Saturn Astra

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    2008 Saturn Astra

    By John Rettie

    On Sale: Fall 2007
    Expected Pricing: $15,000-$20,000

    Saturn is launching a new car to replace the Ion compact this fall.
    The introduction of the 2008 Saturn Astra, revealed to the American
    public at the Chicago auto show, will complete a revamp of the entire
    Saturn lineup that began little over a year ago.

    The new Saturn Astra is essentially a federalized version of the Opel
    Astra. The snazzy looking Astra is a common sight there, and was the
    top-selling model in its segment last year, outselling the Ford

    The new 2008 Saturn Astra will be available as a three-door coupe or a
    five-door hatchback.

    Both the three-door coupe and the five-door hatchback will follow the
    modern European look with a sleek front end and large rear end. The
    five-door model has close to a vertical tailgate while the three-door
    model has a sloping tailgate with an interesting wrap around taillight

    Opinions seemed to be equally divided among visitors to the Chicago
    auto show as to which version looked best. Some liked the five-door
    best, while others thought the sportier three-door with it's lower
    roof line and larger wheels was far more attractive.

    Inside, there is room for five passengers. The 60/40 split rear seat
    folds down for increased storage space. When the seats are in use
    there is 12 cubic feet of storage space under the cargo cover. Fold
    down the back seats and this grows to 45 cubic feet, measured up to
    the ceiling.

    The instrument pod is located in front of the steering wheel and
    incorporates two large circular gauges for the speedometer and
    tachometer with a small analog fuel gauge between them. The center
    stack has a smooth faux aluminum finish. The controls are operated by
    large knobs.

    The Astra will be offered in two trim levels, XE and XR. All models
    will be powered by GM's 1.8-liter Ecotec engine with variable valve
    timing producing 140 horsepower. Transmission choices are a five-speed
    manual or four-speed automatic.

    Safety features on all Astra models include dual-stage frontal air
    bags, front seat-mounted side air bags to help protect front occupants
    and head curtain air bags for front- and rear-seat occupants. Other
    safety features include active head restraints, collapsible pedals,
    front safety belt pretensioners and load limiters plus OnStar with one
    year of Safe & Sound service. StabiliTrak electronic stability control
    system with traction control is standard on the three-door, and
    optional on five-door models.

    The Astra replaces the Ion as the lowest priced model in the Saturn
    lineup, although it will likely be priced a few thousand dollars
    higher when it goes on sale in the fall.
    iwhtcimtlfmwmaomopw, Feb 25, 2007
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