Astra

Distinctive Styling Helps the Saturn Astra Stand Out in Crowded Marketplace

Wade Ozeroff from Sun Media drove a 5-door Saturn Astra XR a few weeks ago, and the Kingston Whig Standard just posted his review. While he enjoyed his most recent Astra experience, he said he prefers the car's standard 5-speed manual gearbox over the optional automatic that was included in his test car.

All-New Astra Compact Sports European Touches

2008 Saturn Astra XR 5-Door

Arv Voss from the San Francisco Chronicle recently reviewed a 2008 Saturn Astra XR. "The new Astra models present themselves in a bold but contemporary way," he wrote, "with styling cues that help to differentiate them from their European Opel counterparts such as distinctive front and rear fascias, with wheels pushed to the corners and subtle fender flares wrapped snugly over the wheels and tires for an athletic stance."

Saturn "Rethink MPG" Ad Airs During the Olympics

General Motors has been a big sponsor of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games on NBC. There have been number of different GM ads being shown every night, including the critically-acclaimed 'Beautiful Blue' television spot, but tonight the company aired the 2009 version of Saturn's 'Rethink MPG' commercial just after the Men's 100m dash final.

New Astra Called One of "Eight Best Cars for College"

Marty Padgett from TheCarConnection.com put together a list of what they think are the eight best cars for college students. "The most important things for a college car are reliability, fuel economy, safety, and of course, price," he wrote.

Saturn Astra Three-Door Hatchback Has the Manners of a Euro Car

2009 Saturn Astra XR3

CarList.com's Bob Plunkett reviewed the Saturn Astra 3-door and enjoyed how well it drove. He described that the "rack and pinion steering produces a lively feeling to the wheel and the suspension system - with independent MacPherson struts up front and a semi-independent torsion beam in back with coil springs - creates a nimble and smooth-riding platform."

Astra Features a Good Balance of Space and Efficiency

Nelson Ireson from MotorAuthority.com drove the compact Saturn Astra and appreciated the car's space and efficiency, as well as its handling prowess and interior quality. "The soft-but-not-too-soft feel of most of the interior surfaces is pleasing," he wrote, "and should prove easy to maintain, while the cloth seats are attractive and comfortable."

Saturn Sales Decline in July Inline with Industry; Aura, Sky, Astra Sales Increased Last Month

Saturn sales were down 13.6% in July, despite higher sales of the brand's newly revitalized and fuel-efficient car lineup. The jump in sales by the Astra, Sky, and Aura, though, wasn't enough to offset the sales gap left by the discontinued Ion sedan and quad coupe. As a result, Saturn's car sales fell 12.7% last month compared to July 2007.

Saturn Astra 4-Door XE Hatchback

Kelley Blue Book reviewed the 2008 Saturn Astra 4-door XE hatchback and tells readers that they'll like the sporty car "if you're shopping for an affordable, fuel-efficient small car, but you also want something that's both fun to drive and style-conscious." Two of their favorite features available on the Astra were the dual-panel sunroof and sport seats.

General Motors Delivers 17 2008 Models That Get 30 MPG or Better on the Highway

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From nicely equipped entry subcompacts to award-winning midsize sedans and a capable, compact SUV, General Motors offers plenty of choices for consumers who want to wring more miles out of a gallon of gas. Seventeen 2008 GM models – more than any other automaker – achieve EPA fuel economy of 30 miles per gallon or higher.

Lajdziak: Saturn Optimistic about Future as Fuel Efficiency Takes Center Stage

Despite all of the negative rumors and predictions in the media, Saturn is upbeat about its future. While no all-new products are currently slated for the brand during the next two years, Saturn should still be well positioned for the future, as its lineup was just completely overhauled from top to bottom.

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