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Nimble Astra Adds to Saturn's European Flair

2008 Saturn Astra XR 5-Door

Bob Kehoe from The Oregonian newspaper enjoyed driving the 2008 Saturn Astra during his test drive. "Using the 5-speed gearbox," he wrote, "the test car was surprisingly energetic in midrange acceleration and passing situations. Gear changes come smoothly, though the shift linkage could have a more positive feel."

Green Line: A Vue to a Thrill at the Pump

Larry Printz recently drove the 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line and asked: "How much of a premium are you willing to pay to conserve fuel?" See what he had to say.

2008 Saturn XR 5-door Hatchback

2008 Saturn Astra XR 5-Door Headlamp

CarDomain reviewed the new Astra and talked about how the Saturn and Opel brands are teaming together to develop and share new models. One of the fruits of this collaboration, writes the website, "is a C-segment car that has far more in common with a Volkswagen Rabbit than a Chevy Cobalt. It's a handsome design that bristles with German sensibilities."

First Drive: Saturn Aura and HCCI

Benjamin Jones from EcoGeek recently had an opportunity to drive a Saturn Aura prototype equipped with a GM 2.4L Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) powerplant. Read his thoughts about how the new fuel-efficient technology works from a driver's perspective.

Saturn Astra XR 5-Door Reviewed

Astra Instrument Panel

The Texas Tribune recently drove an '08 Saturn Astra 5-Door XR and especially liked its styling and high-grade materials. "I think the car looks great," wrote reviewer Wilson Calvert. "I love the pseudo-projector housing headlights, and the body lines are great, especially on the coupe. The leather was of surprisingly good quality, and I would recommend the premium interior package."

Saturn has Sharp Cars, Low Profile

Saturn's Matt Armstrong recently talked to the Detroit Free Press about the progress the brand is making with its revitalization efforts. "Just a year ago, the top three reasons peopled picked a Saturn were value, fuel economy and the price or monthly payment," he told the newspaper. "Now they are exterior styling, value and fuel economy. That shows that people appreciate our new products. They're coming in because of the products, not because of the payment."

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

Opel Insignia

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."

Saturn Knows How to Build Brand Friendships

Business Week published an good article about what it takes to build a brand that resonates with its owners. Saturn was called out as an example of a company that's done it right.

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.

Jay Leno Checks Out the 2008 Saturn Astra

Watch as Jay Leno takes a look at the new 2008 Saturn Astra as part of "The GM Minute" video series on his website.