As the t's are crossed and i's are dotted on the deal to take Saturn off Government Motors' red-ink stained hands, GM Canada has confirmed that the new Saturn owners, U.S.-based Penske Automotive Group, aren't interested in selling the brand in Canada.
GM Canada told The Crank, "it is expected that GM Canada’s Saturn retailers will cease operations on or before December 31, 2009."
Apparently, customer service, parts and warranty needs will transition to local GM dealerships.
Penske says it can't make the numbers work on continuing to shill Saturns here. Under GM, only 18,729 Saturns were sold in Canada in 2008.
Under the Penske deal, the new Saturn will sell several GM-produced models through 2011. After that, it has to find new manufacturing partners.
So, another GM brand may be outta here. Do you care?
Are their any current Saturns that you will miss?
And as most of the Saab dealers are tied to Saturn shops, how do you think this will this affect Saab's status in Canada? Is it the next GM brand to disappear from the Great White North?
Or will Hummer — all but sold to a Chinese heavy equipment maker — be the next to vanish?
[Source: GM Canada]