Manufacturing

With Battery Issues Resolved, Saturn Ramps Up Production of Vue Hybrid

For the past several months, Saturn has been struggling with battery issues brought on by a supplier that hampered production of its popular 2008 hybrid models.

Analyst: Production of Next-Gen Saturn Astra, Chevy Cobalt Moving to Mexico

General Motors executives have been implying for awhile that production of the next-generation Saturn Astra would move to North America when the new model debuts in 2010. What's been up for debate has been the identity of manufacturing facility where the new model would be built. As of today, it looks like the debate is finally over.

Kansas City Aura Plant Approves GM Contract

The UAW strike that brought Saturn's Aura midsize sedan to a screeching halt earlier this month is finally over. "We're certainly happy to be able to resume production of the Malibu and Aura," GM spokesman Dan Flores told the Detroit News in an article earlier today.

GM's Delta Plant Increases Crossover Production

With UAW members back at at work after a month-long strike at the Lansing Delta Township plant, the Detroit News reports that GM is looking to boost production of the popular Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave crossovers in an effort to rebuild inventory.

GM and UAW Reach Pact to End Strike at Outlook Plant

Lansing Delta Township Plant

The Detroit Free Press reports that workers at GM's Lansing Delta Township manufacturing facility in Michigan, where the Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave are built, could be back to work building new vehicles again as early as Monday next week. Production of the popular large crossover models stopped April 17th when workers went on strike over several unresolved local plant issues.

'09 Saturn Start of Production Dates

General Motors' Canadian Fleet and Commercial website has published a tentative schedule reflecting the company's planned changeover to 2009 models. The start of production dates for all Saturn models, except the Astra compact hatchback, have been listed. Build dates for the '09 Saturn Astra are unknown at this time, but they will be posted when they become available.

More Six-Speed Automatics Coming as GM Announces Plan to Close 4-Speed Transmission Plant

Following discussions during ongoing contract bargaining with the CAW, General Motors of Canada recently announced the Windsor Transmission plant will cease operation in the second quarter of 2010. This is when current 4-speed front wheel drive transmission production mandates are completed.

UAW Strike Hits Saturn Aura Plant

Workers at General Motors' Fairfax plant where the Saturn Aura and Chevrolet Malibu went on strike this morning because of a breakdown in discussions about local plant issues. "We are obviously disappointed that UAW Local 31 took strike action at Fairfax Assembly," says Dan Flores, a spokesman for GM told USA Today.

Production of '09 Saturn Outlooks Start in June

Car and Driver reports that Saturn will changeover production of its eight-passenger Outlook crossover utility to new 2009 models in June. Among the changes is a new 3.6L V6 powerplant with direction injection (DI) that will reportedly deliver some terrific fuel economy figures.

Plant Talks Continue Past Strike Deadline

The Kansas City Star reports that workers at General Motors' Fairfax Assembly Plant at agreed to work past a previously set Friday afternoon strike deadline. "The UAW has agreed to give a 12-hour notice prior to any strike action," Ben Ippolito, the GM Fairfax plant spokesman told the paper. "GM remains committed to bargaining in good faith and reaching an agreement as soon as possible."

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Breaking News: Congress, White House Move Toward Deal for Big Three Automakers

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News reports tonight indicate that an agreement has been reached in an effort to save the U.S. automakers. "Jolted by the loss of thousands of jobs, congressional Democrats and the White House reached for agreement Friday on about $15 billion in bailout loans for the beleaguered auto industry," said MSNBC on its website.