As previously announced, GM will focus on Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC but new reports suggest Saturn’s future could be coming to an end.
When GM accepted its portion of the US government's automaker bailout package it was required to take drastic steps in order to make the company more competitive. As previously announced, GM will focus on Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC but new reports suggest that Saturn's future could be coming to an end.
In an interview with Automotive News, GM's North American President, Troy Clarke, went on the record to say that the company intends to follow the plan submitted to Congress by focusing on the four brands. He stated that "We have to re-engineer the way we're doing business in many regards" and went on to say "We're going to be a smaller company."
So far the only brands that are officially up for sale are Hummer and Saab. While Hummer has garnered some interest from potential buyers, Saab appears to be a black sheep. Given Saab's nearly two decade long history of failing to make a profit and Hummer's dismal sales figures, GM has a number of hurdles to overcome when convincing possible suitors.
That leaves Pontiac and Saturn as the only two left with an uncertain future. In a separate interview with the magazine Bob Lutz said Pontiac would consist of just five models: the G8, G5, Vibe, Solstice and Solstice hardtop coupe. What that means for the G6 is unclear, one possibility is that the G6 will go on hiatus while assembly plants undergo retooling for the recently shown refreshing or the model could simply be killed off. It is possible that Lutz was misquoted because it is hard to believe that the brand would kill off their top selling model especially after it was just updated.
In regards to Saturn, Clarke went on to say that GM has "...entered into a very, very open and candid dialogue with our Saturn retailers" and that the brand "...just hasn't been a good business for us."