The Saturn Corporation, also known as Saturn LLC, was an American automobile
manufacturer, a registered trademark established on January 7, 1985, as a
subsidiary of General Motors. The company marketed itself as a "different kind
of car company" and operated somewhat independently from its parent company for
a time with its own assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, unique models, and
a separate retailer network, and was GM's attempt to compete with Japanese
imports and transplants in the US compact car market.
Following the withdrawal of a bid by Penske Automotive to acquire Saturn in September 2009, General Motors discontinued the Saturn brand and ended its outstanding franchises on October 31, 2010. All new production had already been halted on October 7, 2009.