Penske Buyng Saturn

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by marx404, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. marx404

    marx404 Guest

    I did not see this posted here yet. On Friday June 5th, Saturn Officially
    made the announcement that Penske Automotive Group will buy Saturn. Details
    are being worked out and the finalization shall be in the late Summer. GM
    has offered to continue to make all models with exception of the Astra and
    expiring model SKY for the next 2 years. Neither Penske nor Saturn have
    revealed who will be the manufacturer of the new cars, but it has been
    reported that Penske wants to keep it American built if possible.

    Here is Saturn's new News website:
    marx404, Jun 8, 2009
  2. marx404

    Oppie Guest

    The way I read it in the newspapers, Penske was buying only the dealer
    network. They intended to look outside for manufacturing and design.
    Historically, buying only a distribution chain does not bode well for the
    product lines that were being sold. Most often there is an ulterior motive.
    Time will tell. Hopefully, I'll still be able to get parts and service for
    the L series.
    Oppie, Jun 8, 2009
  3. Well, maybe the new Saturn Motor Car Company will fold up after a year
    or maybe it will go on to thrive and prosper. Either way, it will be
    infinitely better than remaining with GM. Recall a few years ago when
    Harley-Davidson was owned by AMF Corporation and was dying. Now, the
    independent Harley-Davidson is prospering, even in these very difficult
    times for things like cars and motorcycles. Maybe an independent Saturn
    will go on to prosper as well. There is no reason why there cannot be a
    successful auto company in the United States.
    David T. Johnson, Jun 8, 2009
  4. marx404

    SMS Guest

    We're moving to a model similar to the consumer electronics industry
    where manufacturing is outsourced to factories that manufacture products
    for multiple design and marketing companies, and these products are
    often sold under multiple brand names. Design is often outsourced as
    well, just hand the design house your MRD and they do the design for
    you, obtain all the necessary government approvals, and deliver a
    finished product.

    Penske can also sell rebranded vehicles just like the U.S. auto
    companies have sold Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Kia, Daewoo, Mazda, and
    Isuzu vehicles as their own models. It may work if they can make a
    success out of products that have been poorly marketed in the U.S., such
    as Mitsubishi and Isuzu.
    SMS, Jun 8, 2009
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