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Old 05-08-2006, 08:53 AM   #1
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Done Deal = Astra will be imported for Saturn



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Rebadged Opel Astra will come to U.S. at end of 2007 as Saturn Ion

By HARALD HAMPRECHT AND RICK KRANZ | AUTOMOTIVE NEWS

AutoWeek | Published 05/08/06, 12:12 am et

General Motors plans to import rebadged Opel Astra compacts to replace the Ion at the bottom of Saturn's lineup.

The imports, starting at the end of next year, will sticker at about $16,000 - approximately $3,500 above that of the 2006 Saturn Ion 2 sedan, Ion's base model. Ion production is scheduled to end in December.

GM declined to comment. But sources within GM and its Opel subsidiary confirmed an outline of the plan.

Last year GM sold 100,891 Ions. That car follows the S series, which sold 200,000-plus units from 1993 through 1999, peaking at 286,003 in 1994.

The annual sales target for the Astra model will be considerably lower, ranging from 20,000 to 40,000 units.

Saturn's version of the Astra probably will be assembled in Antwerp, Belgium. The name Astra may be used on the Saturn model.

Importing Astras would fit GM's strategy of repositioning Saturn as a Europeanized brand. At the New York auto show last month, GM Vice Chairman Robert Lutz said nearly all Saturn vehicles will be based on vehicles from Adam Opel AG, GM's German subsidiary.

The current Astra went on sale in Europe in 2004. The European press has praised the car, and it was western Europe's second-best seller last year with 453,000 units, just behind the Volkswagen Golf.

Jim Sanfilippo, executive vice president of the consulting firm AMCI in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., says Saturn should have no trouble selling the car if it is well equipped. "People like to buy cars from Saturn dealers," said Sanfilippo, "and that is still a franchise in General Motors' portfolio that can attract import buyers."

Since 1958, GM occasionally has sold cars from Opel in the United States. In recent years it imported the Cadillac Catera and built the Opel-based Saturn L series in Wilmington, Del. Neither sold well.

GM builds the Ion in Spring Hill, Tenn. It has not disclosed plans for a new vehicle to replace the Ion there.
SOURCE: http://autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar...024/LATESTNEWS


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Old 05-08-2006, 03:42 PM   #2
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interesting, that windshield is kinda crazy. But good im glad they making it more euro, they already look way different then most cars on the road and im hoping it gets GM back up a bit. So glad we dont have to deal with the stupid center gauge cluster anymore.
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Old 05-08-2006, 03:49 PM   #3
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the windshield is an option on the Astra.. and might just not make it over here as an option.

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Old 05-08-2006, 03:56 PM   #4
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can we get the vx-r version? plleeasseee???
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Can you say Astra redline?

Yes we should ge it.. but hoepfully when it comes to the US it will have at least an option of LSD, because the Opel with the turbo Ecotec handles like a wild mustang.. you just think you are in control.

Jeremy Clarckson from TopGear said the Astra is as exciting as playing russian roulette.

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Yeah, me thinks that windshield WILL NOT be an option over here. Too bad, looks crazy...
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can we get the vx-r version? plleeasseee???
If we do, it'll be expensive...its more expensive in Europe than the Focus ST. Assuming the price doesn't get adjusted seriously, you'll be looking at ~$35,000 off the lot, putting it at and above STi and Evo price range. Granted, its making 240 BHP, but that's still high for a FWD turbo hatchback. If they do bring it over you'll be looking at a stripped-down version of what's for sale in Europe...cut-rate suspension, cheap plastic interiors, etc. I think I'll hold out for the MS3.
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not really .... the price does not directly translate because of taxes.. GTI is 30k pounds in UK while it is 23k dollars in the US ....

it will be expensive, but not 35k

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anyone ever driven one? what's it like?
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