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Sky Plant Spared Worst of Shutdown

From the News Journal: Joe Riccio, shop chairman for United Auto Workers Local 435, said workers at the Boxwood Road factory were upset that they first learned about the shutdowns from news reports. "We were worried that there was going to be a long, drawn-out shutdown over this thing," Riccio said.

GM Laying Off More Workers in Delaware

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Andrew Eder from the Delaware News Journal: In the midst of a fight for survival, General Motors Corp. is laying off more workers in Delaware as the automaker slows production at its Boxwood Road assembly plant. GM spokesman John Raut said 90 employees will be affected by a "re-rate" at the 62-year-old factory near Newport, where the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky are assembled.

Weekend Reading: 2009 Saturn Collection Brochure

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Sometimes when life gets hectic, its nice to sit back, relax, and enjoy a good book. If you've been following all of the news about the pending Saturn spin-off from General Motors, you're probably ready to take a break and immerse yourself into some material that reminds you of what may have piqued your interest in Saturn in the first place: its award-winning cars and crossovers.

Zippy Saturn Sky Deserves to Survive GM Woes

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Steven Cole Smith from the Orlando Sentinel: It's interesting that the test car, a 2009 Saturn Sky sports car, has only been on the market for a few years, but is the oldest product in the Saturn lineup. Based on the same platform as the similar Pontiac Solstice — another brand with an uncertain future — the Sky is a little more upscale than the Pontiac. New for 2009 in this particular model's trim package is a dark "ruby red" exterior with dark accent stripes on the hood and trunk. It's handsome but a bit understated, not a bad thing for a 260-horsepower sports car. It certainly drew more than its share of compliments.

Automotive News: European Strategy Seemed Sound

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David Sedgwick from Automotive News: I was a believer. I really thought Saturn could succeed - if only General Motors would Europeanize the brand. I saw the light - or so I thought - in 2004 during a GM press trip at a swanky resort in Fayence, a town near the French Riviera. I offered Bob Lutz some free advice: Borrow Opel's cars for the U.S. market.

GM Bowling Green Expansion on Hold

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Jere Downs from the Courier Journal: Plans announced last year to move 2,000 GM jobs from Wilmington, Delaware, to Bowling Green appear to be on hold, United Auto Workers Local 2164 President Eldon Renaud said yesterday. "The future does not look good for that right now," Renaud said in an interview of the plan to add the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky to the Corvette factory by 2012.

GM Has Allocated Funding for 2012-13 Saturn Vehicles

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Jamie LaReau from Automotive News: General Motors leaders told Saturn dealers today that funding has been allocated to build Saturn vehicles through 2012 and in some cases 2013. But they stopped short of saying Saturn would get new products and won't be killed. "We are still working through many options," but Saturn is "not going away in 30 days," said Todd Ingersoll, a Saturn dealer on the Franchise Operations Team who attended a Saturn dealer meeting at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in New Orleans.

GM Canada: Saturn Runs Rings Around Competition

Already offering the industry's freshest new vehicle line-up, Saturn is upping the ante yet again for 2009 with the planned addition of a third hybrid model and by offering its line-up of fuel efficient cars and crossovers at a price point designed to impress, all backed by Saturn's leading customer service and retail experience.

Saturn Sales Down in December, Year-Over-Year

The 2008 calendar year was a down year for Saturn, General Motors, and the auto industry as a whole. However, not all new was bad for Saturn. There were two significant bright spots: sales of Saturn's midsize Aura sedan and Vue compact sport-utility were virtually flat year-over-year.

GM Announces New 4.9% Loan Financing for Up to 60 Months on Select 2008 and 2009 Saturns

General Motors today announced new reduced rate 4.9% APR financing on select Saturns, and rates as low as 0% APR for up to 60 months on other select new GM cars and trucks. The reduced rate financing is available to qualified buyers today through January 5, 2009 on many 2008 and select 2009 model year vehicles.

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Next-Gen Ion Styling is... a 'Home Run'

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GM Vice Chairman of global product development, Bob Lutz, recently talked with Motor Trend magazine about the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky. Part of the discussion touched on GM's use of consumer clinics to judge upcoming future car designs. "We're dialing back on clinics when styling is a home run," Mr. Lutz told Motor Trend in their October 2005 issue.