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Once-Shuttered GM Spring Hill Factory to Become Major Manufacturing Center Again

Maker plans to produce next-gen Cadillac SRX and all-new family of small engines.

by on Aug.27, 2014

Once considered the future of the U.S. auto industry, the former Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, is getting a $233 million makeover to build the Cadillac SRX and possibly other vehicles.

It was originally hailed as the future of the U.S. auto industry, only to be mothballed in the wake of General Motors’ bankruptcy and the abandonment of the maker’s failed Saturn brand. But GM is about to make a major investment in its Spring Hill, Tennessee assembly plant that will turn the sprawling complex into one of its most flexible and promising factories.

The announced of a $233 million investment comes a quarter century after the Spring Hill plant first opened as the home of the once-promising Saturn brand. While Saturn was one of four brands abandoned as GM emerged from its 2009 bankruptcy, the powertrain portion of the Tennessee complex will produce a critical new line of small gasoline engines, while the adjacent assembly line will be re-tooled to handle upcoming midsize models.

A Real Performer!

While GM isn’t ready to tip its hand on all its plans, it did confirm that Spring Hill will assemble the next-generation version of Cadillac’s popular SRX crossover-utility vehicle. At least one other midsize model is expected to go into the factory which will be flexible enough to handle a wide range of products in the future. (more…)

GM Small B-Car Developed. Plant Selection Lags

The company vows to announce the U.S. site by summer's end.

by on Jun.05, 2009


The Pontiac G3 B-car is built in Mexico, and derived from a Korean-designed Daewoo platform.

General Motors Corporation is now committed to building a new small car in the U.S. sooner rather than later, following the intervention of the United Auto Workers and the U.S. Treasury, which persuaded, if that’s the right word, GM to build the car in the U.S. rather than China or South Korea.

However, it’s pretty clear that the new car will be based on the current B-car platform developed by Daewoo Automotive Technologies or DAT for worldwide distribution.

GM had hesitated bringing the subcompact car to the U.S. for fear it was too small for the U.S. market, but it had done the engineering required to meet U.S. safety regulations as gas prices spiked in the last couple of years.

GM, however, is now fully prepared to assemble the car in the U.S.    (more…)