It matters not whether you want to chalk it up to rising fuel prices or a gradual change in vehicle buying preferences, the reality is that the American public keeps snatching up fuel-efficient vehicles powered by four-cylinder engines. Of course, soaring demand for four-cylinder-engined vehicles means that automakers must pump up output of the once-lowly four-bangers. General Motors is doing exactly that.
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We're not sure what's going to be produced there, but GM is investing $225 million in their Spring Hill, Tennessee Saturn plant. The Ion and Vue are currently built in Spring Hill, but production of those vehicles will be ceasing in March 2007. Once the plant is cleared of vehicles, the paint shop will go under the knife and be renovated for future vehicle production. The goal of the paint shop upgrades is to accomodate any size vehicle GM plans to build. These plans hinge on GM securing incenti