SaturnFans.com
what's new (beta) - classifieds - forums - photos


Go Back   SaturnFans.com Forums > Categories > General Saturn Discussion
Register FAQ Members List Groups Calendar Chat Room Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-09-2009, 10:09 PM   #1
Charlie
Administrator
Charlie has a brilliant futureCharlie has a brilliant futureCharlie has a brilliant futureCharlie has a brilliant futureCharlie has a brilliant futureCharlie has a brilliant futureCharlie has a brilliant futureCharlie has a brilliant futureCharlie has a brilliant futureCharlie has a brilliant futureCharlie has a brilliant future
 
Charlie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: USA
Posts: 3,789
 

2008 Outlook XR
2005 VUE Red Line
Default The Grand Saturn Experiment Continues to Evolve

A new feeditems entry has been added:

[drupal=3128]The Grand Saturn Experiment Continues to Evolve[/drupal]

Quote:
Jeff Bodary from the Examiner: Previously I discussed the idea of a business model that separates manufacturing from retailing and distribution. It puts all marketing responsibilities in the hands of the distribution channel and essentially sub-contracts vehicle manufacturing out to one or more automakers.

...
2008 Saturn Outlook XR
2005 VUE Red Line
2002 L300 (sold)

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to Charlie's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help Charlie reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
Charlie is offline   Reply With Quote
SaturnFans.com Sponsored Links
Old 06-10-2009, 12:23 AM   #2
VTHokie00SL2
Master Member
VTHokie00SL2 will become famous soon enoughVTHokie00SL2 will become famous soon enough
 
VTHokie00SL2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 4,060
 
Default

The image of the brand was one of being American. How is outsourcing manufacturing to companies around the globe preserving that image?

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to VTHokie00SL2's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help VTHokie00SL2 reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
VTHokie00SL2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2009, 12:05 PM   #3
Robor007
Advanced Member
Robor007 is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Palm Harbor, FL (US)
Posts: 946
 

2008 Astra XR
Default Re: The Grand Saturn Experiment Continues to Evolve

Quote:
Originally Posted by VTHokie00SL2 View Post
The image of the brand was one of being American. How is outsourcing manufacturing to companies around the globe preserving that image?
Excellent point, Hokie. I know when I was looking for a replacement for my VW I didn't look at this brand or that brand based on where they were made but what suited me best. As it turns out it was a Saturn made in Belgium. At least the money stayed here in the US though, right?

...
2008 Astra XR3 door 5sp - Silver Sand with premium trim, 18" rims, and advanced audio. (new owner as of 12/15)

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to Robor007's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help Robor007 reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
Robor007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2009, 07:33 PM   #4
eRic 02sc2
Super Member
eRic 02sc2 has a spectacular aura abouteRic 02sc2 has a spectacular aura about
 
eRic 02sc2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Closed Course. Professional Driver.
Posts: 14,543
 
Default Re: The Grand Saturn Experiment Continues to Evolve

terrible idea. what made a Saturn a Saturn in the first place was they built them from raw materials in Spring Hill. Saturn has lost its identity. it's like they want to turn it into the Walmart of auto brands.

...
eRic 02sc2
DR SCCA Solo 2001,2002 1st DSP
WHRRi 2007,2010 Fun Run 1st
DR SCCA 2008 Triathalon 1st PF
DR SCCA Solo 2009 2nd ST
DR SCCA Solo 2010 1st ST
Crutchfield: pkeqe-6j8e3-d2qqe

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to eRic 02sc2's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help eRic 02sc2 reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
eRic 02sc2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2009, 09:43 PM   #5
VTHokie00SL2
Master Member
VTHokie00SL2 will become famous soon enoughVTHokie00SL2 will become famous soon enough
 
VTHokie00SL2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 4,060
 
Default Re: The Grand Saturn Experiment Continues to Evolve

You know, I don't even mind global platforms, like the Opel Vectra platform for example which exists here as the Aura, Malibu, and several other vehicles. But what I don't want to see is all engineering and manufacturing capability lost in this country while we import vehicles from foreign based manufacturers, particularly those based in nations like China where there exists an oppressive Communist regime and where environmental standards and worker protections are practically nonexistent.

As for the idea of turning Saturn into a retail outlet that sells a hodgepodge of products from various suppliers, I think it'll be tough to build a solid reputation that way, unless quality and reliability are consistent across the board.

...
Celebrity Eurosport.
When the road gets a little nervous, take one of these.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to VTHokie00SL2's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help VTHokie00SL2 reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
VTHokie00SL2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2009, 10:28 PM   #6
Kooler King
Advanced Member
Kooler King is on a distinguished road
 
Kooler King's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 869
 

2008 AURA XE
Default Re: The Grand Saturn Experiment Continues to Evolve

If not Wal-Mart, then maybe Billy Mays can sell Saturns with his TV ads?

- If you don't like not having plastic bodies ... we'll give you a "Ding King"

- If your Saturn gets dirty, we'll throw in a box of "Oxy Clean"

- Break off your shifter knob, we'll fix it for you with "Mighty Putty"


" ... but wait there's more, order a new Outlook, and we'll throw in an Astra for free ... you only pay shipping & handling ..."

no wait, it's all a sham ... wow!

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to Kooler King's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help Kooler King reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
Kooler King is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2009, 10:58 PM   #7
VTHokie00SL2
Master Member
VTHokie00SL2 will become famous soon enoughVTHokie00SL2 will become famous soon enough
 
VTHokie00SL2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 4,060
 
Default Re: The Grand Saturn Experiment Continues to Evolve

I'd pay $19.95 for a Saturn! Well, actually maybe not, but I'd gladly pay $19.95 to not hear Billy Mays shouting at me!

...
Celebrity Eurosport.
When the road gets a little nervous, take one of these.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to VTHokie00SL2's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help VTHokie00SL2 reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
VTHokie00SL2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2009, 07:23 PM   #8
themrfreeze
Member
themrfreeze is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 152
Default Re: The Grand Saturn Experiment Continues to Evolve

Quote:
Originally Posted by VTHokie00SL2 View Post
But what I don't want to see is all engineering and manufacturing capability lost in this country while we import vehicles from foreign based manufacturers
I don't think that most people in this country would buy a car made in China...at least not at this moment in time. However, how much of a difference is there REALLY between what GM does now, and what Saturn *may* do in the future? Some of GM's cars are designed and built in the US. Others designed here, built in Mexico. Still others designed and built in Korea, designed and built in Europe, or designed in Europe and built here. The cars all, however, have a GM badge on them, and the US system of sales and service stands behind them.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to themrfreeze's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help themrfreeze reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
themrfreeze is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Saturn Experiment Yielded 25 Years of Innovation Charlie General Saturn Discussion 6 10-15-2009 12:52 PM
Saturn Retailers to Evolve, Survive Charlie General Saturn Discussion 0 03-05-2009 12:49 AM
The Saturn Experiment Ken Baker General Saturn Discussion 12 01-16-2005 11:55 AM
GM ends Saturn experiment AdamM General Saturn Discussion 18 10-09-2004 08:37 PM
Good By To Saturn, Hello Grand Am Bill Williams General Saturn Discussion 22 03-19-2002 01:27 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:29 AM.

Advanced Forum Search | Advanced Photo Search


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SaturnFans.com. The Saturn Enthusiasts Site.