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Old 12-04-2008, 09:12 PM   #1
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Mark Phelan, Auto Critic for the Detroit Free Press: Saturn was born in hope and hype nearly 25 years ago, but it presents General Motors Corp. with tough choices today as the automaker must scale back its money-losing operations and focus on other brands.

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Old 12-04-2008, 10:08 PM   #2
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I still can't understand GM's thinking here. Today, I was listening to a local Louisville Ky. talk radio program on WHAS 840AM. The host's name is Francine, she drives Saturns, and advertises for the local Saturn dealer there. She extolls the virtues of the cars regularly and really seems to like them. The topic was "The Big 3 Bailout--will it happen?" After several calls, the concensus was that Congress would have to bail them out or we could face a major depression. It was mentioned that of the 3, GM appeared to be in the worst shape; Ford basically wanted a line of credit they might not even have to use, Chrysler could probably go another 3-4 months without loans, but GM was headed for bankruptcy in less than a month. She commented that dropping Saturn,who by the way made some of the best cars-more fuel efficient and more hybrids than the other divisions was probably a poor decision. Later several callers commented that GM (and possibly the others) seemed to want the money to lay off workers, drop divisions and add to unemployment. Hows that going to be a positive solution? I agree with her on the Saturn part.

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Old 12-05-2008, 02:10 AM   #3
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The polymer, Spring Hill Saturn that I knew is dead. The new Saturn is just another GM brand. It needs to go. Hummer, Saab and Saturn are not making money for GM. Why in the world would you keep a brand that is not making money? GM is in business for one main reason, to make a profit. GM did a great job reinventing Cadillac, but they failed with Saturn. When they closed Spring Hill and took away the main selling point, polymer panels, they ended any hope for the struggling brand. GM turned off so many loyal, repeat, core customers when they decided it would be cheaper to end polymer. The truth is Saturn never regained the cult following it once had in the early 1990s, sad but true.

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Old 12-05-2008, 07:46 AM   #4
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The polymer, Spring Hill Saturn that I knew is dead. The new Saturn is just another GM brand. It needs to go. Hummer, Saab and Saturn are not making money for GM. Why in the world would you keep a brand that is not making money? GM is in business for one main reason, to make a profit. GM did a great job reinventing Cadillac, but they failed with Saturn. When they closed Spring Hill and took away the main selling point, polymer panels, they ended any hope for the struggling brand. GM turned off so many loyal, repeat, core customers when they decided it would be cheaper to end polymer. The truth is Saturn never regained the cult following it once had in the early 1990s, sad but true.
If anyone out there has ever worked for a large employer - they know that the best and brightest don't necessarily rise to the top.

It's sad. But the high management at GM just don't get it.

With Saturn, here we had a car brand that was going to take on the Japanese competition. GM made a special deal with the UAW. The UAW gave up much so that Saturn could be a success. But GM management blew it.

Saturn had a cult like following. Dedicated buyers. Saturn used to put on a big show every year in Spring Hill, TN - just for Saturn owners. What happened?

GM top management - making upwards of $20 million dollars a year - they didn't have a clue - about people who actually purchased the Saturn cars.

Too bad these idiots don't read history. Many nameplates have been lost because of CEO's and top management that just don't understand why people buy automobiles.

For you youngsters out there. Studebaker was a good car. Packard was a good car. Nash was a good car. Hudson's were legendary cars. People, running these companies just made poor decisions.

Sad to say, but GM just don't get it.

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if anyone out there has ever worked for a large employer - they know that the best and brightest don't necessarily rise to the top.

It's sad. But the high management at gm just don't get it.
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