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October 30, 1986 | Associated Press
General Motors' Saturn plant in Tennessee will open in 1990 with only about half the capacity and employment originally planned, but production will be increased later, Saturn Corp.'s chief said today. Saturn President Skip LeFauve also said the Saturn car will be larger than the subcompact originally planned. The company will employ roughly 3,000 workers and will initially be able to produce 200,000 to 250,000 cars a year at the start-up of the high-tech plant in Spring Hill, Tenn.
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BUSINESS
July 1, 1998 | From Associated Press
If you refuse to drive a Saturn, the best way to ensure a pleasant experience buying a new car is to go upscale: Luxury car dealers ranked the highest in J.D. Power & Associates' annual sales satisfaction survey released Tuesday. The survey ranked auto makers on how well their dealers satisfied customers in the purchase or lease transaction and in the delivery of the new car or truck. Saturn, the small-car unit of General Motors Corp., led the rankings for the fourth consecutive year.
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BUSINESS
February 25, 1985 | JAMES RISEN, Times Staff Writer
For the sleepy-eyed morning commuters who travel into Detroit on the gray and crumbling John C. Lodge Freeway, it must have come as quite a shock last week to find themselves suddenly confronted by a huge, full-color painting of the planet Saturn at one of the main exit ramps into the central city. The image of Saturn looming over downtown was put up on a billboard by the state of Missouri last week.
BUSINESS
February 17, 1998 | From Bloomberg News
United Auto Workers members at General Motors Corp.'s Saturn plant in Tennessee, where pay is falling because of slow sales, could soon scrap the innovative labor teams that are part of the unit's folksy advertising image. Saturn is unique within GM because of its extensive use of team-based labor groups, which give workers expanded responsibilities for monitoring quality and costs. Workers in Spring Hill, Tenn.
BUSINESS
May 11, 1991 | DONALD WOUTAT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saturn Corp., the new General Motors division that was created to make a high-quality car to compete with the Japanese, is replacing 1,836 vehicles that have suffered damage to their engine cooling systems because a faulty antifreeze was used at the factory. It is believed to be the industry's first mass replacement of defective cars. Saturn officials said they decided to give customers new cars rather than make repairs, in part because of the potential extent of the damage.
BUSINESS
September 2, 1992 | JAMES FLANIGAN
The current strike at General Motors marks a turning point for the giant company, for its successful new Saturn car and for its less than successful Chevrolet cars. In fact, the current dispute may be a turning point for American industrial renewal. That's how important and interlinked the issues are. The strike itself, over the displacement of 240 tool and die makers in Lordstown, Ohio, may end quickly.
BUSINESS
February 17, 1998 | From Bloomberg News
United Auto Workers members at General Motors Corp.'s Saturn plant in Tennessee, where pay is falling because of slow sales, could soon scrap the innovative labor teams that are part of the unit's folksy advertising image. Saturn is unique within GM because of its extensive use of team-based labor groups, which give workers expanded responsibilities for monitoring quality and costs. Workers in Spring Hill, Tenn.
BUSINESS
October 5, 1990
General Motors Corp. on Thursday announced an "aggressive pricing strategy and warranty package" for its long-awaited Saturn compact cars, with base prices for the new line starting at $7,995 and ranging up to $11,775 for a sporty, two-door coupe. The least expensive model, a four-door sedan, will get 37 miles per gallon of gasoline in highway driving and 27 miles per gallon in the city, GM said.
NEWS
January 8, 1985 | Associated Press
General Motors Corp. announced today that it will form a new subsidiary, Saturn Corp., to develop and market a new line of small cars in the United States. GM said Saturn will become its sixth automotive nameplate and the first new one since 1918, when Chevrolet joined Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick and Cadillac. More than a year ago, GM announced the formation of Project Saturn, in which the company planned to revolutionize the high-technology way it makes cars. GM Chairman Roger B.
BUSINESS
October 18, 1990
Orange County got its first glimpse of General Motors' much-ballyhooed new Saturn cars Wednesday. But they are small cars, and it was a very small glimpse. A truck carrying 11 of GM's American-made import-fighters dropped off just three of the cars at Saturn of Santa Ana before continuing its rounds.
