Before the new Saturn Astra officially goes on sale in January, GM's Euro-American division is conducting a promotional road show with the new compact. The Astra test drive program kicks off this weekend in San Francisco before making its way to Miami in mid-December. At each stop, GM will be setting up a course where people can get in and get a feel for the Astra. Anyone who is interested in trying one out should go to the Astra website and click on the "Rethink the Test Drive" link. From their you can find out when and where the tour will be nearby and schedule a drive.

[Source: Saturn]

Saturn Astra - the all-new sport compact car with European-bred driving dynamics - arrives in dealerships early next year. But enthusiasts who want to be among the first to see, feel and drive the Astra can participate in one of 14 test drive programs held this fall across the United States, between Oct. 12 and Dec. 13.

By visiting Saturn.com/AllNewAstra and clicking on the "Rethink the Test Drive" tab in the lower left corner, you can sign up - including one guest - for the nearest city's event. There, participants are allowed to get in, crawl through, push buttons and gaze under the hood of the all-new Astra, while product experts answer any and all questions.

After being familiarized with the Astra, participants are encouraged to put it through its paces on a closed course designed to highlight the car's comfort, performance and overall feel. It's a fun, safe and personal way to experience an exciting new car before anyone else in your area.

The Astra is available starting Jan. 2. It is offered in three- and five-door models, with a starting price of $15,995 (including destination). Astra is packed with a wide range of standard equipment and safety features, including six air bags. Power comes from a 138-hp 1.8L Ecotec four-cylinder that is both energetic and economical.

Cities and metropolitan areas included on the test drive tour include:

  • San Francisco - Oct. 12
  • Los Angeles - Oct. 17
  • Phoenix - Oct. 22
  • Chicago - Oct. 24
  • Orange County, Calif. - Oct. 25
  • Seattle - Nov. 1
  • Detroit - Nov. 8
  • Houston - Nov. 15
  • Dallas - Nov. 20
  • New York - Dec. 3
  • Philadelphia - Dec. 6
  • Orlando - Dec. 10
  • Atlanta - Dec. 13
  • Miami - Dec. 13

Test drive locations and directions are available when you sign up at Saturn.com/AllNewAstra - you supply the enthusiasm and Saturn will supply the orange cones.


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