Saturn of Ventura Workers Heartbroken Brand May End

Stephanie Hoops from Ventura County Star: It was the concept that hooked Jeanette Byrne when she began working with Saturn 16 years ago. "I'm building an American-made car for the American middle class," she said, recalling the feeling. "They used to say we drank the Saturn Kool-Aid — and we did. It was for us." Byrne, who today handles accounts receivable and payable at Saturn of Ventura, was sent twice in the early years to the Saturn assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tenn. She was impressed with the way things were being done by the company, from the environmentally friendly plant to the open communication among employees. But what really appealed to her was that customers came first. On Friday, Byrne choked up describing the close relationships that have developed over the years between customers and employees at Saturn of Ventura, the only Saturn dealership in Ventura County.

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After one year development, an Ohio company is now taking orders to convert a gasoline-powered Saturn Skys to 100% electric power. The company, Advanced Mechanical Products (AMP), is replacing the combustion drivetrain with electric motors, safe lithium batteries, and proprietary control software. "The prototype is in the final stage, and production will take place later this year, with deliveries beginning in 2009," said Jack Kuntz, AMP CEO.