Marylanders who want to test drive a Saturn, the car that General Motors recently introduced to meet foreign competition, won't have to travel to Richmond, Va., to find the closest dealership much longer.
Work has already begun on the three Saturn dealerships scheduled to open in Maryland in February.
The site dedication of the Griffith Organization's Saturn of Glen Burnie was to take place today.
Saturn of Owings Mills will service the northern Baltimore area. The Reisterstown Road Saturn will be run by the Heritage Automotive Group, an Owings Mills-based company. Heritage officials could not be reached for comment, but the dealership's opening was confirmed by Nannette Wiatr, a Saturn spokesperson.
Another dealership will be located in Marlow Heights near Washington, Wiatr said.
More than 2,000 established dealerships nationwide expressed interest in obtaining a Saturn franchise, according to Wiatr. Only 123 were chosen to sell the car that General Motors hopes will put the American automobile industry back on its feet.