I just read an interesting artilcle in NEWSWEEK.
They detail how the SATURN brand started out
with such high hopes, but then indifference from
GM headquarters jus let the brand go to hell.
The UAW had given SATURN a sweetheart contract.
But once they saw that management didn't care,
then they didn't care either.
SATURN was going to be GM's response to the imports.
But GM never stayed with their intentions....
When you read of the many management blunders,
and all the while, "management" kept drawing salary......
It IS sickening.....
not to mention the workers who were part of a unique relationship with
that division, as the customers too who bought into the different kind
of car company slogan with each saturn purchase or lease.One of the
real turning points besides the elimination of the ev1, was the
elimination of the polymer body panels- instead of going forward with
a new idea, a longer lasting rust-proof dent resistant car gm took the
short cut to gouge it's customers by seling more fragile parts. saturn
would have been the strongest division in the gm fold today if they
didn't kill it then.
On Fri, 10 Apr 2009 08:33:14 -0700, raamman rebooted the etch-a-sketch and
yeah, it was cool buying a saturn four years ago. We got the polymer
panels and evena phone call from the forewoman on the assembly line who
asked if everything worked on the car.
My wife still drives it, and it has been a 100% trouble-free car (even
with a Honda engine) but I'd be more inclined now to look at other makes
or even brands when buying a new car.
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