Saturn Astra is Dynamic and Efficient

Canadian Automotive website Auto123.com praised both Saturn and GM in this road test review for making "virtually no compromises" when they decided to bring the popular Astra hatchback to North America. They "kept as many characteristics of the European Astra as possible."

The North American Astra should prove to be as successful and popular among driving enthusiasts and fans of the original, euro-flavored model. GM boldly chose to offer the Astra as a hatchback only. The exterior styling is clean -- sleek, but not simplistic. Traditional Saturn design cues were used, such as the front grille, but the Astra did not lose its European flair. Inside, there are even more reasons to be impressed. The spongy plastic dashboard is more sharply executed than that of most rivals. The layout, in itself, is devoid of extravagance, yet it has a unique, unparalleled character. Here, I must admit that GM clearly hit the target, if not the bull's eye.

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Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak

A letter from Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak: From our very beginning, Saturn has always sought a better way. We pioneered no haggle-no hassle shopping, built dent-resistant cars, set a new benchmark for customer service and forged a unique relationship with our retailers, workers and customers. From the beginning, Saturn was launched as a "Different kind of Car Company." Well, here we go again. You may have read that General Motors delivered a plan to the U.S. government that outlined the corporation's plan for long term viability. In that plan, GM stated that Saturn would work with its retailers to investigate options for the future of the Saturn brand. We said that all ideas were on the table and we meant it.