Magazine Calls Astra 'Best Economy Car'

The 2008 Saturn Astra will be named 'Best Economy Car' at the Spanish-Language Automotive Magazine Sobre Ruedas Awards Ceremony tomorrow night in Miami, Florida.

Taking into consideration performance, styling, safety, technology and overall driving experience, an elite panel of judges selected GM for top honors in six out of the 13 possible categories, affirming GM's leadership in innovation and quality. The ceremony will take place at the South Florida International Auto Show held in Miami on November 9th. Several key GM executives will be on-hand to accept the prestigious awards.

  • 2008 Saturn Astra – Best Economy Car
    Award to be accepted by Bryan Nesbitt, Vice President, GM Global Design
  • 2008 Chevrolet Malibu – Best Vehicle of the Year and Best Sedan of the Year
    Award to be accepted by Bryan Nesbitt
  • 2008 Chevrolet Silverado – Best Pick-up Truck of the Year and Hispanic Choice Award
    Award to be accepted by Tim Hudgens, Chevrolet Regional Marketing Manager
  • General Motors – 2008 Car Manufacturer of the Year
    Award to be accepted by Troy Clarke, GM President

"GM's 2008 pipeline is loaded with dynamic vehicles," said Troy Clarke. "We are honored by these multiple awards and proud they are in the categories that matter most to customers. There is no better way to kick-off the auto show season than with such high praise from such a highly-regarded source. All we can say is, 'Thank you. We appreciate your recognition and we will work hard to maintain your trust.'"

Sobre Ruedas Magazine is a leading authority of automotive news throughout the eight major U.S. Hispanic markets including Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, San Jose and Phoenix. Each year the publication's executive staff, led by Publisher and editor-in-chief Jaime Florez, log in approximately three thousand hours test-driving domestic- and foreign-made cars to evaluate and rank performance against tough selection criteria.

"There are many automobile choices out there for today's consumer and GM continually excels at delivering on technology, performance and value," said Jaime Florez. "These winning models exemplify how GM is listening to what consumers want."

Source: General Motors

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