Saturn spokesman Steve Janisse must rue the day Automotive News [AN, sub] picked-up the phone. Hey, Steve! Wassup with the whole selling the brand thing? How’s that going anyway? “There is interest from investors in doing a spinoff, and there are other entities interested in just buying it.” So far, so spinmeisterly. And then, the gotcha (sans quotes) “He said he does not know whether the interested parties are other automakers.” So, are we to believe that GM’s got buyers for Saturn but doesn’t want to tell Janisse? I don’t think so. Anyway, AN reveals that GM’s spending lots of taxpayer money to hire someone to find a mark willing to rethink the idea of losing billions of dollars in the car biz. “GM has hired Steve Girsky, formerly senior auto analyst for Morgan Stanley, to help advise on any possible Saturn deals … ‘He has extensive knowledge of the financial side of the equation and so he’s helping evaluate the different options,’ Janisse said. ‘But he’s also there to build the business plans for the options.’” Good luck with that.
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