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Encyclopedia > Saturn Corporation
Saturn Corporation
Type Wholly-owned subsidiary
Founded January 7, 1985
Headquarters Detroit, Michigan, United States
Industry Automobile
Parent General Motors
Slogan Rethink.
Website www.saturn.com

Saturn Corporation is (a) division of General Motors (GM) and a brand of automobiles. It was established on January 7, 1985 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of GM, and is active almost exclusively in the United States and Canada. GM began manufacturing Saturn automobiles in 1990, largely in response to the success of Japanese small-car imports in the United States.[1] During the first decade of the 21st century, GM has moved the brand upmarket, to the mid-price segment that was once occupied by Oldsmobile and has positioned it as the company's "green" brand; touting fuel efficient hybrids and crossovers. Saturn is currently becoming the US brand for Opel vehicles, similar to Vauxhall Motors in the UK. The S-Series was part of a family of compact cars from the Saturn automobile company. ... Image File history File links Saturns present logo This work is copyrighted. ... A subsidiary, in business, is an entity that is controlled by another entity. ... is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Detroit redirects here. ... Car redirects here. ... For the band, see Big Brother and the Holding Company. ... General Motors Corporation, also known as GM, is a multinational corporation headquartered in the United States and has been the worlds largest and most dominant automaker since 1931 till the second half of 2007, surpassed by Toyota; as well as the global industry sales leader for 77 years. ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), also known as GM, is an American automobile maker with worldwide operations and brands including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saturn, Saab and Vauxhall. ... Car redirects here. ... is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... A subsidiary, in business, is an entity that is controlled by another entity. ... Oldsmobile is a brand of automobile produced for most of its existence by General Motors. ... This article is about the European car manufacturer. ... For information about the football team see Vauxhall Motors F.C. Vauxhall Motors is a UK car company. ...

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History

Saturn was named after the rocket that took American astronauts to the moon and not after the planet.[1]. Saturn's motto was initially "A different kind of company, a different kind of car," [2] but has changed several times throughout its history. Drawing from experiences gained through its NUMMI and CAMI Automotive joint ventures, GM organized the Saturn Corporation differently from their existing divisions, attempting to emulate the Japanese management techniques, which emphasize quality control and high product reliability. At Saturn, union workers would have more control[2] and involvement in the plant. The SA-9 (Saturn I Block II), the eighth Saturn I flight, lifted off on February 16, 1965. ... For other uses, see Astronaut (disambiguation). ... This article is about the planet. ... New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. ... CAMI Automotive is an independently incorporated joint venture of automobile manufacturing in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada and formed the third step of GMs three-pronged initiative of the mid-1980s to capture and practice the Japanese mystique of automotive management. ... For the Jurassic 5 album, see Quality Control (album) In engineering and manufacturing, quality control and quality engineering are involved in developing systems to ensure products or services are designed and produced to meet or exceed customer requirements. ... Reliability concerns quality or consistency. ...


The Saturn Corporation also created its own distribution network from scratch, which was both independent and different from those used by older GM divisions. There was much emphasis put on the quality of customer service, with insights drawn from travel and hospitality as well as consumer retail industries, rather than traditional automotive sales.[citation needed] The uniqueness of Saturn's distribution network was emphasized by referring to what would usually be called "dealers" as "retailers", and conversely "retail facilities" in lieu of "dealerships". Such "retail facilities" served non-competing "market areas". They are noted for their no-haggle pricing, where the cars are sold at their exact sticker price, their no-pressure sales environments, and professional sales staff.[3] The Saturn Corporation strove to build a community spirit among their customers by hosting annual "homecoming" events at its former Spring Hill, Tennessee manufacturing plant, as well a day-to-day special events in retail settings. Spring Hill is a city in Tennessee, United States, located approximately 30 miles (48 km) south of Nashville. ...


Saturn values were initially communicated through image advertising created by the Hal Riney advertising agency. Hal Riney (born 1932) is an American advertising executive and founder of Publicis & Hal Riney. ... An advertising agency or ad agency is a service business dedicated to creating, planning and handling advertising (and sometimes other forms of promotion) for its clients. ...


The Saturn Corporation began in December 1982 with a group of 99 people from various aspects of the automotive industry. Everyone from production and assembly, design and prototyping, sales and finance, as well as the corporate "white collar" positions, were represented in this group called "the 99." Originally, there were 100, but one dropped out, thus becoming "the 99."


Nevertheless, from the business point of view, the Saturn Corporation never proved successful. In 1993, Saturn announced its first profitable quarter, and later, its first profitable year.[4][5] However, there is no evidence that GM has ever recouped its massive investment in the company.[6][7] In any case, the company struggled so much that, in the new millennium, it was decided to integrate the company into the GM infrastructure in 2003, with Bob Lutz aiming to bring the brand closer to its GM European franchise, Opel. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bob Lutz may refer to: Bob Lutz (tennis player) Bob Lutz, current CEO of General Motors This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... This article is about the European car manufacturer. ...


