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SATURN SAYS DOOR PROBLEM IS SOLVED

A swelling-door problem on General Motors Corp.'s new Saturn model has been fixed and the first marketable car should roll off a Tennessee assembly line later this summer, a Saturn spokeswoman said today.

The Detroit Free Press reported today that the problem would delay the scheduled start of production at the plant in Spring Hill, Tenn. But spokeswoman Laurie Kay denied that.

"We had a pre-production problem with the door material that already has been corrected," she said.

GM Chairman Roger Smith said as recently as May 25 that he still is counting on driving the first production model of the Saturn car off the assembly line before he retires July 31.

"Our plans still anticipate that would occur prior to his retirement," Ms. Kay said today, adding, however: "He has told us that he will not drive the car until the Saturn team has told him that the vehicle's high-quality standards have been met."

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