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Old 07-23-2009, 07:57 PM   #6
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2008 Astra XR
Default Re: Saturn Astra XR 3-Door: A Saturn Worth Looking At

Originally Posted by plato View Post
Astra looks are ok, 3dr much nicer than 5 dr. As far as selling itself on looks....that ain't working.
Originally Posted by BobbyP View Post
Ditto... I also liked the looks of the 3-door Astra, but America avoided the Astra like the plague... Americans historically have never bought Opel's in significant numbers. It's always been a niche product.
I think the truth to the two above statements is that GM barely advertised the Astra -- or any other Saturn for that matter. Nobody's gonna buy something that nobody knows about. I also don't think that Americans specifically avoided the Astra because it's an Opel, simply because your average car buyer has no idea where such-and-such a model is actually made anyway. I have heard that hatches aren't as popular in the States as in other parts of the world, so maybe that has something to do with it.

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