2008 Models

Astra a "Solid Addition" to Saturn Stable

Saturn Astra XR 3-Door

Matthew Haase from the Canwest News Service really enjoyed driving the 2008 Saturn Astra. "This Euro-hatch can bring out the sporty driver in almost anyone," he wrote. "The Macpherson strut front suspension and torsion beam rear suspension provide a firm, but not jarring ride, allowing drivers to carve up corners with confidence."

The Inside Story on the Saturn Astra XR Four-Door

Saturn Astra XR 5-Door

Michael Clark from Canadian Driver put together a thorough review of the Saturn Astra. The took a lot of great pictures to go along with his virtual walk around. He liked "the cavernous opening of the dual panel sunroof," as well at the Astra's attention to detail.

Freewheeling in a Buyer's Market

Evelyn Kanter from Motor Matters "selected some desirable models priced at less than $20,000 to put on your radar screen" if you're in the market for a new car. The Saturn Astra made her list, along with the Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen New Beetle, Nissan Versa, Jeep Patriot, and Toyota Tacoma.

Analysis: Saturn Employee Pricing Presents Good Prices, No Haggling

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David Thomas from Cars.com's Kicking Tires blog analyzed Saturn's new Employee Discount promotion and concluded that the company is offering some pretty impressive deals. According to Thomas' calculations, buyers can save up to $4,691 on a 2008 Aura XR, $4,158 on a Outlook AWD XR, and $3,395 on a Vue XE... just to name a few models. Read the excerpt from his report, and then click through to read the full article that also includes the details behind his calculations.

Owner Story: Totaled Saturn Vue XE

I have read many complaints about weight of the 08 Vue, but whatever they did to increase the weight was worth it. All the ruggedness they built into the 2008 Vue saved my wife's life. Friday night at 2200 hours my wife was returning to our home in Big Bear, a mountain community in the San Bernardino Mountains, when she went off the side of a mountain road.

Saturn to Offer Cashback Bonus in Addition to Special Employee Pricing on Remaining 2008 Vehicles

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Yesterday General Motors announced its "GM 100th Anniversary Sales Event," offering customers employee pricing on virtually its entire lineup of in stock and remaining 2008 model year vehicles - including Saturns. The sale will run from August 20 through September 2, 2008. In addition to the special pricing, sources tell SaturnFans.com that Saturn plans to offer cashback bonus incentives on top of the discounted employee pricing.

Distinctive Styling Helps the Saturn Astra Stand Out in Crowded Marketplace

Wade Ozeroff from Sun Media drove a 5-door Saturn Astra XR a few weeks ago, and the Kingston Whig Standard just posted his review. While he enjoyed his most recent Astra experience, he said he prefers the car's standard 5-speed manual gearbox over the optional automatic that was included in his test car.

All-New Astra Compact Sports European Touches

2008 Saturn Astra XR 5-Door

Arv Voss from the San Francisco Chronicle recently reviewed a 2008 Saturn Astra XR. "The new Astra models present themselves in a bold but contemporary way," he wrote, "with styling cues that help to differentiate them from their European Opel counterparts such as distinctive front and rear fascias, with wheels pushed to the corners and subtle fender flares wrapped snugly over the wheels and tires for an athletic stance."

GM Employee Discount Promotion Set to Return

General Motors will once again offer an employee discount incentive to help drive traffic into showrooms and boost August sales. The promotion, according to an Automotive News report published this afternoon, will start August 20th and will apply to all GM brands, including Saturn. It will reportedly run through the end of Labor Day weekend.

Saturn "Rethink MPG" Ad Airs During the Olympics

General Motors has been a big sponsor of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games on NBC. There have been number of different GM ads being shown every night, including the critically-acclaimed 'Beautiful Blue' television spot, but tonight the company aired the 2009 version of Saturn's 'Rethink MPG' commercial just after the Men's 100m dash final.

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Flashback Friday: Did You Know?

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Saturn has had a colorful history that's full of interesting bits of trivia. Al Clapsaddle has put together a list of some interesting facts from Saturn's early years on his website. So go ahead, peruse the list below, and test your knowledge with these Saturn 'did you know' trivia bits. If you have any good fact, send them to me and I'll add them to SaturnFans.com archives.