• Oct 2nd 2009 at 12:32PM
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When the deal to sell Saturn to Penske Automotive fell through, there were likely a lot of surprised people at General Motors' Detroit, MI headquarters. Penske released a statement saying that the reason the deal fell through after months of good faith negotiations was that a suitable post-GM supply of vehicles could not be found. However, after reacquainting ourselves with over eight minutes of outtakes from Jim Gaffigan's old Saturn commercial, we're thinking the comedic pitchman is to blame.

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to join in on the laughs. Gaffigan is a flat-out goofball, and we're pretty sure he's addicted to calling animals and inanimate objects his family members. We're not sure how the old guy with the lease term paper didn't flip the hell out, though. Sure, the video is old, but considering the quickening demise of the Saturn brand, we feel it's apropos to revisit it now. Besides, we reckon that both Saturn fans and employees could use a bit of humor at a time like this.

*WARNING: Explicit language may be NSFW.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's all those lazy poodle-pumper union bastards who wrecked it. No big deal about saturn though, all they had going for them was the Sky redline.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yah, but at least the Solstice is still around... Nevermind. FAIL!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why are there so many spineless politically correct people out here? Why shoot the messenger, when it is clearly, entirely the union's cause that destroyed Saturn and almost the entire American car industry.

      It is the unions along with liberals that forced the auto industry to pay $35/hr, 45+ if you add on the pension & all that cr@p.
      If the auto industry wasn't forced to pay a good 25% or more premium on market salary, the American cars would be far more reliable in design, and Saturn wouldn't be out of business.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think we've hashed out the role of unions and apathetic management in the demise of the domestics; however, it's beyond the scope of this article, which was clearly sarcastic/made for somewhat humorous purposes. Relax man.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Justin - You have failed miserably at understanding sarcasm, and then interjected with some tired right wing tag line about blaming the unions. FAIL!

      • 5 Years Ago
      Blaming Jim Gaffigan last time I check....yeah, it is a crime. He is too funny. hahaha
      • 5 Years Ago
      Justin... you don't think it had anything to do with bad design, bad decisions and bad build quality? Yes, greedy people, blue collar and not helped for sure.... but just look out your window at at Malibu or Cobalt... Gak! Ya got to ask if Toyota is building plants here and their ugly Camrey is a best seller where did we go wrong... Where is the Euro Ford Focus RS or the fine Mondial?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Mondial? A mediocre old Ferrari is not the answer to the American car industry's problems. I think maybe you meant the Mondeo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yup... My Bad!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Another view... not saying imports are best. My comments were related to Justin suggesting Saturn went down because of UNIONS.

        I have owned 3 MINI Coopers. 2002 MCS, a piece of crap, a 2003 MC now with 100,000+ miles, my daughter drives it, and the only thing wrong with it has been getting it into reverse. I now own a 2004 MCS with heated seats and full packages and the only thing I have had to replace at 65,000 has been windshields. I belong to a club here in SoCal with some 500 MINIs. I'd say 70-80%are quite happy. Too bad you had trouble with yours.

        The best vehicle I've ever owned has been a 1997 Toyota 4Runner the worst... Ford AeroStar.

        I'm 63 and have owned countless vehicles and the worst have been American, sorry to say. I hadn't owned a US vehicle since 1970 and then came the Aerostar and I dropped that turd in 11 months.

        You can't really be defending our auto industry now can you? I'd buy the Ford Focus RS if they indeed sent or built that car here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @anotherview: You'll forgive me for suspecting that the 2 transmission and 1 engine failures on very new cars had less to do with the cars and more to do with you.

        Stories of initial failures of major drivetrain components on modern cars are few and far between. That you managed to have 3 fail on you like that is too much to be coincidental.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Worst 3 cars I have ever owned. 2009 WRX (blown motor at 6800 miles), 2004 Honda Accord (blown transmission at 9,000 miles), 2005 MINI Cooper S (failed seat heaters, radio, clutch, flywheel and throw out bearing at 7700 miles). Sold the MINI at 13,500 mile because the trans was failing. I have owned 23 cars and am 48 years old.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hot Pockets
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've always loved this video.

      Gets me everytime.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Unions are parasites that ultimately kill their hosts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And a parasite that kills its host isn't a very good parasite, is it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gaffigan is from northwest Indiana, the largest steel producing area of the nation. Saturns are/were made from plastic. As far as I can tell, Jeff is doing his proper duty to destroy the brand.

      USW District 7 4EVAR!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Who's Jeff?

        Does anyone have footage of the actual commercial?
      • 5 Years Ago
      My father-in-law worked at GM, leaving around the time Roger Smith started the idea of Saturn. He thought the whole brand was a waste of money. He thinks that GM could have better spent a chunk of the money on making a good Chevy and Pontiac compact.

      Why create a car line, SL and SC, to compete with the Cavalier and the Sunbird, when GM could have come out with revolutionary compacts at the bow tie and arrowhead divisions?

      The rest of the money should have been spent on getting GM dealerships spruced up and going to pay the sticker price (or at least no-haggle pricing) at Chevy, Pontiac, Olds, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC.

      He has a point. When my girlfriend, now wife, was shopping for a car, the salesman at the Pontiac dealer tried the high pressure, including the old line, "If you don't buy the car tonight, it might not be here tomorrow."

      At the Saturn dealer next door, the salesman was low-keyed and did nothing even close to a high-pressure tactic. Which is why she bought the Saturn.

      Here's the annoying factor. The dealerships were owned by the same person, and the sales manager at the Pontiac dealer, when I bought my Bonneville in 1990, had become the Saturn sales manager by 1992, when my wife bought her Saturn.

      When I took my Pontiac in for service, there was free coffee, and that was about it. If I took my wife's Saturn in, I was offered free coffee, espresso, latte, or soft drinks, as well as donut holes. And the TV was much bigger.

      If Roger Smith had made the Saturn dealer concept the norm for GM, GM probably would have been better off in the long run.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was sitting here for a minute trying to figure out what word 'recon' was referring too. (Besides, we recon that both Saturn fans and employees could use a bit of humor at a time like this.)

      I thought it was some hip new term/slang until I realized it was as simple as 'spell checker won't help you if your misspelled word is also word'.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah, i resisted the urge earlier to ask "how exactly was this reconnaissance carried out?"
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