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28Report: Smart looking to stem the gloom with first U.S. lease program

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14Detroit 2010: Smart USA's Jill Lajdziak says lifestyle message can boost sales

During the blur of the Detroit Auto Show this week, we checked in with fresh Smart USA president Jill Lajdziak to see what the boss has to say about her new job, sales of the fortwo in the U.S. and what's up with the all-electric Smart Ed. Lajdziak only recently joined up with Penske Automotive and Smart after spending time as general manager at Saturn. She was named to the top post just last week.

13Penske appoints Jill Lajdziak to run Smart USA, hopes to stem sales collapse

Just a few weeks ago, former Saturn general manager Jill Lajdziak was hired by Penske Automotive to head sales and marketing for its Smart USA operations. Now Lajdziak will take over the entire operation as the new president of Smart USA, replacing Dave Schembri, who held the post since its inception.

38Penske appoints Jill Lajdziak to run Smart USA hoping to stem sales collapse

Just a few weeks ago, former Saturn general manager Jill Lajdziak was hired by Penske Automotive to head sales and marketing for its Smart USA operations. Now, Smart has announced that Lajdziak will take over the entire operation as the new president of Smart USA, replacing Dave Schembri who has held the post since its inception.

7Retiring Saturn chief to take over SmartUSA sales and marketing

Saturn general manager Jill Lajdziak spent several months this summer and fall working closely with Roger Penske and his staff trying to iron out the details of a proposed purchase of the brand from General Motors. As we know, that deal fell apart when Renault's board of directors vetoed a deal to supply cars to a Penske-owned Saturn. When GM decided to shutter Saturn, Lajdziak announced that she would retire from General Motors at the end of this month.

45Retiring Saturn chief Lajdziak to take over Smart USA sales and marketing

Saturn general manager Jill Lajdziak spent several months this summer and fall working closely with Roger Penske and his staff, trying to iron out the details of the brand's proposed purchase from General Motors. As we all know, that agreement fell apart when Renault's board of directors vetoed a deal to supply cars to a Penske-owned Saturn. When GM decided to shutter Saturn, Lajdziak promptly announced that she would retire from General Motors at the end of this month.

63Saturn sends letter to faithful owners describing spin-off plan

Yesterday we told you about Saturn's proposed plan to become independent of General Motors. Today we have more details via a letter that Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak just sent to the brand's faithful owners that warns of changes to come. Using the company's "Different Kind of Car Company" tagline, she points out that Saturn has always sought to do things differently. Whether it's no-haggle shopping, dent-resistant cars or luxury-car levels of customer service in a mainstream dealership,

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