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Old 01-25-2008, 08:12 PM   #1
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Old 01-26-2008, 12:05 PM   #2
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I can't even begin to express how sick i am of seeing red Astra 3dr and silver 5dr vehicles. These are not bad colours in their own right, but show something different for a change. Thanks.

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Old 01-26-2008, 12:33 PM   #3
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I can't even begin to express how sick i am of seeing red Astra 3dr and silver 5dr vehicles. These are not bad colours in their own right, but show something different for a change. Thanks.
I have noticed that there is not one picture published of an Astra in black. None of the dealer pubs show it either, even the marketing books for the salesmen, which I got to look at yesterday. Now I know black does not show very well in print, but it can be done. I gambled and ordered a black 5 door based on the Saturn web site and a bit of photoshop work.

Most manufacturers build cars in color runs. They will build bodies in one or two colors for a week or two and then shut the paint line down and switch to another set. I know Honda does this in the Marysville, OH plant. Perhaps the black (and some other colors) run was/were not done before all of the press release and marketing publications went to print. I'd bet the first production runs were red and silver and that is what went to the media for drives and tests. These colors also show up well for the marketing use.

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Old 01-26-2008, 01:02 PM   #4
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Default Re: 2008 Saturn Astra Road Test Photos

Nice write up, Charlie. Hopefully, the reviewer's confidence merging onto a highway will quell fears that the Astra with a slushbox can't get out of its own way. Astra is a vehicle that begs for a stick, though.

I see that for the Saturn Astra, GM/Opel went the route that Nissan and Honda take for their non-navigation equipped Maximas and Accords. The screen serves as a driver information display.


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Old 01-26-2008, 02:41 PM   #5
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I've got some pictures of a black Astra in the gallery. I just didn't think that they turned out good enough to be front page "worthy." We should start seeing even more colors now that they're for sale at retailers' stores.





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black Astra = hot

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Old 01-26-2008, 03:23 PM   #7
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We should start seeing even more colors now that they're for sale at retailers' stores.
The local dealer has at least one of every color, except black. They've sold and delivered a white 3 door and a sand 5 door. Everything else on the lot is blue, red, or silver; two of each color.

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Our retailer had a black 3-door and WOW it was sharp.

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