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Analyst: Production of Next-Gen Saturn Astra, Chevy Cobalt Moving to Mexico

General Motors executives have been implying for awhile that production of the next-generation Saturn Astra would move to North America when the new model debuts in 2010. What's been up for debate has been the identity of manufacturing facility where the new model would be built. As of today, it looks like the debate is finally over.

Spy Video: Next-Generation Astra Caught at Nürburgring

The folks at WorldCarFans.com have some impressive video of the next-generation Opel Astra zooming around the world-famous Nürburgring track in Germany. Opel Astra is expected to make its debut at the Geneva Auto Show with the Saturn version unveiled shortly thereafter as a 2010 or 2011 model.

First Drive: Saturn Aura and HCCI

Benjamin Jones from EcoGeek recently had an opportunity to drive a Saturn Aura prototype equipped with a GM 2.4L Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) powerplant. Read his thoughts about how the new fuel-efficient technology works from a driver's perspective.

'09 Saturn Start of Production Dates

General Motors' Canadian Fleet and Commercial website has published a tentative schedule reflecting the company's planned changeover to 2009 models. The start of production dates for all Saturn models, except the Astra compact hatchback, have been listed. Build dates for the '09 Saturn Astra are unknown at this time, but they will be posted when they become available.

Analyst Says Saturn Should Add Microvan to Lineup

Opel Meriva Concept

Jim Hall, managing director of 2953 Analytics, thinks Saturn should add a microvan – similiar to the Opel Meriva concept shown on the right – to its lineup. The Meriva was unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show this year. What do you think? Vote in the poll and then post your thoughts.

C&D Looks at the 2010 Saturn Aura and Opel Insignia

Opel Insignia

Car and Driver takes a look at the new Opel Insignia (pictured) and Saturn Aura and discusses how the two models will lay the groundwork for a new lineup of General Motors midsize vehicles around the world. "The Opel Insignia will appear at European dealerships in late November or early December," said the magazine. "We expect the new Aura to debut as a 2010 model."

Opel Insignia Hatchback Spied During Testing

Leftlane News has spy photos of the upcoming Opel Insignia hatchback, which is expected to be unveiled this summer in London. While the Insignia sedan will be built in the U.S. and sold in North America as the Saturn Aura, industry analysts don't expect this model to make its way onto our shores, but that doesn't mean it won't happen.

GM May Shrink Lambda Crossovers to Make Room for Unibody Chevy Tahoe Replacement

A story broke this week over at Bloomberg about GM's efforts to squeeze more fuel efficiency out of its highly profitable and popular fullsize truck-based sport-utility lineup. The article noted that its very likely that GM will transition those models from the pickup truck chassis used today to another architecture that features a lighter unibody construction.

Turbo Four-Cylinder to be Offered in Future Aura?

Late last month Leftlane News published spy photos of the next-generation Buick LaCrosse, which will be built on the same GM global midsize architecture as the 2010 Saturn Aura. What made the camouflaged photos unique was not necessarily the photos themselves, but the powertrain reportedly being tested under the hood of the car: the Saturn Sky Red Line's 260hp 2.0L turbocharged I4.

'10 Astra Secrets Revealed?

2010 Saturn Astra Artist's Rendering

Drive, an Australian online motoring magazine, has a sneak peak at what they think the next-generation Astra will look like. Due in 2009 and sold by Holden in the land down under, Saturn's version is expected to go on sale in North America a year later. According to the article, the new car will feature "sexier looks, sportier handling, and fuel-efficient engines."

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GM Develops Wheel Hub Motors

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