French automaker Renault SA could become a source for Saturn vehicles.
Renault confirms that it has been approached by Roger Penske, the pending owner of the Saturn brand and chairman of Penske Automotive Group, about a deal to supply vehicles and parts.
Frederique LeGreves, a spokeswoman for Renault in Paris, said any agreement between Renault and Penske would be a uniquely Renault deal and would not involve Renault's global partner, Nissan Motor Co.
She did not say whether Saturn-badged Renaults might be built in Europe, Brazil or Korea.
Penske said last week that he hopes to complete the purchase of Saturn from the old General Motors, which is still in bankruptcy, by the end of September.
Penske's acquisition does not include any manufacturing resources. He has to arrange to buy vehicles from other automakers.
Penske Automotive Group spokesman Tony Pordon declined to discuss the Renault proposal but said, "We're talking with lots of different manufacturers about producing vehicles and/or parts."
Penske's tentative agreement calls for GM to continue supplying vehicles to Penske for two years.
LeGreves said Renault's proposed role would be simply as a vehicle supplier "in a purely OEM deal."
Renault and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has used the phrase "OEM deal" to describe selling cars to competitors with no long-term strings attached.
For example, Nissan has an OEM deal in North America to provide Chrysler Group with the Nissan Tiida small car for sale by Chrysler in South America.