• Mar 26, 2009
2010 Opel Astra Spy Shots - Click above for image gallery

Saturn's Astra has been something of a commercial non-starter stateside, but it remains a perennial favorite in Opel and Vauxhall guises in Europe. Thus, even with General Motors' touchy-feely brand on the rocks here at home, it's still a pivotal model overseas that warrants attention, even if we probably won't end up seeing it in America.

Thankfully, then, the folks at Autoblog.nl (no relation) have dug up a set of small images showing what looks to be a pair of production-ready 2010 examples. Details are slim, but the car is expected to eventually be offered in a whole range of models, including hatchback, sedan, wagon, and performance-oriented GTC. Look for it to hit the stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show this Fall.



[Source: Autoblog.nl]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice copy of the new Megane.
      • 5 Years Ago
      About a month ago, while new car shopping, I test drove the Saturn Astra and I have to say I liked the way it drove better than the Rabbit (Golf).

      Not that I'd purchase a Saturn with it's unsure future (plus the dealer told me, at that time, they're only selling 2008 leftovers), but it certainly seemed quieter at freeway speeds.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM botched bringing the Astra badly. It's not the car's fault, although Saturn should have offered a trim level lower and a trim level higher than what they offered. The car was sold too conservatively. It offered neither high performance of fuel economy, and received almost no marketing budget. It was doomed before it arrived.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like scaled down Opel Insignia (European Car of the year 2009!).
      Opel (and GM) has big stakes in this segment and I am sure they do everything to make it right. The only reason I didn't bought this Opel Astra generation was for dead boring interior. Opel gave me for a weekend to test. It drives great but interior was so boring. What I see, they made big change to interior too and looks more classy,closer to Audi A3 and BMW 1 which is good. Last two years opel was tom brand with least service needed for their cars,so we can say that quality is on the right level. If they play nice with prices it would be best seller for sure.
      Did ever drived Astra OPC (VXR in UK). 240ps in small car. its just great.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Spy shots, I thought we called them renderings.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So sad really! This car, if marketed properly and given the right power plants could have been a real hit in the states for GM. I still do not understand why GM continues to bleed money into Buick rather than develop great small cars such as the Astra.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Even more, GM should have brought the Astra sedan, which is more likely to succeed than the Hatchback. But hey, that's Chevy 'Balt territory, so...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gm should just scrapped the Saturn brand name and bring the cars in as Opels period. The brand hasn't been seen stateside in decades and it would save them money in the long run. Keep the cars as is, sell them at a decent price and you've got a sporty premium brand that you could replace Pontiac with.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Couldn't agree more, at this point Saturn is such a lousy non-brand that it kills any vehicle with its badge on there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe they could sell it as a Pontiac. With a powerful engine and good handling it could complement the G8 and Solstice in Pontiac's niche performance lineup.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Uhh, Who cares?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Who cares? They've sold over 10,000,000 Astra's worldwide. It's sold as a Saturn, Chevrolet, Holden, Vauxhall and Opel.

        It's the fifteenth best selling nameplate in history, right between the Camry and 3-series. It's one of the most important cars in the world dude.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really don't like this new trend of the rear quarter windows having that forward slant. Most new hatchbacks not called VW Golf have it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree! I hate that look. Just look at the difference 'tween the original Infiniti FX35 and the Nissan Murano. The FX35 was elegant and sleek while the slanted window created a jarring line in the Murano.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's not what I had in mind, but it sure looks great.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hyundai Elantra GT?
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, Opel Astra 2011
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