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Editorial: Saturn Fell Prey to GM, UAW Bungling

From the Detroit News: Prospects for GM's Saturn division dimmed with the Penske Automotive Group's failed bid to keep the nameplate's dealer network alive. But the division's problems began long before GM's bankruptcy and downsizing. GM management and the United Auto Workers union both sabotaged the ideas behind Saturn. The division began as a model for regaining market share from Japanese automakers, improving dealer service and reforming labor practices. With collaboration and more flexible work rules, a no-pressure dealer sales strategy and a peppier product made in a Spring Hill, Tennessee plant, Saturn could have helped spread reforms to other GM brands.

Saturn Couldn’t Escape GM’s Dysfunctional Orbit

Paul Ingrassia from the Wall Street Journal: General Motors and the United Auto Workers union have waged war against each other—sometimes hot, sometimes cold—for most of the past 80 years. One of the few things on which they collaborated, sadly, was undermining Saturn, which began as the boldest effort to reform the dysfunctional dynamics of their relationship.

Spring Hill Hopeful About Its Future, Saturn Will Continue to Have an Active Presence at Complex

Mike O'Rourke, president of UAW Local 1853, via the Tennessean: What we factually know is that the Spring Hill Manufacturing facility has been placed in GM's good-asset inventory and that, as of today, the Chevrolet Traverse, which currently is built in Spring Hill, is scheduled to move to Michigan in November.

GM Laying Off More Workers in Delaware

2009 Saturn Sky

Andrew Eder from the Delaware News Journal: In the midst of a fight for survival, General Motors Corp. is laying off more workers in Delaware as the automaker slows production at its Boxwood Road assembly plant. GM spokesman John Raut said 90 employees will be affected by a "re-rate" at the 62-year-old factory near Newport, where the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky are assembled.

Spring Hill Workers, Businesses Worry About Idle General Motors Plant

G. Chambers Williams III from the Tennessean: Another temporary closure of the GM plant here until at least February 9 has spread anxiety among workers and nearby business owners who rely on consumer spending by GM's local workers to bring profits to their stores.

Anger Grips Spring Hill Auto Workers

Peter Whoriskey from the Washington Post: As the workers and residents of this small town that launched the Saturn automobile see it, there are several villains in the collapse of the automakers' rescue plan. But what stuns many in this place defined by the GM auto plant and its 4,200 workers is that no person played a larger role in the demise of autoworker hopes than their own Senator Bob Corker, who is now regarded by some here with the kind of disdain reserved for traitors.

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.

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.

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GM Adds Third Shift at Three Plants

General Motors will add a third shift at its Fairfax, Kansas; Ft. Wayne, Indiana; and Lansing Delta Township, Michigan plants - restoring 2,400 jobs and enabling GM to increase its manufacturing plant utilization in the U.S.