General Motor's decision to take Saturn out of rotation came as a surprise to many local dealerships. Saturn of Montgomery General Manager Mel Smithson said he learned of GM's decision over the Internet. "I have been with Saturn for 13 years. It makes me feel some sadness. It was a great brand. The customers were great," Smithson told WSFA 12 News.
The news may be a blow to current Saturn owners, like Rochelle Baker, who now face the closure of all Saturn dealerships and will have to find other GM dealers to service existing vehicles. "I don't know where to take my car yet; I haven't decided," said Baker.
Smithson is trying to calm some customer's fears by assuring them GM will honor its service and warranty agreements. He says, "It is a GM warranty and they will be able to get service on their vehicles."
Smithson says Saturn of Montgomery will remain open just under a new name and with a different line of vehicles. What that will be - he doesn't know just yet.