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GM - Saturn being sold to (guess who)...

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by crusha, Jun 5, 2009.

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  1. crusha

    crusha TS Member

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    Roger Penske...but get this: he's only buying the dealerships and the brand name - he has no interest in the manufacturing plant where they're made (it seems he has no interest in dealing with the UAW...no surprise there).


    Penske says per the agreement, he'll keep buying the cars from GM for 2 years - meanwhile, he's shopping "around the world" for someone to produce Saturn cars after that period expires. Now where do you suppose that search will end up? There are a zillion possibilities of where Penske can buy his Saturns from.


    But don't forget - Barry Hussein, as the new "shadow CEO" of GM, now owns several GM manufacturing plants in China...and GM has product development and engineering capabilities that Roger Penske lacks (and the Spring Hill, Tennessee Saturn plant can't design anything either...they're just a mfg. facility).


    And unfortunately for the workers in Spring Hill, this isn't like the Fiat/Chrysler situation, where the US Government can potentially stay involved as an owner and dictate that some vehicles continue to be built here. Penske owns the brand free and clear, and can do as he wishes. If GM wants to compete for the status as "production supplier" to Penske's Saturn brand, I'm sure he'll let them...but I bet he will expect the "World" cost, not the "Spring Hill, Tennessee" cost.


    I'll wager this means Saturns will come from China. After all, they already build, what, a couple hundred thousand Buicks a year over there anyway, right?


    We were looking for the big Camel nose under the tent for getting Chicom cars on US roads, and it looks like this may finally be it.


    And guess who will Preside over it? "Change You Can Believe In"
     
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    I got a cold beer that says it will be "CHERY AUTOMOBILE CO".
     
  3. GrubbyJack

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    GM stopped making Saturns a few years back in Springhill TN...

    Stripped the plant to nothing and started over with other GM stuff..

    Vue I heard are made south of the border,
    and the other in the northeast some where..(NJ i heard)

    They even changed the name of the plant in Springhill....
     
  4. GrubbyJack

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    At least my Redline V6 Vue was made in Springhill, by some good ole southern boys and a few dam yankees...
     
  5. Fast Oil

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    Honda??????
     
  6. GBatch_25

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    I thought the Vue was made in California, in a JV with Toyota?

    Mr. Penske is a smart business man and a true 'auto' guy.

    Gene Batchelar
    Wheaton, IL
     
  7. PerazziBigBore

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    My money is on India...
     
  8. GBatch_25

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    Oops. Go the Vibe confused with the Vue.

    Thx for clarifying.

    Gene Batchelar
    Wheaton, IL
     
  9. Bisi

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    This country is in for a lot of change, with the facist/socialist Ojackass in charge, a lot of which we are not going to like.

    I can see Saturn making it since they will be able to shed themselves of the UAW.
     
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