Renault’s answer: ain’t gonna happen...According to Frederique LeGreves, Renault's chief spokeswoman, quoted by Autonews, the numbers just don’t add up for Renault to get involved.
“The business case just didn't add up. We looked at doing it. There was nothing political in our decision. It's just that the math wasn't happening.”
Renault’s name came up after Penske said it is taking with another carmaker to step in and save Saturn. Although nobody officially named Renault, the friendship between Roger Penske and Carlos Ghosn left room for speculation that the French may be the ones to step in.
“At that moment, we didn't have anybody signed,” Tony Pordon, Penske Group vice presindent told the source. “Yes, there are other automakers out there, but we spent four months negotiating this arrangement. It was time to sign, and we couldn't.”
The vice president also tried to put reason behind Penske’s withdrawal. ”For us to have closed this transaction with GM without a formal agreement for a supply of vehicles, we would be subjecting ourselves and our shareholders to a lot of risk.”
According to Penske, the failure to acquire Saturn is "because of the inability to source new products beyond what it had asked GM to build on contract."