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Washington Post: Dumping Saturn, Opel Was "Dumb"

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Jamie Lincoln Kitman from the Washington Post: There's a reason why finding buyers for the carmaker's German Opel division and domestic Saturn brand has been easy: They're the most promising divisions GM owns. Getting rid of them was dumb and pretty much seals the company's fate. It's no wonder that sophisticated investors have stepped up: racing legend and Smart car distributor Roger Penske in the case of Saturn and billionaire Canadian auto parts magnate Frank Stronach planning to buy Opel.

Could Saturn be Integrated into Buick-Pontiac-GMC?

From All Cars All the Time: If GM were to pair Saturn with BPG, it is my belief that Saturn would aim for smaller vehicles. Corsa, Meriva, and Astra are names that come to mind when looking over Opel's lineup. Now you might argue that the Astra hasn't done very well here in the States, however I maintain that it isn't so much the car's fault as it was a hurried, low cost effort to bring it here and a scant marketing budget once the car arrived.

Opel Ampera Extended-Range Electric Car Would Look Right at Home in Saturn Lineup

Opel Ampera Extended-Range Electric Car Would Look Right at Home in Saturn Lineup

Opel will unveil its version of the revolutionary Chevrolet Volt at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show in March. The extended-range electric vehicle, which Opel will call the Ampera, will be a five-door, four-seat model that shares styling cues with both the Volt and last year's popular Flextreme concept.

Automotive News: General Motors Can Spin Saturn into a Success, Via Opel

Richard Truett from Automotive News: There's a very happy ending available for Saturn dealers that General Motors brass should be seriously discussing: Handing the keys to the Saturn brand to GM's German affiliate, Opel. GM doesn't have an extra billion or so dollars to buy out Saturn dealers and shutter the brand. And GM could be in legal trouble if it starves Saturn to death.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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Kansas City Aura Plant Approves GM Contract

The UAW strike that brought Saturn's Aura midsize sedan to a screeching halt earlier this month is finally over. "We're certainly happy to be able to resume production of the Malibu and Aura," GM spokesman Dan Flores told the Detroit News in an article earlier today.