it's a beautiful car. Saturns will still look great long after cars the same vintage are nothing but rust buckets in the junk yard. If you don't have one, you're likely driving a rust bucket.

Since: Apr 09

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Sep 30, 2009
sad wrote:
I've had two Saturns, my current Ion and a previous one, and they're just great cars. I don't understand why when something fuel efficient, durable, and easy to maintain comes to the market place, companies look to get rid of it.
We just purchased one not long ago and they are indeed great cars. Ours looks as new as the day we purchased it. We've had it for about four years now. The reason we purchased it is because our cars run indefinitely because they're kept in perfect running condition. It's pretty disheartening to take care of a vehicle like that and it turns into a rust bucket. We wanted our run-around vehicle to look as good as it runs - and our Saturn Ion I does that. I had to laugh when they told us that the only difference between the Ion I and the Ion II is the door handles. Instead of having matching color, they are black. No matter. It's actually a nice accent, and we saved a goodly sum of money because of those handles. They have this new little sports car that is unbelievably beautiful! A sports car isn't practical for us or I'd want one. There are other Saturns I wouldn't mind having either. That's coming from a strictly Chevy family. Love cars that don't rust!

Since: Apr 09

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Sep 30, 2009
We've got a beautiful 2001 Chevy Monte Carlo SS in the garage with less then 15,000 miles on it. Hubby is scared to death it's going to rust so it doesn't get driven much. That car will never see the light of winter weather as long as he owns it.
JudgeJury

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Sep 30, 2009
Why doesn't GM shut itself down and leave Saturn operating? Saturn is the only decent vehicle they make.
Dr Kildare

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Sep 30, 2009
I wouldn't buy another GM vehicle right now. Not because they don't make good cars, but what brand is next? And the bale out.
It didn't make sense for GM to start up Saturn anyway and then to get rid of Oldsmobile
Obummer Motors

Cohasset, MN

#17 Sep 30, 2009
Now just wait a minute here - I will fire up the printing presses and make the money for Sir Roger to build his own factory
George Bushit

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Sep 30, 2009
Obummer Motors wrote:
Now just wait a minute here - I will fire up the printing presses and make the money for Sir Roger to build his own factory
No I'll up that, I'll send myself to Iran
and negotiate another War for the US.

I'm good at that so is my dad Bush Sr.!

Since: Apr 09

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Sep 30, 2009
JudgeJury wrote:
Why doesn't GM shut itself down and leave Saturn operating? Saturn is the only decent vehicle they make.
I completely agree. This comes at a time when they're making some beautiful vehicles. We have always had GM cars and they rust terribly. We always have a run around car and they would last about 7 years and the bottom of the doors would rust something awful. We had an 89 Cavalier and we were able to put way over 100,000 miles on it, but at that time we were running out of ways to keep car handles attached to the doors. What a shame because it still drove like a new vehicle. We drove that car for 11 years and would have been able to drive it longer then that. We have yet been able to figure out how to keep a car from rusting that's all metal. I have great hopes for our Saturn and I hope someone can save them. It's a great car.

Since: Apr 09

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Sep 30, 2009
Smartass wrote:
Saturn has been down graded from a planet to an asteroid then to hemorrhoid, then cut out. Did you know that Karl Benz's first car still runs ? Built in 1886 in Mannheim, Germany and is in Ladenberg today.
Uh, they don't make any of the vehicles like that anymore, so Karl Benz's first car doesn't really have any relation to any of the vehicles today. That's when they made them good.

Since: Apr 09

Minneapolis, MN

#22 Sep 30, 2009
My parents purchased a fridge in 1951 that is still in use today. Doesn't really matter though.
Joe Blow

Saint Paul, MN

#23 Sep 30, 2009
Maybe OBAMA should run Saturn. He seems to know how to run everything else.(into the GROUND)

Now he will screw up the Olympics too.

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