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Muses: Penske may buy Saturn, snatch that Solstice, no April sales gains

Posted by Bill Griffith  May 7, 2009 04:30 PM

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Solstice-609.jpg The Solstice Coupe, premortem, at the New York Auto Show in April. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Ford has scrapped plans to offer a diesel version of its F-150 pickup truck. Blame the LOW cost of gas.

Roger Penske is rumored to be looking at buying Saturn. This man has 149 dealerships (40 brands), a successful track record of corporate and racing success, and apparently the start of another "plan."

April sales figures show no manufacturer with increases, year-to-year, for the first four months of 2009. Closest were Subaru and Hyundai, down 0.8 and 3.7 percent, respectively. Chrysler (-46.2), GM (-45.0) and Ford (-41.5) are still struggling as are Toyota (-38.4), Honda (-31.9), and Mazda (-31.1).

Pontiac’s phase-out means that less than 1,000 Solstice Coupes will be built. Savvy collectors likely will snap them up as special-interest cars, the last in the line for this still-proud marque.

Actor Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy) will be a guest on SPEED this Sunday (May 10) at 9 p.m. with Dave Despain. Dempsey will chat about his love of racing, his experiences in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, and his goal of competing with Team Seattle in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

And, as a regular parting note, this repeat reminder that the Mass. Registry of Motor Vehicles no longer is sending out driver’s license renewal notices. Check yours and don’t compound a minor traffic stop with a "driving without a license" citation.

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3 comments so far...
  1. Solstice coupe only 1000!!!

    I want one but with those figures it's not looking good in my favor.

    Posted by Andy May 8, 09 10:47 AM
  1. I wish the registry would just send out the notices. It would save a lot of money in the long run instead of clogging the courts and take the police officer's time. Email them even and save a ton. Seems that Rachel is not to bright.

    Posted by kimmieandtco May 9, 09 10:13 AM
  1. About license renewals ... I just sent the following to the RMV from their "comments" section on www.massrmv.com

    Since the RMV is no longer sending license renewal letters anymore, why not allow drivers to register their e-mail address along with their other information ? Then, the RMV could just send e-mail reminders a month before expiration? This could work for both license renewal and registration renewal. No postage cost ... and you already have an IT / web site infrastructure in place? This way, could could continue to provide a reasonable service reminder AND save costs. Thanks.

    Posted by goodharbor May 12, 09 11:33 AM
 

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