Saturn Astra: The Lost Saturn

Astra Instrument Panel

Aaron Warren from the Examiner: Available in a surprisingly roomy, and practical 5 door and 3 door hatchback, the Astra receives it's power from a sweet little 1.8 liter mill churning out 138 HP to the front wheels. This may not sound like much, but it's how that horsepower is channeled through the autobahn tuned chassis that impresses! The Astra has the usual kit of power windows, door locks, etc. What really makes this car shine is it's heritage. When thinking of high speed cruising cars, our minds turn to the Corvette, Mercedes, BMW, and other high ticket cars. However, with the Astra's origins lying just the other side of the Atlantic in Germany and England, the demand for a small, quiet, fast, competent car is very high, and the Astra delivers. Heck! They even use them as police cars! Really, a fabulous little car to drive!

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Report: GM Wants $2.4 Billion in Canadian Aid for Next-Generation Buick Regal

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David Thomas from Cars.com Kicking Tires: If you think domestic automakers are only hitting up U.S. taxpayers for help, go north of the border. Canada's National Post newspaper reported today that General Motors is asking the Canadian government for $2.4 billion in aid. In exchange, it promises to bring a new Buick model — the Regal, which is already sold in China — to its Ontario plant for North American distribution. GM says it will position the Regal to compete with the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, but doesn't say what its new LaCrosse — set to debut in Detroit next month — will be positioned against.