Flexibility Wasn't Enough for Former Tennessee Saturn Plant to Keep Building GM Vehicles

Aerial Photo of the Former Saturn Plant

Lindsay Chappell from Automotive News: Suppliers and workers at General Motors' assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, thought they had the inside track this summer when GM had to decide quickly where to build a new family of subcompact cars. The plant boasts a recent renovation, a history of good labor relations and the sort of innovative supplier-automaker partnership that automakers profess to seek. It wasn't enough. A plant in Orion Township, Michigan, got the nod. "A lot of us are still wondering how they made this decision," says Mike Herron, chairman of Spring Hill's UAW Local 1853. "Obviously, we're all hoping the best for Orion. But when you consider what we've achieved here, you have to wonder what it counted for."

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Video: Driving the Saturn Aura HCCI Prototype at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds

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From HighMileage.org: Adam Barrera and Vijay Ramappan test a Saturn Aura equipped with Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) on GM's super-secret Milford Proving Grounds. A Chevrolet Volt mule even makes a cameo appearance! See the annotations for important highlights and facts.