According to Automotive News, on-the-way-out "Maximum" Bob Lutz claims despite a bevy of "good cars," GM's Saturn brand's probably dead. Simultaneously, we're also hearing Saab talks have broken down.
The concept of killing the Saturn brand makes sense — it's the most standalone of any of the General's brands.
Since they're all single-brand dealerships, Saturn dealers are the easiest to kill. The rest on the chopping block like Saab, Pontiac, Hummer or GMC? Not quite as easy given the sales channel changes of the past decade mean killing one brand will bring about all sorts of lawsuits from the dealers who recently forced to add the brand to their sales operation.