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Freep: Next Saturn Aura to be Offered as Sedan Only

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The Detroit Free Press reported in an article published last week that Saturn plans to offer only a sedan version of it's next-gen Aura midsize car. There was speculation that the upcoming Aura, which will be heavily based on the new Opel Insignia, would be offered in sedan, hatchback, and wagon versions.

Insignia Moves GM Forward, Will be the Basis for the Next Saturn Aura

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Julian Rendell from AutoWeek drove the new Opel Insignia and drew direct comparisons between his experience with the Insignia and what he expects from the next-generation Aura, which is due to arrive in a couple of years. While GM has said that the new Aura will have unique styling that will differentiate it from the Insignia, the two cars will be based on the same architecture and are expected to share chassis components.

Motor Authority Has More Renderings, Information About the Upcoming Saturn Astra

New detailed artist renderings of the next-generation Saturn Astra have been posted by Motor Authority. The sketches are based on a prototype seen undergoing testing at the Nurburgring.

Automotive News: Next-Generation Saturn Astra to be Built in Mexico

Next-Generation Saturn Astra?

Earlier this month, Automotive News reported that production of the next Saturn Astra will move from Antwerp, Belgium to San Luis Potosi, Mexico when it arrives for the 2011 model year. "General Motors hopes to dodge the weak dollar that inflated the price of the current Saturn Astra compact with the next-generation model," said trade magazine.

Aura Hatchback Possible, But Wagon "Not in the Cards" Says Car and Driver

Opel Insignia

CarandDriver.com reported earlier this week that when Saturn redesigns it's Aura midsize sedan in a couple of years, the brand may offer both a sedan and hatchback version of the car, but not a wagon variant. "A Saturn Aura wagon for the U.S. doesn't appear to be in the cards," said the magazine.

Under Cover: Future Astra

Under Cover: Future Astra

Opel released another teaser of it's upcoming 10th-generation Astra. A thinly veiled cover is all that separates the car from full view, but it can't hide the vehicle's sinister looking headlamps. Opel's goal is to generate interest about the new car while keeping the as much of it concealed as possible.

Spied! Next-Generation Astra Inside and Out

Leftlane News has amassed a rather sizable collection of next-generation Astra spy photos. At this point though, automotive blog reports that there is "no word on when the next Saturn Astra will hit U.S. shores." We do know, however, that GM will build the compact hatchback somewhere in North America to avoid suffering from any adverse changes in the exchange rate.

Teaser: Next-Generation Astra Preview

Teaser: Next-Generation Astra Preview

The next generation Opel and Vauxhall Astra will receive its premiere at next year's Frankfurt Show, delivering a compelling mix of technical innovation and groundbreaking design that promises to raise the bar in the compact sector. Following suit, the North American-built Saturn Astra is expected to make its debut about a year later.

2009 Vue XR 2.4L 4-Cylinder Coming Soon

Alert Saturn fans noticed an unannounced change late last week in a GM online reference guide that indicates a new 4-cylinder version of the popular front-wheel-drive (FWD) Vue XR is about to be released.

Astra Mules Used for Latest Chevy Volt Tests

Recent reports indicate that GM's highly-anticipated extended-range electric car, the Chevrolet Volt, has now entered its final phase of development. That means engineers are putting the finishing touches on the packaging of the vehicle. As a result, they're now testing a more production-ready vehicle. Enter the Astra.

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2008 Saturn Vue Green Line

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