Astra

Saturn Astra Sticks with a Good Thing

Charles Renny from the Star Phoenix walked away very impressed after test driving the Saturn Astra. He enjoyed the car's powertrain, suspension, and use of interior space. "Sitting in the back when the front seat is set for someone my size is much better than I thought," he wrote in his review. "When I looked at the amount of space available, I thought there is no way. Then I got in and found that Saturn has made very good use of space."

Under Cover: Future Astra

Under Cover: Future Astra

Opel released another teaser of it's upcoming 10th-generation Astra. A thinly veiled cover is all that separates the car from full view, but it can't hide the vehicle's sinister looking headlamps. Opel's goal is to generate interest about the new car while keeping the as much of it concealed as possible.

Video: Saturn Astra is a Leap in the Right Direction

Amyot Bachand from Canada's Auto123 website recently reviewed a 2008 Saturn Astra 5-door XE and posted both a written and video review of the car. "The interior is surprisingly quiet for such an entry-level car," he said. "It's easy to keep up a conversation and appreciate the sweet-sounding audio system."

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.

Teaser: Next-Generation Astra Preview

Teaser: Next-Generation Astra Preview

The next generation Opel and Vauxhall Astra will receive its premiere at next year's Frankfurt Show, delivering a compelling mix of technical innovation and groundbreaking design that promises to raise the bar in the compact sector. Following suit, the North American-built Saturn Astra is expected to make its debut about a year later.

Lutz Tells Automotive News that the Poor Currency Exchange Rate is Hurting Saturn Astra Sales

General Motors says the imported Saturn Astra has become a victim of the weak U.S. dollar. The Belgium-built 3- and 5-door hatchbacks, while critically acclaimed, have suffered from slow sales since their North American launch last January. GM vice chairman Bob Lutz bluntly told Automotive News in an article published this morning that "the car is priced too high."

Enter the Saturn "Devotion to Motion" Contest

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Want a free car? A free trip? What about a free gift card? Saturn is giving away hundreds of prizes in its Devotion to Motion contest giveaway. As part of the sweepstakes, the grand prize winner will receive a brand new Saturn Astra, Aura, Outlook, Sky, or Vue of their choice (total value worth up to $40,000). But wait, there's more...

Astra Mules Used for Latest Chevy Volt Tests

Recent reports indicate that GM's highly-anticipated extended-range electric car, the Chevrolet Volt, has now entered its final phase of development. That means engineers are putting the finishing touches on the packaging of the vehicle. As a result, they're now testing a more production-ready vehicle. Enter the Astra.

Eighteen 2009 General Motors Models Achieve 30 MPG or More on the Highway

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For 2009, General Motors offers 18 models in the U.S. that get 30 miles per gallon on the highway, more than is expected of any other automaker. They include cars, crossovers and SUVs from GM’s Saturn, Chevrolet, and Pontiac brands. GM is not only poised to lead the industry again this year, but it also leads in subcompact and midsize non-hybrid car segments.

General Motors Employee Pricing Sale Extended to September 30th; 2009 Aura, Outlook, and Sky Added to the Program

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General Motors announced today that the company will extend it's popular 100th anniversary employee pricing sale until the end of September. The sale "helped drive additional showroom traffic and our dealers are giving us some very enthusiastic feedback," said Mark LaNeve, vice president of GM North America Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing. "We had our best sales month so far in 2008." As a result, he said GM "added 19 additional 2009 models to the eligible list of vehicles because our 2008 stock on dealer lots is rapidly disappearing." Among the 2009 models added today were the Saturn Aura sedan, Outlook crossover, and Sky roadster.

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1994 Saturn Indepth Overview

Model year 1994 marked what Saturn called "Balanced Excellence" in terms of offering customers exceptional value for their money in the small car market. Attaining "balanced excellence" required Saturn to pay critical attention to a host of buyer expectations. Among them were a high level of performance without sacrificing fuel economy or emissions; affordability while maintaining reliability and durability; and an overall commitment to quality without compromise. Accompanied by numerous continuous refinements, the family of 1994 Saturn sedans, wagons and coupes were proof that "balanced excellence" could be achieved through subtle refinements and continuous improvement.