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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With its turbocharged engine and sizzling yellow-to-red paint scheme, the Saturn SCX three-door coupe ignited the passion of performance-car enthusiasts. The SCX's 1.9-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine was modified by Saturn Motorsports of San Diego to yield an estimated 300 hp, more than double the engine's normal output in the Saturn SC2. Along with its hot engine, the SCX boasted a high level of handling and sporty appearance cues that reflected the car's performance capabilities.