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Saturn Retail Sales Rose 9% in June

Saturn retail sales rose 9% in June, thanks in part to a special zero-percent financing sale that the brand offered during the last week of the month. However, overall sales for the month of June were down 12.8% compared to last year due to the sales gap created by the discontinued Ion sedan and quad coupe.

MotoringTV Drives the 3- and 5-Door Saturn Astra

Check out this well done, fast-paced video road test of the 3- and 5-door Saturn Astra hatchbacks. The reviewer provides some insightful comments about the "much anticipated" Saturn, its notable competition, and a comparison between the two Astra models.

MotorWeek's Video Review of the '08 Saturn Asta

Watch MotorWeek's review of the 2008 Saturn Astra, or click here to read the transcript. "Saturn's current mission is to be the most European of all GM's US brands," says MW host John Davis. "Saturn's reincarnation as GM's most Euro-spec division is for real. The 2008 Astra, along with the new Vue, are compact European designs to the core. The Astra is a terrific match for families that already own a larger European luxury car, or would like to. Bringing the best of Opel to America is what a global GM should be doing, and we hope they keep it up."

2008 Saturn Astra Review

The Car Connection posted a different kind of review, mixing comments from different major auto magazines, websites, and blogs with their own. Overall, they liked the Astra's styling, standard and optional features, safety, comfort, quality, and performance. "The 2008 Saturn Astra is no speed demon," wrote the site, "but the taut suspension makes whipping the car through turns a true joy."

New '08 Saturn Astra Provides an Economical Alternative for the Growing Family

The Automotive Addicts drove the 2008 Astra and concluded that the small Saturn hatchback offers "bold looks, plenty of power for getting around slow moving traffic with a nimble suspension, contemporary interior features, a versatile interior for almost all of your needs, and a safe, comfortable environment for you and your family."

2008 Saturn Astra XR 3-Door Review: 'American' is Not its First Language

AutoPacific recently drove the Saturn Astra throughly documented their time behind the wheel in this review. "The new Aura, Outlook, Sky, and Vue are clear winners - the latter two are AutoPacific's 2008 Vehicle Satisfaction Award winners in their respective segments," wrote the group, "and the new Astra aims to continue that success."

Clarification: GM 2009 Price Increases

Earlier this week, Mark LaNeve, General Motors vice president of vehicle sales, service, and marketing told GM dealers, Saturn retailers, and the media about a new 0% promotion, the company's evolving production plans, and a 3.5% price increase.

Two Saturn Astras Spotted on the "Transformers 2" Set at Princeton University

Admittedly, I wasn't a big fan of the Transformers afternoon cartoon series or the popular action figures as a kid. In the 1980s I was more interested watching KITT pull high-tech stunts on NBC's Knight Rider.  That's all changing now with the making of Michael Bay's sequel to the 2007 blockbuster "Transformers" movie. Why? It looks like the Saturn Astra will have a starring role in the film.

Fresh Saturn Astra Gets Minor Tweaks for 2009

2009 Saturn Astra XR3

Still fresh from its 2008 model year debut, when it challenged the North American compact car market with sporty looks, European driving performance and a long list of standard equipment, the 2009 Saturn Astra delivers targeted enhancements that make it an even stronger contender in the segment.

The Next Wallflower Car: Saturn Astra

Last Friday, AOL Autos and CNN published a list of what they call the top automotive wallflowers. So, what's a wallflower?

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More Six-Speed Automatics Coming as GM Announces Plan to Close 4-Speed Transmission Plant

Following discussions during ongoing contract bargaining with the CAW, General Motors of Canada recently announced the Windsor Transmission plant will cease operation in the second quarter of 2010. This is when current 4-speed front wheel drive transmission production mandates are completed.