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November 7, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Saturn Plans 80 New Dealerships: Saturn Corp. plans to open 80 new dealerships over the next year, and its assembly plant will start round-the-clock production in January to supply them. Company spokeswoman Nanette Wiatr said General Motors Corp. had planned the expansion long before Saturn sales took off and some dealers sold more than twice their expected volume. "We've wanted to do this for a long time," she said. Saturn now has 221 outlets in 43 states.
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September 21, 2000 | Bloomberg News
General Motors Corp.'s Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., is offering incentives for early retirement, unpaid leaves or job sharing to as many as 420 union workers in an effort to cut costs. The plant employs about 7,500 people, including 6,000 United Auto Workers members. The Tennessean newspaper said the offers included $25,000 cash or a $15,000 vehicle voucher plus $10,000 cash. The move comes as sales of Saturn's S-series sedans, station wagons and coupes have fallen 18% so far this year.
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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.
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September 9, 1998 | Bloomberg News
United Auto Workers members overwhelmingly ratified an agreement that calls for General Motors Corp. to add as many as 1,000 jobs at its Saturn Corp. assembly plant in Tennessee, an increase of up to 14% from the current level, a union official said. The world's largest auto maker also agreed to build a new sport-utility vehicle at the Spring Hill, Tenn., factory beginning in 2001.
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March 20, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
General Motors Corp.'s Saturn Corp. discriminated against injured workers by forcing them to rotate through different jobs, a federal jury ruled Friday in a decision that could force revisions in the car maker's innovative labor policies. More than 50 current or former employees with work-related injuries had sued Saturn, claiming its policy of making them rotate jobs like other workers violated the Americans With Disabilities Act. A U.S. District Court jury in Columbia, Tenn.
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December 15, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
General Motors Corp.'s Saturn Corp. division on Monday named Cynthia M. Trudell chairman and president, making the 44-year-old executive one of the highest-ranking women in the auto industry. She succeeds the retiring Donald W. Hudler, who will lead Saturn Retail Enterprises, a newly formed unit that will own and operate some Saturn dealerships. Trudell becomes the third president in Saturn's 14-year history.
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November 6, 1994 | DONALD W. NAUSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A decade ago when General Motors Corp.'s then-chairman, Roger B. Smith, announced the formation of Saturn Corp., he declared that the small-car venture was "the key to GM's long-term competitiveness." Smith, who was given to fits of hyperbole about the future, retired in 1990 with a tidy pension and tarnished reputation shortly after driving the first Saturn off the assembly line here. Today, GM is still struggling to become competitive and make money in the U.S. auto business.
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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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December 20, 1999 | From Associated Press
Auto workers overwhelmingly approved a new contract Sunday with General Motors' Saturn Corp. that would alter the risk-reward arrangement that helped make Saturn "a different kind of car company." Union workers voted 2,220 to 271 for the four-year contract covering Saturn's 7,200 workers in Spring Hill and about 100 at the company's engineering center in Madison Heights, Mich. The contract is much closer to those negotiated by the union for other U.S. auto workers, according to UAW Local 1853.
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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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July 1, 1999 | DONALD W. NAUSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With its arrival nearly a decade ago as General Motors Corp.'s small-car import fighter, Saturn Corp. successfully marketed itself as "a different kind of company, a different kind of car." While its sedans, coupes and wagons are hardly exceptional, they are competent enough and made Saturn a serious small-car competitor known for its consumer-friendly buying process and homespun image.
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March 30, 1999 | PAUL DEAN, TIMES AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
Saturn Corp., dogged by slipping sales and a solitary line of aging subcompacts, will unveil its first mid-size sedan Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show. The debut of the 2000 L-Series sedan and wagon, which go on sale in July, comes at a time of unusual turmoil for Saturn, the small-car unit of General Motors Corp. and a onetime pioneer in new technologies, no-dicker pricing and freer labor-management relations.
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March 20, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
General Motors Corp.'s Saturn Corp. discriminated against injured workers by forcing them to rotate through different jobs, a federal jury ruled Friday in a decision that could force revisions in the car maker's innovative labor policies. More than 50 current or former employees with work-related injuries had sued Saturn, claiming its policy of making them rotate jobs like other workers violated the Americans With Disabilities Act. A U.S. District Court jury in Columbia, Tenn.
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February 25, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
United Auto Workers members, in an apparent rebuke to innovative labor-management relations at Saturn Corp., voted to replace Michael Bennett, the union leader in the plant since the mid-1980s. Bennett will be replaced as bargaining chairman of UAW Local 1853 at Saturn by Robert "Jeep" Williams, who serves as the local's vice president.
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December 17, 1998 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pioneering auto dealer John B.T. Campbell has agreed to sell his Orange County Saturn franchise, including three existing dealerships and two in the planning stages, to the auto maker's new retailing arm. He is the first California Saturn dealer to sell to the company since Saturn announced last week that it is buying back dealerships to improve its competitive position.
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December 17, 1998 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pioneering auto dealer John B.T. Campbell has agreed to sell his Orange County Saturn franchise, including three existing dealerships and two in the planning stages, to the auto maker's new retailing arm. He is the first of California's Saturn dealers to sell to the company since it announced last week that it is buying back dealerships to improve its competitive position.
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