SATURN

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.....
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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.
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Back around the middle 1950s, GM and Ford got together.GM had better management abilities and Ford had better manufacturing abilities. cuhulin
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On Fri, 10 Apr 2009 08:33:14 -0700, raamman rebooted the etch-a-sketch and scratched out:

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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