General Motors to Commemorate Launch of Chevrolet Traverse at Spring Hill Plant

It's still strange for me to hear, read, or think about Saturn's former plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee building a non-Saturn product, but with the Lambda-based Chevy Traverse already shipping from the factory, I guess it's time for me to stop nostalgically living in the past.

According to an announcement released yesterday, General Motors is planning a big media event this week to officially "kick off the launch of the all-new Chevrolet Traverse in ceremonies commemorating the event at the GM Spring Hill Manufacturing Operations." Executive types from GM and the UAW, along with the Governor of Tennessee, will be on-hand to speak at the event. Also included in the plans is an invitation-only media "plant floor walking tour" of the facility with the Governor.

The news release makes reference to some key items that still identify the facility with Saturn, such as the plant's address (100 Saturn Parkway) and the Welcome Center situated off Route 31. The announcement makes no mention of what - if anything - is still featured inside the Welcome Center, or if the building will be used as a stage for some or all of the festivities. Saturn fans who were lucky enough at one time or another to have an opportunity to visit the plant would agree that the Welcome Center building - which was originally a horse stable on the property before Saturn bought the land - was a rather impressive museum that documented the history of Saturn. A number of the artifacts showcased in the building were reportedly moved into the General Motors Heritage Center in Detroit, Michigan.

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Lift the hood of any S-Series Saturn and you'll find what was the brand's tried-and-true 1.9L engine, or "power module" as it was called back in the day. Before the signature four-cylinder made its way into any Saturn, the engine was extensively tested in a variety of ways, including in two 1984 Chevy Cavaliers.