General Motors even chose west-coast Saturn retailers to lease and service the short-lived and highly politicized electric car, the EV1, in the mid 1990's. The EV1 was the first electric car produced by General Motors in the United States. ...


Saturn's headquarters, retail employee training facility and primary manufacturing facility were originally located in Spring Hill, Tennessee. The facility was chosen in 1985, after a highly publicized nationwide search for a site. The Spring Hill facility was shutdown after the end production of the Saturn ION concluded at the end of March 2007. The plant has been retooled and is scheduled to assemble the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse. Spring Hill Manufacturing is a General Motors factory in Spring Hill, Tennessee. ... Spring Hill is a city in Tennessee, United States, located approximately 30 miles (48 km) south of Nashville. ... This article is about the U.S. state of Tennessee. ... The Chevrolet Traverse is an upcoming crossover SUV built on the GM Lambda platform the underpins the GM triplets Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave. ...


Saturn was originally established as a fully owned, but independently administered subsidiary of General Motors, with GM executive Bill Hoglund at its helm. It was hoped that lessons learned from Saturn would trickle down to the rest of General Motors to make them more competitive against foreign automakers and improve labor relations.[8] In the 2000s, Saturn has been gradually losing its autonomy; new models, for example, do not utilize polymer side panels and are derivatives of other GM models. Production has since been moved to other GM plants. Production of Saturn vehicles at the Tennessee facility ceased on March 30, 2007.[9] Initially, the Saturn Corporation was headed by a president who consulted with a Union local counterpart and reported to the GM Board of Directors. As the role of Saturn changed within General Motors, the chief executive role was shifted to be a Vice President of Sales, Service and Marketing. Since 2005, Jill Lajdziak, previously a VP of Sales, Service and Marketing, has been the General Manager of Saturn, who reports to the Vice President of the GM Small Car Group. General Motors Corporation, also known as GM, is a multinational corporation headquartered in the United States and has been the worlds largest and most dominant automaker since 1931 till the second half of 2007, surpassed by Toyota; as well as the global industry sales leader for 77 years. ... General Motors Corporation, also known as GM, is a multinational corporation headquartered in the United States and has been the worlds largest and most dominant automaker since 1931 till the second half of 2007, surpassed by Toyota; as well as the global industry sales leader for 77 years. ... Jill Lajdziak at the wheel of the Saturn Sky concept Jill Lajdziak (pronounced La-Jek[1]) is the General Manager of General Motors Saturn division. ...


Saturn is known for its company-wide "no-haggle" sales philosophy. Saturn dealers (called "retailers" by the company) are encouraged to sell vehicles at listed MSRP price. Customer satisfaction with dealer service is among the highest of any car brand in the US.[10] The company also won praise for its environmentally conscious manufacturing processes and for its innovations such as using flexible plastic side panels on its cars to avoid minor dents.[11] However, in 2005, the Saturn Relay became the first Saturn vehicle without polymer side paneling. The Saturn Relay was built in the Doraville, Georgia production facility, which also manufactured Chevrolet Venture and Chevrolet Uplander minivans. The lack of polymer side paneling in Saturn Relay production has carried over to all new vehicles released from the 2007 model year forward. The (manufacturers) suggested retail price (MSRP or SRP), list price or recommended retail price (RRP) (originally, Monroney suggested retail price) of a product is the price the manufacturer recommends that the retailer sell it for. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Chevrolet Venture was a minivan produced by General Motors from the 1997 to 2005 model years. ... Chevrolet Uplander LS SWB The Chevrolet Uplander is a minivan introduced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors, replacing the Venture and Astro. ... It has been suggested that Mini MPV be merged into this article or section. ...


Slogans

  • 1985
    • "What Kind Of Car Is That? It's A Saturn!"
  • 1989-1994:
    • "A Different Kind of Car Company" (US)
    • "We've reinvented the automobile." (Canada)
  • 1994-2002: "A Different Kind of Company, A Different Kind of Car."
  • 2002-2004: "It's Different in a Saturn"
  • 2004-2006: "People First"
  • 2006-2007: "Like Always. Like Never Before."
  • 2007-present:
    • Formerly "Rethink American.", later "Rethink." (US)
    • "Like Always. Like Never Before.", later "Rethink." (Canada)
    • "Passion for the Road." (Spanish-speaking US slogan)

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Products

The company's products used a dedicated platform called the Z-body and a dedicated engine, the 1.9 L Saturn I4 engine, and a dedicated plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. All of the original Saturns featured dent-resistant plastic body panels which were also touted as allowing the company to change the look of the vehicles at will. However, in practice, the company did not take advantage of this capability often. The Z-body was Saturns automobile platform from its debut in 1990. ... The Saturn automobiles introduced in 1990 used a completely new straight-4 engine. ... The S-Series was part of a family of compact cars from the Saturn automobile company. ...


