General Motors Corp.’s Saturn Corp. unit says it is halting production of its new Ion small sedan for two weeks to ease bloated inventories. Saturn will shut down the line at its Spring Hill, TN, plant, but employees there will use the time to ramp up production of the Ion coupe. The Ion sedan debuted in fourth-quarter 2002. GM sold 5,386 units in January, up from 2,592 in December. Ward’s data shows there was a 143-day supply of the model at the end of January.
Premium Content (PAID Subscription Required)
"Saturn Ion Production Suspended for Two Weeks" is part of the paid WardsAuto Premium content. You must log in with Premium credentials in order to access this article. Premium paid subscribers also gain access to:
All of WardsAuto's reliable, in-depth industry reporting and analysis
Hundreds of downloadable data tables including:
• Global sales and production data by country
• U.S. model-line inventory data
• Engine and equipment installation rates
• WardsAuto's North America Plant by Platform forecast
• Product Cycle chart
• Interrelationships among major OEMs
• Medium- and heavy-duty truck volumes
• Historical data and much more!
Current subscribers, please login or CLICK for support information.