BUSINESS
June 16, 1995 | From Times Wire Services
Saturn, General Motors Corp.'s car that doubles as its laboratory of change, took the top honors in J.D. Power & Associates' car sales satisfaction index for the first time, the surveyor said Thursday. Saturn dealerships' no-haggle pricing and low-key atmosphere earned the car a record score of 160 in the index, which measures buyer satisfaction with dealers and vehicles during the sales and delivery process.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1993 | SHARON MOESER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Saturn automobile dealership is slated to open as early as May at the Antelope Valley Auto Center in Palmdale, and the city also has a large shopping center on the way. The City Council, acting as the redevelopment agency, on Wednesday approved an agreement with Jerry Lockhart, a Las Vegas certified public accountant, for the opening of the popular General Motors subsidiary at the 65-acre auto center, which is only about 40% developed.
BUSINESS
September 2, 1992 | JAMES FLANIGAN
The current strike at General Motors marks a turning point for the giant company, for its successful new Saturn car and for its less than successful Chevrolet cars. In fact, the current dispute may be a turning point for American industrial renewal. That's how important and interlinked the issues are. The strike itself, over the displacement of 240 tool and die makers in Lordstown, Ohio, may end quickly.
BUSINESS
August 21, 1992 | From Associated Press
General Motors Corp. faces at least three potential strikes in the Midwest, including one in Ohio that could delay production of 1993 models of its showcase Saturn cars. The United Auto Workers served GM with a "five-day letter" Thursday over disputes at Local 1714, which represents 2,300 stamping plant workers in Lordstown, Ohio. The letter is a warning to the company that the local may strike in five business days. A walkout at the Ohio plant could begin next Thursday.
BUSINESS
May 11, 1991 | DONALD WOUTAT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saturn Corp., the new General Motors division that was created to make a high-quality car to compete with the Japanese, is replacing 1,836 vehicles that have suffered damage to their engine cooling systems because a faulty antifreeze was used at the factory. It is believed to be the industry's first mass replacement of defective cars. Saturn officials said they decided to give customers new cars rather than make repairs, in part because of the potential extent of the damage.
BUSINESS
October 18, 1990
Orange County got its first glimpse of General Motors' much-ballyhooed new Saturn cars Wednesday. But they are small cars, and it was a very small glimpse. A truck carrying 11 of GM's American-made import-fighters dropped off just three of the cars at Saturn of Santa Ana before continuing its rounds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1993 | SHARON MOESER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Saturn automobile dealership is slated to open as early as May at the Antelope Valley Auto Center in Palmdale, and the city also has a large shopping center on the way. The City Council, acting as the redevelopment agency, on Wednesday approved an agreement with Jerry Lockhart, a Las Vegas certified public accountant, for the opening of the popular General Motors subsidiary at the 65-acre auto center, which is only about 40% developed.
BUSINESS
July 1, 1998 | From Associated Press
If you refuse to drive a Saturn, the best way to ensure a pleasant experience buying a new car is to go upscale: Luxury car dealers ranked the highest in J.D. Power & Associates' annual sales satisfaction survey released Tuesday. The survey ranked auto makers on how well their dealers satisfied customers in the purchase or lease transaction and in the delivery of the new car or truck. Saturn, the small-car unit of General Motors Corp., led the rankings for the fourth consecutive year.
BUSINESS
October 5, 1990
General Motors Corp. on Thursday announced an "aggressive pricing strategy and warranty package" for its long-awaited Saturn compact cars, with base prices for the new line starting at $7,995 and ranging up to $11,775 for a sporty, two-door coupe. The least expensive model, a four-door sedan, will get 37 miles per gallon of gasoline in highway driving and 27 miles per gallon in the city, GM said.
NEWS
October 30, 1986 | Associated Press
General Motors' Saturn plant in Tennessee will open in 1990 with only about half the capacity and employment originally planned, but production will be increased later, Saturn Corp.'s chief said today. Saturn President Skip LeFauve also said the Saturn car will be larger than the subcompact originally planned. The company will employ roughly 3,000 workers and will initially be able to produce 200,000 to 250,000 cars a year at the start-up of the high-tech plant in Spring Hill, Tenn.
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