The first real change came with the 2000 Saturn L-Series mid-size car. It shared the GM2900 platform with the Opel Vectra, along with its engine, and was built at a GM factory in Wilmington, Delaware. The Saturn Sky is now being produced in the Wilmington facility along with the essentially identical Opel GT and closely related Pontiac Solstice. Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The Saturn L-Series was a line of automobiles sold by General Motors Saturn marque. ... A mid-size car, frequently referred to as an intermediate, is an automobile with a size between that of a compact and a full-size or standard-size car. ... General Motors introduced the midsize front wheel drive GM2900 platform in 1988 with the introductions of the Opel Vectra A and the Vauxhall Cavalier Mk. ... The Opel Vectra is a large family car produced by Opel, the main European subsidiary of General Motors. ... : Chemical Capital of the World , Corporate Capital of the World , Credit Card Capital of the World : A Place to Be Somebody United States Delaware New Castle 17. ... The Saturn Sky is a roadster from the Saturn marque of American automaker General Motors. ... The Opel GT is a two-seat sports car introduced by Opel in 1968. ... The Pontiac Solstice GXP was introduced at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show. ...


Today, the company shares GM's Delta, Epsilon, Lambda and Theta automobile platforms, along with the company's Ecotec - including the new 2.4L LE5 I4, Turbo 2.0L LNF I4, and DCVCP 1.8L I4 - with the V6's being the High Feature LY7 3.6L V6 and High Value LZ4 3.5L V6 engines. Vehicles are built at many GM plants throughout the world. The Saturn VUE used a Honda engine in the past, and the plastic body panels have been discontinued on most current vehicles. Delta is General Motors new compact front-wheel drive automobile and crossover SUV platform, a successor to the GM T platform; it also replaced GM J platform and the Z platform used by the Saturn S-Series. ... Epsilon is General Motors new mid-size front-wheel drive automobile platform. ... Lambda is General Motors future full-size crossover SUV automobile platform. ... Theta is General Motors mid-size crossover SUV and compact SUV automobile platform. ... An automobile platform is a shared set of components common to a number of different automobiles. ... Ecotec is the name of a straight-4 piston engine made by General Motors since 2000. ... The Family II is a straight-4 piston engine that was originally developed by Opel in late 1970s for use in the Opel Ascona B and Opel Kadett D. Over time, the engine block has evolved to include many modern features such as DOHC and fuel injection. ... The Family II is a straight-4 piston engine that was originally developed by Opel in late 1970s for use in the Opel Ascona B and Opel Kadett D. Over time, the engine block has evolved to include many modern features such as DOHC and fuel injection. ... The Family 1 is a straight-4 piston engine that was developed by Opel Powertrain, a subsidary of Adam Opel A.G. to replace low-displacement versions of GM Family II engine for use on subcompact cars from Opel/Vauxhall. ... The 3600 LY7 (and derivative LP1) are members of General Motors new High Feature (or HFV6) engine family of modern DOHC V6s. ... The High Value engine family from General Motors is a group of large pushrod V6 engines. ... The Saturn VUE is a compact crossover SUV from General Motors Saturn marque, and is Saturns top-selling model in the United States. ... This article is about the Japanese motor corporation. ...


In past years, Saturn sales have been declining, and the ION production lines were halted for two weeks in 2003 to allow dealer inventory to reduce. The L-Series was canceled after production of the 2005 models, and the ION was canceled after 2007.


