Astra

More Information About the Saturn Astra Test Drive Event

Saturn Astra - the all-new sport compact car with European-bred driving dynamics - arrives at retail facilities early next year. But enthusiasts who want to be among the first to see, feel and drive the Astra can participate in one of 14 test drive programs held this fall across the United States, between October 12th and December 13th.

The Saturn Astra '20'

According to Saturn, here's a list of twenty segment-challenging features that highlight the 2008 Astra's fun, refinement and safety.

Next-Gen Saturn Astra to Offer Hybrid Option

General Motors engineers are developing a hybrid version of the company's next-generation Astra compact car to be sold by Saturn in North America and Opel in Europe.

No Turbo, Convertible, or Wagon Planned for Saturn's Astra Line

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Inside Line recently posted a good first drive report of the upcoming 2008 Saturn Astra. In the article, the Edmunds.com automotive news division revealed some insight into what we can expect from Saturn's new small car in the near future.

Saturn Astra Named Safest for Under $25k

In last month's issue of Car and Driver, the magazine profiled the Top 10 safest vehicles available for under $25,000. The 2008 Saturn Astra topped their list.

Astra 'Fast and Fun' Says Magazine

Automotive News calls the upcoming 2008 Saturn Astra "fast and fun" in the latest issue, which hit newstands today. The news publication profiled the European engineered and built 3- and 5-door hatchback in the article. Here are some excerpts:

Be the First to Drive, Buy the '08 Astra

Saturn is inviting you to be among the first in America to drive the all-new 2008 Astra hatchback. Like the car itself, the new Astra website was designed by Saturn to reach out and engage prospective compact car buyers.

Saturn Announces Pricing for All-New 2008 Astra Model Range

The all-new 2008 Saturn Astra will not only provide a European flavor and taut ride-and-handling characteristics to the North American market, but will also offer a wide range of standard equipment, safety features, and very good fuel economy for an MSRP of under $16,000.

Watch the Astra Unveiling

It was unveiled earlier this month at the Chicago Auto Show, but if you weren't there to see it in person, now is your chance. Enjoy the video below of the media debut of the 2008 Saturn Astra 3- and 5-door hatchbacks. Both models replace this existing Ion sedan and quad coupe. They will be available at Saturn stores later this year.

Astra Will be Profitable

With the exception for a year or two in the mid-1990s Saturn has struggled to make money selling small cars. Not so when it comes to the European-sourced, Opel-based 2008 Saturn Astra due in Saturn stores later this year.

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Saturn May Share Wilmington Plant With Buick

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Buick may join Saturn, Saab, Chevrolet, and Pontiac in building a midsize car based on General Motors' new midsize Epsilon platform. It would be the fourteenth GM model to use the global Epsilon architecture. If the car is approved for production, it may be built alongside Saturn's next generation midsize vehicle in Wilmington, Delaware beginning in 2007.