Spied! Next-Generation Astra Inside and Out

Leftlane News has amassed a rather sizable collection of next-generation Astra spy photos. At this point though, automotive blog reports that there is "no word on when the next Saturn Astra will hit U.S. shores." We do know, however, that GM will build the compact hatchback somewhere in North America to avoid suffering from any adverse changes in the exchange rate. So since it might be a little while, follow the link below to peruse the aforementioned gallery of pictures and read their commentary about what they think might be in store for the new model.

The next Astra will ride on GM's new Delta II platform and will likely share GM's new turbo 1.4L, which will also see duty in the Chevrolet Volt and Cruze. Despite the car's irritating disguising, the new profile, the front fascia and the massive rear bumper with the parted taillights are yet visible. While we can't say anything to the shape of the three-door model yet, it seems to be clear the five-door version will again get the current models sloping roof line plus the trapezoidal-shaped c-post — as previewed in GM's latest teaser shots. All in all, however, the new car looks somewhat sleeker and yet more elegant.

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Bob Lutz to Retire at the End of 2009

Bob Lutz to Retire at the End of 2009

Robert A. Lutz, GM Vice Chairman – Global Product Development, will transition to a new role effective April 1, 2009 as Vice Chairman and Senior Advisor. Lutz, 77, will provide strategic input into GM's global design and key product initiatives until his retirement at the end of 2009. He will continue to report to Wagoner.