The current Saturn models are as follows: Sky roadster, Aura sedan, Astra hatchback, VUE small crossover SUV and Outlook large crossover SUV built off of the GM Lambda platform (replacing the Relay minivan). GM decided that Saturn and Opel shares numerous models that differ only slightly. For example, the 2008 Saturn VUE is almost the same as the Opel Antara, the Opel GT is a copy of the Saturn Sky, while the Opel Astra has already brought over as the Saturn Astra to replace the current ION as the entry-level car, and the Saturn Aura is similar to the Opel Vectra. The Saturn Sky is a roadster from the Saturn marque of American automaker General Motors. ... The Saturn Aura is a mid-size car produced under the Saturn brand of American automaker General Motors. ... The Saturn Astra is a compact car that will replace the ION as the companys smallest car for 2008. ... The Saturn VUE is a compact crossover SUV from General Motors Saturn marque, and is Saturns top-selling model in the United States. ... A crossover SUV (also called CUV for Crossover Utility Vehicle) or XUV (not to be confused with GMCs Envoy XUV) is an automobile with a sport utility vehicle appearance but is built upon a more economical and fuel-efficient unibody construction. ... 2007 Saturn Outlook XE The Saturn Outlook is a premium mid-size crossover SUV which debuted at the New York International Auto Show. ... A crossover SUV (also called CUV for Crossover Utility Vehicle) or XUV (not to be confused with GMCs Envoy XUV) is an automobile with a sport utility vehicle appearance but is built upon a more economical and fuel-efficient unibody construction. ... Lambda is General Motors future full-size crossover SUV automobile platform. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... It has been suggested that Mini MPV be merged into this article or section. ... This article is about the European car manufacturer. ... The Saturn VUE is a compact crossover SUV from General Motors Saturn marque, and is Saturns top-selling model in the United States. ... The Opel Antara is a mid-size crossover SUV, which is based on the GM Theta platform. ... The Opel GT is a two-seat sports car introduced by Opel in 1968. ... The Saturn Sky is a roadster from the Saturn marque of American automaker General Motors. ... See also Vauxhall Astra, Holden Astra, and Saturn Astra for the usage of the nameplate by other General Motors subsidiaries. ... The Saturn Astra is a compact car that will replace the ION as the companys smallest car for 2008. ... The Saturn ION was a compact car sold by the Saturn marque of American automaker General Motors. ... The Saturn Aura is a mid-size car produced under the Saturn brand of American automaker General Motors. ... The Opel Vectra is a large family car produced by Opel, the main European subsidiary of General Motors. ...


The company offers two sub-lines of vehicles: "Red Line" Saturns are performance-oriented, while "Green Line" cars will be more environmentally friendly. The VUE and ION Red Line models, launched in 2004, have been joined by VUE and AURA Green Lines for the 2007 model year and a Sky Red Line the same model year. Saturn's Green Line vehicles utilize mild hybrid technology. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mild hybrids are essentially conventional vehicles with oversized starter motors, allowing the engine to be turned off whenever the car is coasting, braking, or stopped, yet restart quickly and cleanly. ...


Saturn timelines

General Motors Corporation, also known as GM, is a multinational corporation headquartered in the United States and has been the worlds largest and most dominant automaker since 1931 till the second half of 2007, surpassed by Toyota; as well as the global industry sales leader for 77 years. ... The Rambler American introduced in the late 1950s was an early compact car. ... The S-Series was part of a family of compact cars from the Saturn automobile company. ... The S-Series was part of a family of compact cars from the Saturn automobile company. ... The Saturn ION was a compact car sold by the Saturn marque of American automaker General Motors. ... See also Vauxhall Astra, Holden Astra, and Saturn Astra for the usage of the nameplate by other General Motors subsidiaries. ... A mid-size car, frequently referred to as an intermediate, is an automobile with a size between that of a compact and a full-size or standard-size car. ... The Saturn L-Series was a line of automobiles sold by General Motors Saturn marque. ... The Saturn Aura is a mid-size car produced under the Saturn brand of American automaker General Motors. ... A crossover SUV (also called CUV for Crossover Utility Vehicle) or XUV (not to be confused with GMCs Envoy XUV) is an automobile with a sport utility vehicle appearance but is built upon a more economical and fuel-efficient unibody construction. ... The Saturn VUE is a compact crossover SUV from General Motors Saturn marque, and is Saturns top-selling model in the United States. ... The Saturn VUE is a compact crossover SUV from General Motors Saturn marque, and is Saturns top-selling model in the United States. ... 2007 Saturn Outlook XE The Saturn Outlook is a premium mid-size crossover SUV which debuted at the New York International Auto Show. ... It has been suggested that Mini MPV be merged into this article or section. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 1950 Jaguar XK120 Roadster This article is about the car body style. ... The Saturn Sky is a roadster from the Saturn marque of American automaker General Motors. ...

References

  1. ^ The History of Saturn Cars (HTML) (English). We Love Saturns (2007-05-17).
  2. ^ Howstuffworks: How Saturn Cars Work.
  3. ^ Howstuffworks "Saturn Emphasizes Customer Service"
  4. ^ COMPANY NEWS; SATURN REPORTS IT MADE ITS FIRST PROFIT IN MAY. New York Times (1993-06-12). Retrieved on 2007-08-22.
  5. ^ Important dates in Saturn history. GM Media Online. Retrieved on 2007-08-22.
  6. ^ Saturn is ready to turn a profit
  7. ^ Howstuffworks "Saturn Car Company's Early Success"
  8. ^ Lessons in co-management - Learning from Saturn: Possibilities for Corporate Governance and Employee Relations - Book Review | Monthly Labor Review | Find Articles at BNET.com
  9. ^ Saturn goes idle in Spring Hill with last Vue - Nashville Business Journal:
  10. ^ Saturn Ranked #1 In Customer Satisfaction Survey
  11. ^ http://www.ndu.edu/library/ic6/93F03A.pdf

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 163rd day of the year (164th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 234th day of the year (235th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 234th day of the year (235th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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