• Aug 8, 2008
Ja, Bjorn, tink dat's de new Astra? Shoor looks like it, Jan. Lutz will be asking you to kiss this thing when it comes out from under that checkerboard camo. The current Astra is good, and the new one promises to be better, with looks that aren't revolutionary, but nicely done nonetheless. We'll see this world car version of the Astra sometime around 2011 with a variety of drivetrains, including hybrid power. The C-Pillar remains obscured, leaving our curiosity about the hatch's ultimate form unfulfilled. From what we can see, though, the new Astra will be like the current Astra - competitively styled and priced.

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      • 6 Years Ago

      Considering how the present Astra is selling in the US, GM might decide not to send this over to the US after all.
      • 6 Years Ago
      BTW: IMHO Astra has THE best interior materials out of any car in the class and it's very well put together. I don't know any other car in this class that has soft-touch dashboard and door panels. I own a Mazda3 and I have been in any other car in the segment; none can beat the Astra in this respect.

      I hope GM will bring the new Astra to the US/Canada, as seen in Europe and complete with proper cup holders and armrest from the factory. However, the only think that bothers me about the new Delta II platform is the rear torsion beam instead of multi-link.

      I would love to have the option to choose from the new generation Mazda3, Astra, Focus (Euro), and Golf/Rabbit. I would also include the Ford Fiesta in the mix and, wishful thinking, Corsa (Opel/Saturn).
      • 6 Years Ago
      As long as their offer us an engine with a little more power then the 1.8L, it should be OK. It doesn't even have to be a 200hp+ turbo, a simple 160-170HP option to complete the US lineup will do.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What do you need 160-170 HP for? What's your hurry?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does anyone have a sales number for the Astra? Everyone says it is not selling well but I have not seen any numbers. I want to see numbers relative to what was projected and as a % of inventory. The total sales may be low but are sitting on lots for a long time when there are a few available? I drive past a Saturn dealer almost every day and dont see many in the lot. Just curious, I dont know one way or the other. Seems like a nice enough car to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      These days Americans will buy anything European at a premium price just because they don't believe American cars have good quality. If GM brings in an Opel and calls it a Saturn, people still consider it a junky American car. Had it been brought in as an Opel I wonder if more people would buy it thinking it was like a BMW or Mercedes or other European just by name. It might explain a little bit about the sales if you think about it from the side of a pretentious soccer mom that wants to impress her friends with her European car. This is how Americans, and yes I am one, think, or otherwise the streets wouldn't be clogged with the last decade's ever growing SUVs and trucks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Astra sales are slowly picking up with little to no help from GM. The Astra lacks advertisement in the US and Canada. Even this blog shows how little people know about it.

      June 08 Astra Sales:
      US: 888
      Canada: 966
      I don't have the exact numbers for July, but IIRC they are well over 1000 each.

      There is a dealer-installed armrest available, with a slide-out, usable cup holder built in. The stock cup holder insert, totally impractical, is removed when the armrest is installed. The price I heard is $175.


      The Astra lacks advertisment in the US (and Canada). Even this blog shows how little people know about it.
      There is a dealer istalled armrest available, with a slide out cup holder built in. The price I heard is $175.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Those numbers seem small but one would need to know how they relate to total inventory. If the US inventory of Saturn Astras is 1000 and 888 are sold that is not bad. If the inventory is 10000 and 888 are sold that is horrible. It is hard to rate the sales based on a raw number with nothing to bench it against.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bjorn? Cute, but Sweden ain't Germany.

      Hopefully they put front armrests on this one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Euro-model Astra always have front armrest, GM deleted it on the US version to save money spent on the airbag sensors in the chair.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Except the car was spotted in the Netherlands if you RTFA. It clearly states it was spotted at Schiphol (Amsterdam).
      • 6 Years Ago
      the interior is not up to the Rabbit and it's missing a center armrest. I testdrove it as I really like the exterior design and I'd happy get one if that interior was at least confortable enough. no center armrest, and if you drive over 1hr then you'd be kicking your own self in the a$$ for even buying the car. I used to have a Geo Prizm that had no center armrest, reliable as they come, but that armrest just did me in and I had to get rid of that car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It is common in this price class to be missing a center armrest. But selling a car over lack of an armrest is pretty stupid. Get an aftermarket unit installed! They are available for almost all cars without one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Really? I dont think it is common to not have an Arm rest in a $16K - $23K car. Corrolla = Armrests. Civic = Armrests. Sentra = Armrests. Jetta = Armrests. Rabbit = Armrests.
        • 6 Years Ago
        well considering I gog a G35 - i'd say I'm glad

        but had that car been a bit more confortable, like better seats adn had an armrest, I couldn't wait to get rid of it (even though the only thing I ever fixed was the alternator)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Gregg,

        at that point I traded it in for a G35

        I would have waited another year or two had the car been a bit more confortable, but i'm so enjoying the G35
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know about sales figures, but I watch enough TV and read enough magazines to know that the car isn't being pushed enough in advertising. It's almost as if it's being buried for some dumb reason. That could explain why I've so far seen only one on the road.
      • 6 Years Ago
      GM builds a version of the Astra in sedan form out of their Turkey factory and I wonder why is this version not offered here since so many people in the US rather drive a sedan than a hatch.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Correct me if I'm wrong but I think GM is going to have to revise their Astra engine offerings and make a decent attempt at more effective marketing if this car is to make it on U.S. soil. I for one like the Astra but the lack of a more powerful engine option and some serious sport tuned suspension bits will keep me on the sidelines.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Stupid GM!

      Bring the Euro hatch model! That's what the Uh-mericans are crying for! Uh-merica looveees hatches!!!! Why wouldn't Detroit bring Euro models? Euro models would sell like hot cakes! GM would sell 15 million copies in 3 days!! Stupid GM/Ford/Chrysler....

      / end sarcasm

      That's what folks on Autoblog would say. (Along with calls for RWD & 400hp Turbo for 'Tuners'....ya know, the usual Autoblog cliches...

      Sigh, GM listened & brought Astra to US. How many are they selling?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Astra, although a good car, is not selling because Americans don't trust GM not to burn them again like in the past. GM has low brand equity, Saturn even less.

        Since GM/Saturn is improving on quality, why not make a splash about it & increase the bumper-to-bumper warranty converage to 5/60 like Hyundai/Kia from the present 3/36? Honda & Toyota can get away with low warranty coverage because of their perceived quality. GM/Saturn don't have that image in public minds. (Can you blame them since GM has burnt them before).

        Learn from Hyundai & Kia. The reason why people seriously started looking at Hyundai/Kia was when they announced their 5/60 & 10/100 warranty.
        • 6 Years Ago
        With every option and accessory I can still only get the price a bit over $23K. That is not bad at all and right in line with Civic, Corolla, and Rabbit. $16-23K is not a bad price.
        • 6 Years Ago
        But they cost $16K for the econo hatch model.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There is a slight problem right now with bringing the Euro models to the US... The Euro to Dollar exchange rate. As it stands right now GM is losing money on every Saturn Astra because no American is willing to pay $25K for an econo hatch.
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