What’s Next for Saturn?

1 Apr

Left Lane News is reporting that Saturn has found a “long term partner” to take it beyond its 2011 separation from General Motors.

There is no word yet on the company with which Saturn has come to terms, and for all I know the whole thing is just an April Fools’ joke.

But when I read it, the first thing I thought of was Renault.

Renault sells the same sorts of quirky family movers that Saturn is known for. Renault has been sniffing around for a ready-made way to re-enter the US market after the demise of AMC. Although Renault is aligned with Nissan, it would make more sense for Renaults to be sold here under a separate, existing dealership network and not lumped in with Muranos and Sentras.

And if they come, I’ll be looking to replace one car with a Fiat 500 from Transitowne, and the other with a Grand Scenic from Renault of Clarence.

7 Responses to “What’s Next for Saturn?”

  1. al l April 2, 2009 at 8:38 am #

    LeCar, she returns!!

  2. hank April 2, 2009 at 9:30 am #

    Renault could be aligned with Auburn/Dusenberg/Cord, and I STILL wouldn’t buy anything they make. the LeCar and the Alliance/Fuego have left a permanent bad taste in the mouths of American Car owners old enough to remember them.

  3. Ward April 2, 2009 at 10:47 am #

    You make a good point, BP.
    Saturn was never a misconception, but it never seemed to fit the GM culture.
    However, in terms of interbreeding, I would hope that they follow the example of Ford/Mazda, where the Australian Ford is really a Mazda, rather than the other way ’round. We’ll see what the Koleos looks like in 5 years.

  4. Rottenchester April 2, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    I own a Saturn, from back in the day when they were still doing their own engineering. Unfortunately, as with most GM products, the engineering just didn’t keep up. For example, if you look at the evolution of a Honda Civic vs a Saturn SL, in the early-to-mid 90’s, you’ll see that the Saturn was the same basic car with one minor re-skin that didn’t really improve it much. A ’91 civic vs a ’91 SL was a pretty fair fight.. An ’01 vs an ’01 Civic wasn’t even close.

  5. hank April 2, 2009 at 2:03 pm #

    End of the day–
    A Tennessee Chevrolet is a Tennessee Chevrolet.

  6. FoxyLady April 2, 2009 at 6:38 pm #

    Saturn…..piece of junk. I would not recommend it to anyone. Hank is right, just a Tennessee Chevrolet. I own a VUE and am sorry I ever bought it.

  7. AuraOwner April 27, 2009 at 1:25 pm #

    I’ve been very happy with my Aura, and I have many friends who are happy with their Saturns. I think with the 2009 models, they are competitive and should find their own brand power.

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