GM Adds a Month to Spring Hill Downtime

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Dan Strumpf from the Associated Press: As part of a larger General Motors Corp. production slowdown, a GM spokeswoman at Spring Hill says the plant will extend its downtime for the holidays by more than a month because of market conditions. Spring Hill plant spokeswoman Kate Neary said Friday that the holiday begins December 24 for GM's 3,481 employees at Spring Hill. She said production at the plant that makes the new Chevrolet Traverse had been set to resume January 5. That date has been moved to February 9. Neary said about two-thirds of employees are involved in production.

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Motor Trend reports in its September 2009 issue that Roger Penske ultimately plans to sell Saturn vehicles that are built in North America. The magazine speculates that next-generation Saturn vehicles will be based on Renault-Samsung-Nissan models, which will be built in Nissan North American factories that have excess, spare capacity.