2008 Models

USA Today Drives the '08 Saturn Astra XR5

James Healey from USA Today road tested the 2008 Saturn Astra XR 5-door in yesterday's newspaper. "What a great time for General Motors to have a sweet-driving, decent-looking small car like the Saturn Astra," he wrote in his review. While he felt his well-equipped test car was "a bit pricey," he thought that the Astra deserved serious consideration from small car shoppers.

2008 Saturn Collection Wallpaper

2008 Saturn Collection Wallpaper

Last week I posted a Saturn "family photo", and some folks commented that they wished the cars weren't all painted in the same silver hue. Here's another picture of Saturn's 2008 collection of vehicles that was featured in the company's Yahoo front-page takeover ad last week.

Outlook Wallpaper

Outlook Wallpaper

This downloadable photo of the Saturn Outlook was featured in the brand's Yahoo ad last week. Save it to your desktop and use it as wallpaper on your PC.

Saturn Becomes GM's European Everyman Brand

Steve Schaefer from the San Leandro Times newspaper drove a black sapphire 2008 Saturn Astra three-door hatchback, and he thought it was an "eye-catching, fun-to-drive car." He wasn't the only one to notice the Astra's good looks. He wrote that "a senior executive at my day job, who owns a Porsche 911, admired the Astra as I parked it."

German by Way of Tennessee

Mike Magrath from Edmunds.com drove the Saturn Astra XR 3-Door and thought that its "three-door hatchback style sends a strong sporting message." He liked its "stout German build quality" as well as its "autobahn-rated ride and handling." The 2008 Astra "doesn't change the game," he said, but it "plays it very, very well."

Another New Saturn Ad on Yahoo!

Another New Saturn Ad on Yahoo!

Last week, on June 11th to be more specific, Saturn once again "took over" the front page of Yahoo.com with an impressive, interactive advertisement promoting its 2008 lineup. Saturn's digital ads on Yahoo have evolved over the past few months, and this particular one is the best by far.

That's a Saturn: Astra Spotted on Set During the Filming of 'Transformers' Sequel

2008 Saturn Astra XR 5-Door

A couple of "spy" photos taken recently during the filming of 'Transformers 2' in Philadelphia indicate that Saturn's Astra will be featured in the movie alongside other GM vehicle superstars like the upcoming Chevrolet Camaro, Hummer HX, and Saab Aero-X. The Transformers Live fan site says that two photos of a "silver Saturn with bullet holes" surfaced online earlier this week. The pictures seem to show the Astra as part of an elaborate "chase scene" that's set in the city.

With Battery Issues Resolved, Saturn Ramps Up Production of Vue Hybrid

For the past several months, Saturn has been struggling with battery issues brought on by a supplier that hampered production of its popular 2008 hybrid models.

Brand's Revival Continues with Astra Hatchback

Nitish Rele, Automotive columnist at the Tampa Tribune, profiled the 2008 Saturn Astra in the paper last weekend. "The Astra is mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission," the paper said, "which conserves fuel when the car shifts into neutral while idle."

Saturn's Astra Traveling on Dual Passports

2008 Saturn Astra Road Test Photos

Lawrence Ulrich from the New York Time drove the 2008 Saturn Astra 3-door XR earlier this spring and while he like the attention to detail in the interior – the "steering wheel controls, whose scroll wheels are dead ringers for Audi's, efficiently direct the radio, CD changer and trip computer" – he felt a more powerful engine should be available as an option. "Enthusiasts will need to scan the docks for a potential Saturn Red Line version based on the turbocharged Astras sold elsewhere in the world."

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Happy Birthday General Motors!

GMnext Logo

General Motors turns 100 today and you are invited to join the company's celebration called "GMnext Day" - a series of forward-looking events to commemorate the GM's centennial. The festivities begin at 8:00 a.m. EDT.