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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The Hybrids are Coming, the Hybrids are Coming!

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If you're in the market for a new Saturn hybrid vehicle, you're in luck. The redesigned 2008 Vue Green Line and Aura Green Line hybrids, which have been MIA on showroom floors this model year, are finally about to start to arriving on retailer lots. A supplier issue that had been speculated as the root cause was apparently the reason for the delay.