• Jun 27, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the Opel Insignia

After seeing plenty of shots of Opel's new Insignia mid-sizer, we're anxiously awaiting General Motor's official announcement of its statewide debut as the next-gen Saturn Aura. Unfortunately, current rumors indicate that we'll be waiting a bit longer than initially planned, as the project has reportedly been put on hold for an undetermined amount of time. We're fuzzy on what prompted the hold-up, though some conjecture has been heard regarding the fuel economy of the impending vehicle. In Europe, there are four gasoline engines and three diesels available, though we have serious doubts that many if any of those powerplants will make it Stateside. It's certainly possible that today's high fuel prices are causing GM to rethink getting one of its smaller gas engines certified for sale in the U.S. We can be sure, though, that this expected new vehicle launch will be an important one for the future of the Saturn brand, so perhaps GM is wise to get everything sorted out before its official debut. Thanks for the tip, Mark!


[Source: GM Inside News]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The irony of this situation is this Opel could be the best midsize offered in the US but nobody will buy it. Saturn's new lineup modeled after Opel's styling is a complete bomb.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The General better not delay this car for too long. Nor can they make the mistake of bring it over with low fuel economy figures.
      • 6 Years Ago
      two things will hold it up: build costs and size/weight.

      Epsilon 2 is a very large platform and also very sophisticated. With the oil price and the market turning down, GM might want to get more value out of the current Saturn.

      Also Saab/GM has decided not to build the new 9-3 on the Epsilon 2 for the same reasons. It will now be smaller and lighter than planned, and be built on the new Global Premium Compact platform (which is a bit bigger than the current Astra).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Could it be because the Astra isn't moving? I've seen exactly one of them on the road and the local Saturn store currently has 210 of them in stock.

      Time to re-think the no-dicker sticker?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I bet when this car comes to the state the interior is not this good. They'll put some shabby stuff, cheap plastics.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Would love to see this car come stateside sooner than later. Handsome design and certainly a step up from the current Aura.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, kill the best looking and most likely performing car in the mid size FWD segment to come out of the opel/saturn partnership. That will help sales...
      Just bring it over with the Diesel!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Engine is not certified for the US.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think that GM just needs to advertise Saturn better. People don't know its really there.

      I'd like to see GM try a larger version of the 1.4 turbo in the large cars. Say, maybe a 1.6 to 1.8 turbo, putting out around 175-180hp. Really, if they stop the weight gain, that should be plenty, and probably get a little better fuel economy than the 2.4. Only, it would cost a bit more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Typical GM again.... thought they were past this. I hope it is just an engine thing and not that GM is becoming wishy washy again in their Euro products that will be on offer here in the US. One thing I do wish is that they offered more power in the Astra... I think the engine is a bit small. I hope this come soon though, looks really good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If the hold-up has to do with broadening the NA engine range on the low end, they're smart to do it.

      As gas crests $5.00/gal (and it's already damn close in my neck of the woods), non-enthusiasts are going to be thinking a lot about how whether their next family schlepper really needs to do 0-60 in 7 seconds.
      • 6 Years Ago
      well they had better. this car smacks everything else in the class. like it matters anyway, its not a honda so....
        • 6 Years Ago
        sorry too many typo's, i meant honda would have an engine that would have to rev to 9000 rpm to get 160 hp and no torque!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Right. If it were a Honda, you'd be able to get it with a fuel efficient 4-cyl engine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Give me one with 0-60 time under 15 seconds, runs on 87 octane and fuel economy over 35 mpg highway, and I'd pay at least 20k for it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        US fuels R+M / 2
        91RON-86AKI (the US has a higher bottom)
        95RON-90AKI (European mid-grade is higher than traditional US mid-grade 89AKI)
        98RON-93AKI (Thanks to states like California, the highest that can be expected is 91AKI, so most European engines are 'dumbed down' for US consumption

        GM could/should add direct injection to the 2.4 I4, install into Malibu, G6, Aura, and then you would have your over 35mpg car. 40mpg@60mph sound nice?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The 2009 Aura will have a EPA of 33 Highway, many today would tell you that 35 in the 2008 4 cly is easily achieved.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ah man i wish the insignia was priced like that over here. the one i am interested in, the 1.6 turbo with 180hp will set me back at least 26k euros (!). do the math :)

        but 87 octane... would cost you some power i guess. the "worst" quality fuel here is 91 octane, most modern engines run on 95 octane.

        regards
        jan
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