Manufacturing

GM Adds a Month to Spring Hill Downtime

Aerial Photo of the Former Saturn Plant

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.

GM Announces Significant Production Cuts for Q1 2009

General Motors announced today a significant reduction of planned production for the first quarter of 2009 due to the ongoing and severe drop in industry sales, which were down 36% in November overall and 41% for GM (2007 vs. 2008). The impact of these and recently announced actions to adjust production with market demand, will result in the temporary idling of approximately 30% of GM's North American assembly plant volume during the first quarter of 2009 and will remove approximately 250,000 units from production.

Flashback Friday: More Saturn "Did You Know?" Facts

Question Mark

A few weeks ago, in another episode of "Flashback Friday," I posted some not-so-well-known Saturn trivia bits. Folks seemed to enjoy taking a look back at Saturn while testing their knowledge of both the company and cars of yesterday. As a result of the feedback, I've compiled another list of "Did You Know?" Saturn trivia facts for your viewing pleasure.

Owner Story: My Spring Hill Homecoming... 14 Years Too Late

Spring Hill Barn

I had a rare opportunity to visit the Spring Hill assembly plant this week. This was business and technical trip - not a tour. As I understand it, they are no longer giving tours. Perhaps that will change when the new SUV type vehicle (Chevrolet Traverse) makes it to mass market. I can't say I was excited to see the new vehicle, but I'm really biased toward plastic Saturns.

Sky Plant to be Shutdown for Five Weeks Due to Slumping Demand

2009 Saturn Sky

The Detroit News reported on Friday that General Motors plans to temporarily close its Wilmington, Delaware manufacturing facility for five weeks beginning today due to slow sales of the Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice roadsters. The plant also builds the Opel GT and Daewoo G2X, which are exported for sale overseas.

Flashback Friday: 1993 Saturn Shortage

Flashback Friday: 1993 Saturn Shortage

Back in the early days, Saturn was a bit of a phenomenon. As a new brand on the automotive landscape with a new way of doing business, folks came from miles around to check out their relatively unknown lineup of Tennessee-built plastic-bodied small cars. The trouble was that after kicking the tires and taking one for a spin around the block, customers usually wanted to buy one.

General Motors to Commemorate Launch of Chevrolet Traverse at Spring Hill Plant

It's still strange for me to hear, read, or think about Saturn's former plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee building a non-Saturn product, but with the Lambda-based Chevy Traverse already shipping from the factory, I guess it's time for me to stop nostalgically living in the past.

Automotive News: Next-Generation Saturn Astra to be Built in Mexico

Next-Generation Saturn Astra?

Earlier this month, Automotive News reported that production of the next Saturn Astra will move from Antwerp, Belgium to San Luis Potosi, Mexico when it arrives for the 2011 model year. "General Motors hopes to dodge the weak dollar that inflated the price of the current Saturn Astra compact with the next-generation model," said trade magazine.

Flashback Friday: the "Trendsetting" Spring Hill Manufacturing Complex

Aerial Photo of the Former Saturn Plant

As part of its look back on General Motors' past 100 years, Assembly Magazine recently profiled what it considered to be "four trendsetting GM facilities that have opened in the United States since Richard Nixon was president." Among the plants discussed was the former Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. This "new kind of assembly plant" run by GM's different kind of car company, incorporated some of the best features from factories around the world, and offered some very unique innovations of its own. Many of the lessons learned in Spring Hill have been adopted in other newer GM plants, like the Lansing Delta Township factory in Michigan where the Saturn Outlook is made.

GM's Fairfax Plant Revs Up for Fuel-Efficient Aura, Changeover to '09 Model Planned for Tomorrow

The Kansas City Business Journal reports that General Motors is planning to start building the 2009 Saturn Aura beginning this Friday. In addition, the plant been given approval to work overtime to increase production. For '09, the 2.4L Aura will offer customers a class-leading 33 mpg EPA fuel economy rating.

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The Saturn of 2008 is not quite what Roger Smith, a former GM chairman, had in mind when he launched the brand in 1985 with the promise of "a different kind of company, a different kind of car." GM initially hoped to encourage fresh thinking at its newest brand by giving Saturn more autonomy than such GM stalwarts as Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac.