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GM May Shrink Lambda Crossovers to Make Room for Unibody Chevy Tahoe Replacement

A story broke this week over at Bloomberg about GM's efforts to squeeze more fuel efficiency out of its highly profitable and popular fullsize truck-based sport-utility lineup. The article noted that its very likely that GM will transition those models from the pickup truck chassis used today to another architecture that features a lighter unibody construction.

Turbo Four-Cylinder to be Offered in Future Aura?

Late last month Leftlane News published spy photos of the next-generation Buick LaCrosse, which will be built on the same GM global midsize architecture as the 2010 Saturn Aura. What made the camouflaged photos unique was not necessarily the photos themselves, but the powertrain reportedly being tested under the hood of the car: the Saturn Sky Red Line's 260hp 2.0L turbocharged I4.

NY Times Plugs ImSaturn and Offers a Glimpse of Future Site Enhancements

ImSaturn Logo

The New York Times featured a story about Saturn's ImSaturn social networking website yesterday, and in the process gave a preview of some new features that are in development. The paper wrote how Saturn is the "willing-to-experiment counterpart to its traditionalist parent company," and it thought that the new site was an effective way "to maintain its 'different kind of company' heritage and close relationship to its customers."

Google Uses Astra to Capture Data for Upcoming 'Street View' Service in Europe

PC World published a story this week about a project Google is believed to have underway that is leading up to the European launch of its popular "Street View" service for Google Maps. The magazine says two Google employees were spotted on the streets of Paris collecting photos and location information using a Opel Astra rigged with all sorts of electronic equipment.

'10 Astra Secrets Revealed?

2010 Saturn Astra Artist's Rendering

Drive, an Australian online motoring magazine, has a sneak peak at what they think the next-generation Astra will look like. Due in 2009 and sold by Holden in the land down under, Saturn's version is expected to go on sale in North America a year later. According to the article, the new car will feature "sexier looks, sportier handling, and fuel-efficient engines."

Video: 2008 Saturn Astra 3-Door XR Review

Fox News recently reviewed the Saturn Astra XR and said: "In true Euro-compact fashion, the ride is stable and sure, with a high comfort level over bumps, but excellent composure through turns.

Saturn Astra XR is Simply Fun to Drive

You can tell that Ralph Gray had a great time test driving the 2008 Saturn XR 3-door. "The seat and steering wheel configuration dictates that the driver extend his arms straight out to handle the wheel," he wrote. "That's the way it's done on the Autobahn."

Call it Euro Brash: 2008 Saturn Astra

Dan Neil of the LA Times is a self-described European car fan who liked driving Saturn's Astra hatchback. "It's well equipped, a great value, surprisingly comfortable – even in the back, under that umbrella of a roof – and on a tight twisty, it's just phenomenal," he said in his review.

Vue GL Bests RAV4 in Motor Trend Comparison Test

The Vue Green Line found itself in fourth place in Motor Trend's "Frugal Fives" compact SUV comparison, finishing ahead of Toyota's RAV4. "The Saturn VUE pops the RAV for fourth on two counts," said the magazine. "One, its ride could stir Tempur-Pedic's patent lawyers. Two, in this era of gas-price muggings, the Green Line's combined mileage is 4.7 mpg higher than the average of the rest" of the vehicles tested.

AutoblogGreen Drives the 2008 Saturn Vue Hybrid

2008 Saturn Vue Green Line

Autoblog just finished testing the 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line hybrid. Overall, they liked it – inside and out – praising its styling, efficiency for the price, and interior. "The styling of the dash is far more car-like and attractive than the [Ford] Escape and appears to be of higher quality materials," wrote the site.

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Analyst Says Saturn Should Add Microvan to Lineup

Opel Meriva Concept

Jim Hall, managing director of 2953 Analytics, thinks Saturn should add a microvan – similiar to the Opel Meriva concept shown on the right – to its lineup. The Meriva was unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show this year. What do you think? Vote in the poll and then post your thoughts.