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October 26, 1990 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
General Motors Corp.'s answer to the Japanese finally went on sale Thursday. But despite all the hoopla and hyperbole, the Saturn automobile will be hard to come by for a while. In a series of coming-out parties, the new small cars--aimed at import-car buyers--were offered for sale at 29 dealerships in 10 states. The cars, which took seven years and $3.5 billion to develop, drew plenty of interested tire-kickers.
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AUTOS
November 8, 2006 | DAN NEIL
CONSIDER the beauty of the base hit. The pitch, the swing ... there! ... a skittering worm-burner between second and third, just beyond the shortstop's glove. Is there anything so majestically modest? No vainglorious windmilling for the fences. No manager's chicanery (the ignoble bunt or sac fly). The base hit is the game's fundamental increment. Car companies are like baseball teams. They love home runs. They need base hits.
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BUSINESS
July 27, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
General Motors Corp. faces a U.S. safety probe and a potential recall of 227,303 Saturn Vue sport utility vehicles because the rear suspension collapsed during federal rollover tests. The review covers 2002 through 2004 models, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. The suspension failure in both four- and two-wheel-drive 2004 Vues was the first in rollover driving tests added this year. The left rear wheel collapsed under the vehicle, NHTSA said.
AUTOS
October 25, 2006 | DAN NEIL
IT would be easy -- effortless, even-- to accuse GM of bad faith in the Saturn Vue Green Line, a maximally minimal venture in hybrid powertrain technology that would seem less about fuel economy and more about securing coveted hybrid badges on the doors (and the current $650 tax credit for buyers).
AUTOS
November 8, 2006 | DAN NEIL
CONSIDER the beauty of the base hit. The pitch, the swing ... there! ... a skittering worm-burner between second and third, just beyond the shortstop's glove. Is there anything so majestically modest? No vainglorious windmilling for the fences. No manager's chicanery (the ignoble bunt or sac fly). The base hit is the game's fundamental increment. Car companies are like baseball teams. They love home runs. They need base hits.
BUSINESS
January 22, 1998 | From Associated Press
Saturn Corp. said it is cutting production of its cars for the second time in less than four months, adjusting to soft sales it blames on the boom in sport-utility vehicles and minivans. The General Motors unit plans to cut annual production by 21,000 cars, or about 14%, spokesman Greg Martin said Wednesday. The reductions will begin next week and last through mid-April. Martin said none of the plant's 8,800 workers will be laid off and that there are no plans to cut shifts.
AUTOS
October 6, 2004 | Jim Mateja, Chicago Tribune
Saturn will use next year's auto-show circuit to let the public see at least two of three models that will expand its portfolio starting in 2006. The look into Saturn's future starts with the Detroit show in January, Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak says. Lajdziak said the three new vehicles will be in market segments Saturn is absent from and represent the beginning of its revitalization program.
BUSINESS
August 7, 1996 | From Times Wire Services
General Motors Corp., in a move to give loyal buyers a vehicle their families can grow into, said Tuesday that it will make a bigger version of its popular Saturn cars. It will be the first Saturn built outside the company's innovative assembly line at Spring Hill, Tenn., which cultivated an image of down-home workers who crafted a car as a team. The new Saturn, code-named Innovate, is to hit showrooms in 1999, and analysts said they doubt consumers will care where it is built.
BUSINESS
March 9, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Safety Agency Looks at 1992-93 Saturns: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it is investigating reports of an alleged engine mount failure in the General Motors Corp. cars. A spokesman for the agency said the preliminary investigation was opened last Wednesday after the NHTSA received three reports of failures.
BUSINESS
June 3, 1992 | JOHN O'DELL
The company that owns the rights to sell new Saturn automobiles in north Orange County has become the exclusive dealer for the entire county. Campbell Automotive Group, which has held Saturn's only county franchise since the territory from Irvine north was awarded in 1987, won the franchise for the southern half of the county last week.
BUSINESS
October 19, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
General Motors Corp. will invest about $3 billion in an effort to double sales of its Saturn division in three years, Vice Chairman Robert Lutz said. Saturn hopes to sell 400,000 vehicles in 2007 after adding a roadster, minivan and sport-utility vehicle. Saturn is expected to sell about 208,000 vehicles in the U.S. this year, 23% below last year's 271,157 and 27% below Saturn's 1994 peak.
AUTOS
October 6, 2004 | Jim Mateja, Chicago Tribune
Saturn will use next year's auto-show circuit to let the public see at least two of three models that will expand its portfolio starting in 2006. The look into Saturn's future starts with the Detroit show in January, Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak says. Lajdziak said the three new vehicles will be in market segments Saturn is absent from and represent the beginning of its revitalization program.
BUSINESS
July 27, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
General Motors Corp. faces a U.S. safety probe and a potential recall of 227,303 Saturn Vue sport utility vehicles because the rear suspension collapsed during federal rollover tests. The review covers 2002 through 2004 models, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. The suspension failure in both four- and two-wheel-drive 2004 Vues was the first in rollover driving tests added this year. The left rear wheel collapsed under the vehicle, NHTSA said.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2001 | TERRIL YUE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gordon Brown is eager for the newest sport-utility vehicle to hit the crowded SUV market late this year: the affable, affordably priced Saturn Vue. "There's an awful lot of interest in the Vue. We've been getting a lot of requests for information about it after people saw it at the L.A. auto show," said Brown, general manager of Saturn of Monrovia. "It's going to be nice to have an additional product." Saturn languished with just one model for its first 10 years as parent General Motors Corp.
BUSINESS
August 11, 2000 | Reuters
General Motors Corp.'s Saturn division, known for its no-haggle pricing policy, reclaimed the top spot in a customer sales satisfaction survey. Saturn rebounded from a drop to sixth place from first place last year to grab top honors in the annual J.D. Power & Associates survey, placing ahead of GM's Cadillac luxury brand and Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus, which tied for second, and Nissan Motor Co.'s Infiniti, in third.
BUSINESS
May 27, 2000
* General Motors Corp.'s Saturn unit said it is laying off 490 workers, or 20% of the employees, at a Delaware plant due to slow sales of the new L-series of sedans and wagons. It is the division's first-ever layoffs. * Guide to Our Staff: Need to reach Business section reporters or editors? A guide to the section's staff can be found at: http://www.latimes.com/bizstaff.
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January 29, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The thief struck silently but brazenly. Even after twice being caught and sent to prison, David Kelley returned to parking lots at Los Angeles International Airport. Day after day, he checked out Saturns, Toyotas, and Hondas that lacked alarms or other anti-theft devices, Los Angeles police said. He unlocked the doors using master keys he had filed down himself and drove away. Sometimes, he was lucky enough to find the parking lot's ticket tucked inside the glove compartment.
BUSINESS
December 16, 1999 | Dow Jones
Autobytel.com Inc., which operates an Internet car purchasing site, signed an agreement with General Motors Corp.'s Saturn Corp. unit to send inquiries for Saturn cars to the unit's Web site, rather than to a dealership. In a press release Wednesday, Autobytel.com said the agreement will result in more consumer inquiries to the car company's Web site, saturn.com.
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