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TCC'S DAILY EDITION: Oct. 7, 2003
RELAY Gets Saturn’s First Metal Bod
subscribeWhen it joins the rest of the Saturn lineup in the 2005 model year, the RELAY “crossover sport van” won’t just be Saturn’s first minivan —it’ll be the brand’s first vehicle with a mostly sheetmetal body. Most Saturns — the ION, VUE, and L300 — feature bodies that blend horizontal sheetmetal surfaces (roofs, hoods, and decklids) with polymer vertical panels, like doors and fenders. The RELAY will be one of four new GM minivans styled and pitched as “crossover”-style minivan alternatives: the RELAY will be joined by the Uplander (replacing the Chevy Venture), the Buick Terrazza, and the Pontiac SV6. Saturn tells Automotive News that the ION and VUE will retain their plastic panels for the near future, but the weekly says the next L-Series vehicle will likely have a sheetmetal body.
SATURN by Bob Plunkett (9/1/2003)
Ford Going South of the Border for Futura
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Ford Atlanta Plant Seeks Lease on Life by Joseph Szczesny (9/1/2003)
Quality may be number one, but it’s not a guarantee.
UAW Ratifies GM, Delphi Deals
GM and Delphi are the last automakers and suppliers to put the ink to their recent deals with the United Auto Workers. The union says it has ratified the new four-year deal with the world’s biggest automaker and its former captive parts supplier, now independent. The new contract will allow GM to close one of its assembly plants and one parts plant; the deal is essentially similar to that enjoined with Ford and Visteon, which keeps the current pay package (with raises) and healthcare benefits intact. “We accomplished our major bargaining goals and are pleased that the membership expressed confidence in those efforts,” said UAW President Ron Gettelfinger in a release. The contracts cover nearly 150,000 workers at GM and Delphi.
Detroit Reacts to UAW Contract by Joseph Szczesny (9/29/2003)
The UAW and Detroit are done, but analysts aren't impressed.
GM Shareholders Want to Spin Off Hughes