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2008 Saturn Astra XR 3-Door Review: 'American' is Not its First Language

AutoPacific recently drove the Saturn Astra throughly documented their time behind the wheel in this review. "The new Aura, Outlook, Sky, and Vue are clear winners - the latter two are AutoPacific's 2008 Vehicle Satisfaction Award winners in their respective segments," wrote the group, "and the new Astra aims to continue that success."

GM's Fairfax Plant Revs Up for Fuel-Efficient Aura, Changeover to '09 Model Planned for Tomorrow

The Kansas City Business Journal reports that General Motors is planning to start building the 2009 Saturn Aura beginning this Friday. In addition, the plant been given approval to work overtime to increase production. For '09, the 2.4L Aura will offer customers a class-leading 33 mpg EPA fuel economy rating.

Aura Stands Out in a Crowd

Robert Kelley from the Colorado Springs Gazette recently drove a 2008 Saturn Aura. He not only liked its sophisticated, European styling, but also the Aura's interior layout and features. "The front seats are supportive and comfortable with optional heating for those cold morning commutes," he wrote. "Instrumentation, controls and knobs all clearly marked and easy to manipulate."

The Next Wallflower Car: Saturn Astra

Last Friday, AOL Autos and CNN published a list of what they call the top automotive wallflowers. So, what's a wallflower?

Review: '08 Saturn Astra 5-Door XR

2008 Saturn Astra XR 5-Door Headlamp

Drew Johnson from LeftlaneNews.com spent some time with the new Saturn Astra and he was impressed with its "responsive and capable handling," as well as its styling. "The Astra's lines are taught and its sloping roofline gives the hatchback just a hint of coupe in its silhouette," he wrote. "The Astra's wheels nicely fill its wheel wells – a subtle touch not found on many American cars.

Hybrid's Point of Vue

Ira Siegel, Southtown Star newspaper's auto writer recently drove a '08 Vue Green Line hybrid. He appreciated the Vue's higher fuel economy and low price. "The Vue Green Line provides a nice alternative for those looking to spend less at the pump," he concluded.

USA Today Drives the '08 Saturn Astra XR5

James Healey from USA Today road tested the 2008 Saturn Astra XR 5-door in yesterday's newspaper. "What a great time for General Motors to have a sweet-driving, decent-looking small car like the Saturn Astra," he wrote in his review. While he felt his well-equipped test car was "a bit pricey," he thought that the Astra deserved serious consideration from small car shoppers.

Saturn Becomes GM's European Everyman Brand

Steve Schaefer from the San Leandro Times newspaper drove a black sapphire 2008 Saturn Astra three-door hatchback, and he thought it was an "eye-catching, fun-to-drive car." He wasn't the only one to notice the Astra's good looks. He wrote that "a senior executive at my day job, who owns a Porsche 911, admired the Astra as I parked it."

German by Way of Tennessee

Mike Magrath from Edmunds.com drove the Saturn Astra XR 3-Door and thought that its "three-door hatchback style sends a strong sporting message." He liked its "stout German build quality" as well as its "autobahn-rated ride and handling." The 2008 Astra "doesn't change the game," he said, but it "plays it very, very well."

With Battery Issues Resolved, Saturn Ramps Up Production of Vue Hybrid

For the past several months, Saturn has been struggling with battery issues brought on by a supplier that hampered production of its popular 2008 hybrid models.

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Breaking News: Bush to Offer $17.4 Billion in Loans

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Justin Hyde from the Detroit Free Press Washington Staff: The Bush administration will offer General Motors and Chrysler loans totaling $17.4 billion in return for strict conditions mirroring those proposed by Senate Republicans last week. Those terms include not only the conditions agreed to by congressional Democrats, but new limits sought on the UAW contracts including matching wage and benefits of foreign automakers with U.S. plants by the end of next year.