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Source: Production Chevy Volt Front-End to Feature Saturn Ion Styling Cues

The Detroit News reported this past weekend that the innovative Chevrolet Volt concept was put on display for one final time in Washington, DC last week. "The Chevy Volt is about to go into hiding," wrote the paper. "When General Motors debuted the concept version of the battery-powered Chevy at the 2007 auto show, its techno-sporty looks drew standing ovations. It was a design diva, accepting as many exterior accolades as its revolutionary powertrain."

Brand's Revival Continues with Astra Hatchback

Nitish Rele, Automotive columnist at the Tampa Tribune, profiled the 2008 Saturn Astra in the paper last weekend. "The Astra is mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission," the paper said, "which conserves fuel when the car shifts into neutral while idle."

Saturn's Astra Traveling on Dual Passports

2008 Saturn Astra Road Test Photos

Lawrence Ulrich from the New York Time drove the 2008 Saturn Astra 3-door XR earlier this spring and while he like the attention to detail in the interior – the "steering wheel controls, whose scroll wheels are dead ringers for Audi's, efficiently direct the radio, CD changer and trip computer" – he felt a more powerful engine should be available as an option. "Enthusiasts will need to scan the docks for a potential Saturn Red Line version based on the turbocharged Astras sold elsewhere in the world."

2008 Saturn Vue XR AWD Review

Luc Gagné at Auto123.com had a chance to drive a 2008 Saturn Vue XR all-wheel-drive. "Saturn has become synonymous with boldness and modernism," he wrote in his review. "Clearly, GM is steering Saturn in the right direction; the 2008 Vue is a brilliant example."

Saturn to Drop 'Green Line' Name for Hybrids in '09

General Motors Hybrid Vehicle Logo

David Thomas over at Cars.com's Kicking Tires blog reported yesterday that Saturn plans to drop the "Green Line" moniker and logo from its hybrid vehicles for 2009. Instead, the Aura and Vue hybrids will just be called, well, "Hybrids." The change is an attempt to simplify Saturn's nomenclature in order to make easier for folks who were not familiar with Saturn terminology to recognize a Saturn hybrid when they see one.

2008 Saturn Vue Red Line AWD Test Drive

2008 Vue Red Line Emblem

The Automotive Addicts Blog recently drove an '08 Vue Red Line. They liked the power, available features, and sophistication of Saturn's sport-tuned compact crossover utility. "The all-new Saturn lineup has gone upscale with input from GM's European design and engineering studios," they wrote, "and the evidence is plainly seen in the all-new Saturn Vue Red Line."

European Original Poised to be Serious Contender for Saturn Against Corolla, Civic, Focus

2008 Saturn Astra XR 5-Door

Ben McAllister from Towson University's independent newspaper, the Towerlight, test drove a fully loaded five-door Astra XE with moon roof, heated cloth seats, and alloy wheels. What was his overall impression? "The Astra is poised to slay giants," he concluded an the end of his review.

Star Quality for Saturn

Bill and Barbara Schaffer from Auto Digest take a look at the 2008 Saturn Astra in their most recent column published by the Journal Gazette. "The Astra is suddenly one of the best small cars on the market," wrote Bill. "If dealers can get customers to drive the Astra, I’m betting they will like it, I did. It's now on my list of favorite small cars."

Saturn Ion is Out, Saturn Astra is In

The Associated Press recently drove a 3-door 2008 Saturn Astra XR and thought it was a competitive entry in the small car market. "The 2008 Saturn Astra is a compact car with decent fuel economy, attractive styling and, of all things, a European flair," wrote the AP.

2008 Saturn Astra 3-Door XR Reviewed

Mike Hanley from Cars.com recently test drove a 2008 Saturn Astra XR and reported that the "hatchback delivers a distinctly European driving experience." He loved the slick styling of the 3-door, but thought Saturn should offer a more powerful engine option. "Something so sporty-looking deserves a more entertaining engine," he wrote.

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Plug-In Vue Hybrid May Arrive as Soon as 2010

Saturn Vue Green Line Plug-In Hybrid

Saturn announced today at the North American International Auto Show that production will may begin as soon as 2010 on a plug-in hybrid electric version of the Saturn Vue Green Line, expected to be the first regular production plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Depending on a consumer's drive cycle, the Vue plug-in hybrid will be the most fuel-efficient vehicle offered by a major automaker.