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2009 Saturn Sky is Sexy, Soulful

2009 Saturn Sky

Michael Andre Adams from the Atlanta Autos Examiner: For the style aficionado seeking a sexy, soulful, al fresca style whip for well under $50K, the Saturn Sky Red Line should be somewhere on your "fav-five" list, alongside BMW's Z4 and Mazda's MX-5. Under the hood, the Red Line has a 260 horsepower, four cylinder, 2.0 liter turbo engine that purrs along and kicks in when needed.

Roadtest: The Astra Goes the Distance

2009 Saturn Astra Brochure

Daniel Barron from Autonet: Nickelback, Transformers and McDonald's are proof that just because something isn't critically acclaimed, it can still do well financially. On the other hand, Arrested Development, The Shawshank Redemption, and Sony's Playstation 3 are examples of things that have received plenty of great press but were canceled, bombed at the box office, and can't turn a profit, respectively. The Saturn Astra is another example of a good product that got canceled because it didn't sell. After only two short years, The Great North American Astra Experiment is no more.

Saturn Astra XR 3-Door: A Saturn Worth Looking At

2009 Saturn Astra XR3

Karl Perkons from the Canadian Auto Press: I think I have to declare the Astra 3-door the best-looking car General Motors is responsible for. Sure the Cadillac CTS looks good, but it's a premium car, and looking good is part of the deal, not the main attraction. The Astra 3-door can sell itself on looks alone.

Delaware Sky Plant Set to Close at End of the Month

Maureen Milford from the Wilmington News Journal via USA Today: Joe Trincia, 51, of Bear, Delaware, returns Monday to his job at the General Motors auto-assembly plant just as he's done countless times since he was a 19-year-old kid lucky enough to land a decent-paying manufacturing job. But this will be his last recall.

Saturn of Charleston Scores Receives 2008 Mark of Excellence Award

Jim Parker from the Post and Courier: Saturn of Charleston has built a dealership winning streak of its own, capped off this week by receiving the carmaker's 2008 Mark of Excellence award. Joyce, zone manager for Saturn in Atlanta, and regional representative David Orr presented the trophy at a luncheon at the Rivers Avenue outlet Tuesday. "It seems like an annual thing," Orr said.

Penske Automotive Group Expected to Complete Saturn Acquisition this Quarter

Jon Yanca from Car & Driver: The completion of the sale is expected to close in the third quarter of this year, pending many conditions and approvals from the U.S. Treasury, which now holds a majority stake in GM. It has been rumored that Penske has been in talks with Renault Samsung Motors to import the Korean-built vehicles under the Saturn name.

Pied Piper: Saturn No-Haggle Pricing Policy Still Resonates with Customers

Kevin Krolicki from Reuters: Three of the four brands GM is dropping were below average including Pontiac, Saab and Hummer. The exception was Saturn, the highest ranking non-luxury car brand. GM is selling Saturn brand and its associated retail network to Roger Penske's Penske Automotive Group. O'Hagan said Saturn's approach showed its no-haggle pricing policy still resonated with core consumers.

Spring Hill Hopeful About Its Future, Saturn Will Continue to Have an Active Presence at Complex

Mike O'Rourke, president of UAW Local 1853, via the Tennessean: What we factually know is that the Spring Hill Manufacturing facility has been placed in GM's good-asset inventory and that, as of today, the Chevrolet Traverse, which currently is built in Spring Hill, is scheduled to move to Michigan in November.

GM Aims to Trim Vehicle Inventories

Lansing Delta Township Plant

Barbara Wieland from the Lansing State Journal: Inventories also were close to industry standards at GM's Lansing Delta Township plant, where the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook crossovers are made. The Enclave's inventory rose slightly to 50 days as of July 1, up from 46 days a month earlier. But there was a 49-day supply of the Acadia, down from 59 days. And the Outlook inventory held steady at 53 days.

Initial Co-Branding from Pending Penske Acquisition Pumps Saturn Retailers

Steve McKee from Business Week: The moment Roger Penske announced his planned acquisition of the Saturn brand from GM, Saturn dealerships around the country initiated a spontaneous and organic co-branding campaign, erecting banners and billboards to celebrate the alliance.

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River Days Attendees to Compete in "Kiss My Astra" Contest for Chance to Win Backstage Passes to Bon Jovi Concert

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Saturn is offering 16 contestants from the River Days audience will be selected for the opportunity to prove just how much they love Jon Bon Jovi, by kissing the Saturn Astra. Contestants who compete in the car-kissing marathon will compete for a chance to win. All who participate will win tickets to Bon Jovi's July 7 concert at the Palace of Auburn Hills, and the winner will receive two passes to go backstage before the concert. The goal is to help raise awareness and donations for Habitat for Humanity projects in the Detroit area.