Astra

All-New 2008 Saturn Astra Brings Award-Winning European Small Car to North America

Saturn announced the addition of the all-new 2008 Astra to its lineup, bringing a decidedly European flavor to the North American compact car market. It is packed with a wide range of standard equipment and safety features, and delivers sporty performance with very good fuel economy.

Chicago Auto Show Debuts Confirmed

General Motors and Saturn have confirmed plans to introduce the all-new 2008 Saturn Astra, along with the 2008 Vue Red Line and Vue Green Line hybrid at the Chicago Auto Show next week. The Astra marks the fifth all-new vehicle in Saturn's lineup, and is the last step in a complete reinvention of the brand's showroom in less than 20 months.

Lajdziak Teases with Astra Tidbits

Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak posted a story on the GM Fastlane blog today teasing us with a few new details about the brand's replacement for the compact Ion sedan and quad coupe: the 2008 Saturn Astra. The Astra will make its formal debut at the Chicago Auto Show next month.

New Vues, Astra to Debut in Chicago

SaturnFans.com hears that there could be some surprises in store for those planning to attend the Chicago Auto Show next month. In addition to the previously documented unveiling of the 2008 Astra – Saturn's Ion small car replacement – the company will also reportedly take the wraps off its next-generation Vue Red Line model.

Saturn Astra to Join Lineup in Late 2007

Saturn confirmed today that it will add the Astra compact car to its lineup late in 2007, marking an important stage in its product revitalization plan. When the 2008 Astra joins the Sky, Aura, Outlook and all-new Vue, no Saturn will have been in the market more than 20 months, giving the brand one of the freshest product lineups in the industry.

2007.5 Opel Astra Press Release

Saturn will offer a nearly identical version of the new Opel Astra beginning late next year. More information about the Saturn Astra will be available during the 2007 Chicago Auto Show in February. No additional information about which features described below will be offered on Saturn's version have been provided.

Saturn Astra Set for 2007 Debut

Bob Lutz, General Motors' vice chairman for global product development, has high hopes for Saturn. The GM executive told Automotive News in a recent interview that was published this week that Saturn will be his company's hottest brand this year. Even though Chevrolet will experience the more growth in terms on the number of vehicles sold, Lutz told the magazine that among GM's eight brands, Saturn will have the largest "rapid overall percentage expansion."

Ion Replacement to be Imported

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Automotive News reported early this morning that General Motors plans to import the Opel Astra from Europe to replace the current Saturn Ion sedan and quad coupe late next year. While speculation about this plan has long been rumored, unnamed sources within both GM and Opel reportedly have recently confirmed it to Automotive News.

Will GM Import the Opel Astra as Saturn's Ion Replacement?

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The Beacon Journal reports that General Motors will build a new Pontiac small car, not the rumored Saturn Ion replacement, at GM's Lordstown, Ohio manufacturing facility. GM made the announcement at the 2006 National Automobile Dealers Association annual meeting in Orlando, Florida earlier this week.

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