Saturn's highly efficient Spring Hill, Tenn., factory -- centerpiece of the brand's folksy "different kind of car company" strategy -- may lose both of its Saturn products and start building other GM nameplates.
GM is discussing several options for the plant as it shuffles its North American production strategy. A local development official said GM told him that the plant eventually may build no Saturn vehicles.
Both the Ion small sedan and the Vue SUV built at Spring Hill could move to other GM factories within two years. Sources say GM is considering various scenarios for the giant and modern Spring Hill facility, one of the company's top-performing plants.
GM executives were on site Friday, June 24, to discuss Saturn's future. Company officials won't say what they have in mind for Spring Hill, a 15-year-old, $3.5 billion Japanese-inspired factory with capacity to build more than 400,000 vehicles a year.
According to several sources, GM is considering these proposals:
Saturn's third model, the Relay minivan, is built in Doraville, Ga. Starting in the first quarter of 2006, the Sky roadster will be built in Wilmington, Del.