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Old 12-21-2008, 10:22 PM   #1
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Jim McCraw from Popular Mechanics: It didn't start out this way, but the low-price, no-haggle Saturn division of General Motors has effectively become the American sales arm of GM's German Opel division. Saturn already sells a version of Opel's GT roadster as the Saturn Sky, and a version of the Opel Antera crossover as the Saturn Vue. The latest fruit of this collaboration is the Saturn Astra family of three-door and five-door hatchbacks.

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Old 12-22-2008, 07:16 AM   #2
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Cool... A nice positive review. Hehe... Note comment #3 on that story. The guy compared the Astra to a Mazda Speed 3 and WRX.

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Old 12-22-2008, 07:20 AM   #3
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I stopped reading that article right there. This guy definitely needs to get his facts straight.

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I stopped reading that article right there. This guy definitely needs to get his facts straight.
Yeah, I thought it was the other way around - at least that's what the dealer told me.

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Yeah, I thought it was the other way around - at least that's what the dealer told me.
Only the design is from GME. After the predecessor Opel Speedster, a minimalist sports car based on the Lotus Elise, Opel wanted his own Corvette alike version (V6 or V8 engines, 6-speed manual and more features) and never felt in love with the Sky/GT. Some say the Speedster (build from 2000-2005) was way cooler and I'm one of them.

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The Lotus Europa S is now built on the production line at Hethel that used to build the Vx200/220/Speedster. It has the Ecotec where as the rest of the Lotus cars use the Toyota 2zz, and the Evora gets the engine from the Camry.

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