Suddenly, Saturn's Orbit Is Getting Wobbly

Last summer, Saturn Corp. was selling so many cars that dealers literally ran out of them. Now, General Motors Corp.'s $5 billion small-car venture is faltering badly. From a peak of 24,862 units in June, sales plunged 42%, to 14,377 cars, in January. Saturn's inventory of unsold cars is a problem, too, jumping from 18 days in July to current levels of 100 days (charts). "The bloom is off the rose," complains one unhappy East Coast dealer.

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