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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

    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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