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Overall Saturn Sales Down 3.5% in August, While the Vue Skyrockets 46%

Saturn's overall August sales fell 3.5% last month as retailers sold 20,385 vehicles, down from 21,117 in August of '07. Comparatively speaking, thought, the brand more than held its own in a very tough market. GM's overall sales were down 20.3% last month, Ford fell 26.5%, Toyota's were down 9.4%, and even Honda's sales came in 7.3% lower.

U.S. Production Planned for Next Saturn Astra

Motor Authority reports by way of Auto Motor und Sport that GM plans to build the next-generation Saturn Astra in the United States. In an article discussing the future production plans for the Opel Astra, the website wrote that the new Astra "will be available in coupe, three and five-door hatchbacks and wagon, and possibly a sedan, and is expected to first go on sale in Europe in early 2010."

Astra Shows that Change is Good for Saturn

Jim Kerr from Canada's Star Phoenix newspaper enjoyed his time behind the wheel of the new Saturn Astra. He road tested the 5-door XR model and thought the car followed in the footsteps of other vehicles from the new, revitalized Saturn brand.

Forbes: Saturn Astra, Aura Rank Among the Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient American Cars

General Motors and Saturn scored well in a recent list of the top 10 most economical American cars. According to the editors at Forbes.com, the 2009 Saturn Aura 2.4L offers an EPA combined fuel economy of 26 mpg, while the Saturn Astra - when equipped with either a manual or automatic transmission - provide a combined EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27 mpg.

GM "100th Anniversary" Employee Pricing Commercial Features Real Saturn, GM Workers

GM 100th Anniversary Employee Pricing Ad

General Motors featured real workers in the "GM 100th Anniversary" employee pricing ads that have been airing on network and cable television channels for the past week. Among the employees featured in the commercial are a handful of current and former Saturn folks, although not positioned where you might expect them to be.

Astra a "Solid Addition" to Saturn Stable

Saturn Astra XR 3-Door

Matthew Haase from the Canwest News Service really enjoyed driving the 2008 Saturn Astra. "This Euro-hatch can bring out the sporty driver in almost anyone," he wrote. "The Macpherson strut front suspension and torsion beam rear suspension provide a firm, but not jarring ride, allowing drivers to carve up corners with confidence."

The Inside Story on the Saturn Astra XR Four-Door

Saturn Astra XR 5-Door

Michael Clark from Canadian Driver put together a thorough review of the Saturn Astra. The took a lot of great pictures to go along with his virtual walk around. He liked "the cavernous opening of the dual panel sunroof," as well at the Astra's attention to detail.

Freewheeling in a Buyer's Market

Evelyn Kanter from Motor Matters "selected some desirable models priced at less than $20,000 to put on your radar screen" if you're in the market for a new car. The Saturn Astra made her list, along with the Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen New Beetle, Nissan Versa, Jeep Patriot, and Toyota Tacoma.

Analysis: Saturn Employee Pricing Presents Good Prices, No Haggling

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David Thomas from Cars.com's Kicking Tires blog analyzed Saturn's new Employee Discount promotion and concluded that the company is offering some pretty impressive deals. According to Thomas' calculations, buyers can save up to $4,691 on a 2008 Aura XR, $4,158 on a Outlook AWD XR, and $3,395 on a Vue XE... just to name a few models. Read the excerpt from his report, and then click through to read the full article that also includes the details behind his calculations.

Saturn to Offer Cashback Bonus in Addition to Special Employee Pricing on Remaining 2008 Vehicles

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Yesterday General Motors announced its "GM 100th Anniversary Sales Event," offering customers employee pricing on virtually its entire lineup of in stock and remaining 2008 model year vehicles - including Saturns. The sale will run from August 20 through September 2, 2008. In addition to the special pricing, sources tell SaturnFans.com that Saturn plans to offer cashback bonus incentives on top of the discounted employee pricing.

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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.