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Old 05-08-2009, 12:59 PM   #1
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Default True or False: Will Buick Get What Was Going to Be the Next-Gen "Saturn" Astra?

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Several websites are reporting that GM has officially decided to transfer the next-generation Astra model to its Buick division. The redesigned Astra will be built in the US; the current Astra is imported from Belgium. Two plants were named as possible manufacturing facilities: Lordstown, Ohio and San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

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Old 05-09-2009, 09:09 AM   #2
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Interesting enough the Astra's 1.8L will also be an option in the upcoming Chevy Cruz according to MotorTrend mag. There is even a picture of the engine in this month's issue as well.

As far as what happens to Opel, as GM is trying to offload them too only the future will tell.

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Old 05-09-2009, 09:44 AM   #3
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Default Re: True or False: Will Buick Get What Was Going to Be the Next-Gen "Saturn" Astra?

My money's on the Chinese market Excelle being the Buick slotted under LaCrosse and Regal in North America, with 1.4 and 1.8L four-bangers. (The Regal is rumored to get the Equinox/Terrain's 2.4L DI Ecotec as its base engine when it comes here).

The 'baby Buick', as I'd like to call it until GM finalizes its name, is likely to be built at San Luis Potosi with overflow at Lordstown. Then again, GM's decision making process hasn't always been easy to pin down, and I'd expect that to remain unchanged with the government's guidance. I think the new Astra that was slated for Saturn will remain in Europe.


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Old 05-09-2009, 11:24 AM   #4
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I wasn't aware that Mexico is now part of the U.S.

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Old 05-09-2009, 01:29 PM   #5
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I wasn't aware that Mexico is now part of the U.S.
You are correct. No part of U.S. is in Mexico......
However, a large part of the U.S. contains Mexican parts

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Old 05-09-2009, 01:41 PM   #6
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Looks like Buick will be getting the next gen Astra and Aura. Maybe if they built the Astra in the US maybe they could bring back those that were turned off by the first Astra being built in Belgium

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Old 05-10-2009, 08:14 PM   #7
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Soooooo....will I be going to Buick for warranty work on my Astra????...or will I be going to a Saturn dealer????...or do I get to go to either?????

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Old 05-11-2009, 08:05 AM   #8
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Soooooo....will I be going to Buick for warranty work on my Astra????...or will I be going to a Saturn dealer????...or do I get to go to either?????
Your warranty is provided through GM. As such, you'll be going to any GM dealer when Saturn is sold/scrapped.

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Looks like Buick will be getting the next gen Astra and Aura. Maybe if they built the Astra in the US maybe they could bring back those that were turned off by the first Astra being built in Belgium
Factoring in: 1) the % of people who even know about Saturn, 2) the % of those people who even know about the Astra, and 3) the % of people in the previous two groups who even care where their vehicle is built, you have maybe 10 people.

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Old 05-11-2009, 08:43 AM   #10
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I know some do like the Astra.

It will be a long time before I will buy another European car. Too many maintenance issues. A family members Swedish Volvo was actually made in Belgium and turned into a rust bucket very quickly. Mabye a specific issue with that version of Volvo. All of my European cars, I got to know the independent mechanics that specialze in 'foreign' cars on a first name basis. And I didn't need new friends.

If I am going to purchase an imported car it will either be a Toyota, Honda, Nissan, or Mitsubishi.

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Old 05-11-2009, 02:59 PM   #11
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It is sad, the demise of Saturn.

But I'm also a Buick fan. This could do well for Buick. Let's hope things go well.

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