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Astra Features a Good Balance of Space and Efficiency

Nelson Ireson from MotorAuthority.com drove the compact Saturn Astra and appreciated the car's space and efficiency, as well as its handling prowess and interior quality. "The soft-but-not-too-soft feel of most of the interior surfaces is pleasing," he wrote, "and should prove easy to maintain, while the cloth seats are attractive and comfortable."

Flashback Friday: the "Trendsetting" Spring Hill Manufacturing Complex

Aerial Photo of the Former Saturn Plant

As part of its look back on General Motors' past 100 years, Assembly Magazine recently profiled what it considered to be "four trendsetting GM facilities that have opened in the United States since Richard Nixon was president." Among the plants discussed was the former Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. This "new kind of assembly plant" run by GM's different kind of car company, incorporated some of the best features from factories around the world, and offered some very unique innovations of its own. Many of the lessons learned in Spring Hill have been adopted in other newer GM plants, like the Lansing Delta Township factory in Michigan where the Saturn Outlook is made.

Saturn Astra 4-Door XE Hatchback

Kelley Blue Book reviewed the 2008 Saturn Astra 4-door XE hatchback and tells readers that they'll like the sporty car "if you're shopping for an affordable, fuel-efficient small car, but you also want something that's both fun to drive and style-conscious." Two of their favorite features available on the Astra were the dual-panel sunroof and sport seats.

Details Emerge About the 2nd-Generation GM Mild Hybrid System

Edmunds.com's Green Car Advisor reports that GM "has developed a second-generation mild hybrid system that for the first time takes advantage of powerful, lightweight lithium ion batteries to provide more power and a slight increase in fuel economy." The new system will reportedly be available in 2010 Saturns "with a lot of growth potential" across GM's worldwide product line, according to Stephan Poulos, GM's global chief engineer for hybrid systems.

Spied: Next-Gen Saturn Aura Testing Continues, Despite Unclear Future

Next-Generation Aura Spied in the U.S.

LeftlaneNews.com reports that Saturn is continuing to put its next-generation Aura through its paces, even though the company has said that it will be keeping the current Aura in its lineup for another three or four years due to budgetary issues. However, several sources – including Leftlane – have said the car's delay is not only the result of corporate-wide cost-cutting initiatives. Saturn reportedly wants to launch the car with an impressive batch of new fuel-efficient powerplants that are still a couple years away.

Saturn Will Soon Offer a Wider Array of Hybrids than Any Other Brand

General Motors Hybrid Vehicle Logo

You may remember reading a report on SaturnFans.com last month about Saturn removing its catchy "Green Line" label from its hybrid vehicles beginning with its 2009 model year vehicles. Well, the Detroit Free Press published a story about the same topic earlier today, but added an interesting point that makes it worthwhile to revisit the subject again: Saturn will soon offer more types of hybrids than any other automaker.

Redline Sky a "Ton of Fun for the Buck"

The Texas Tribune put the spotlight on the 2008 Saturn Sky Red Line in yesterday's edition, while drooling over the car's drop-dead gorgeous looks, "polished" interior, and handling that's "unheard" of in its price range. Were there any drawbacks?

A Clear "Vue" Ahead

Canada's Richmond Review posted a story about the Saturn Vue Hybrid sport-utility they recently tested. "Sporty looks and good fuel consumption numbers put the Saturn VUE Hybrid in the must-see category of thrifty SUVs," Richmond Review wrote on their website. What else did they have to say? Read on.

Auto Reviewer Gets 37 MPG During Astra Test

Auto reviewer Duncan Haimerl from the Hartford Courant recently drove a 2008 Saturn Astra and decided to consciously drive with a "featherweight touch" to see how it would impact the vehicle's fuel economy. The result? Over a 184 mile loop he only used 5.002 gallons of gas, which calculates to be a combined city/highway fuel economy of 36.79 miles per gallon! So Astra owners, what's the highest MPG you've calculated with your cars?

Saturn Astra Arrives Just in Time

Jeff Taylor, auto writer for Search Chicago, thinks the Saturn Astra offers "a rare blend economy, affordability, styling and above average build quality," he wrote in his review. "Saturn has created a new car worthy of consideration in the tough compact segment."

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2009 Saturn Sky Pricing (September 29, 2008)

These figures are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices for the 2009 Saturn Sky and do not include taxes, title, license fees, or optional equipment. Each retail facility is responsible for setting it's own selling price. Remember, Saturn may change prices, equipment, and specifications at any time without notice, so please check your retailer for the most up-to-date prices.