Penske says no to smartcars, denies Renault connection

By Automotive Staff | June 11, 2009
Well, this is interesting. Per Automobile Magazine: Saturn's new owner, dealership group-owner Roger Penske, revealed during an interview his plans to make electric vehicles the focus of the Saturn brand under his ownership, and dispelled rumors that Saturn dealers may be forced to sell Smart-brand cars. Our take? We're going to be keeping a close eye on Saturn. Penske stated during the interview that while the new Saturn will continue to sell the Aura sedan, Outlook SUV, and Vue crossover, he is looking for other cars to fill out the new company. We previously reported Penske was in discussion with Renault to possibly import some of its Korean-made models and rebadge them as Saturn vehicles. Penske denies such claims and says he's in talk with numerous automakers.