Founded January 7, 1985, the
Saturn Corporation manufactured cars as a subsidiary of General Motors in response to the success of Japanese automobile imports in the United States. The company marketed itself as a "different kind of car company," and operated somewhat independently from its parent company for a time, with its own assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, unique models, and a separate retailer network.
The plant closed in July of 2009
In June, 1982, Alex C. Mair started discussing a new, small car project using the codename, 'Saturn'". In November 1983, Roger B. Smith General Motors Chairman and GM's President F. James McDonald publicized the Saturn idea. After twelve months, the first Saturn vehicle was uncovered. The Saturn Corporation was officially established. on January 7, 1985. The Saturn was initially created as a private, organization owned by the employees, by previous GM administration. They remained private until General Motors bought them out, and rewrote company history.
In the mid-1980s, GM revealed the Saturn Concept Car. The auto, which resembled the first Saturn SL, was not initially intended to start a new a brand, although, GM planned to announce the Saturn auto under one of its existing brands, which, at that time, were Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet line, GMC, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac. During the late 1980s, GM changed their mind and established Saturn as its own brand, with its first autos being the Saturn SC and Saturn SL. Manufacturing of both Saturn vehicles began in 1990 as 1991 model year vehicles. In 1992, The Saturn SW was later included. GM had plans for a sedan, a roadster, a wagon, and even a sport utility vehicle; in any case, Saturn's Vue, their first sport utility vehicle, was not announced until the 2002 model year.
2009 Saturn Vu
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