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    IIHS midsize smack down: Side impact ratings better, rear crashes, not so much
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety just wrapped up its latest battery of batterings and most of the tested contenders in the mid-size segment faired well. The Dodge Avenger and Chrysler Sebring, along with the Infiniti G35, Nissan Altima, Chevrolet Malibu, Saturn Aura, Mitsubishi Galant and Kia Optima all received a grade of "Good" for front and ...

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    Opel releases second Insignia teaser
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    It's been a while since we've heard about the upcoming Opel Insignia due out later this year, but we've got a vested interest in its development as it's likely to come to the U.S. sporting a Saturn Aura badge. We were initially teased with a darkened shot of the new Euro-sedan's tail lamp back in November, but today, another shot has surfaced that gives us ...

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    Saturn expected to be source of GM growth
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    It is tough to keep up a winning streak, as Saturn may soon realize. After boasting a 12.6-percent increase in retail sales, and average transaction prices up by $7,000 compared to the previous year, GM expects their Saturn division to continue their growth for the next five years. It most likely won't be that easy. Last year, Saturn presented an entirely ...

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    Japanese makes dominate Consumer Reports Car Owner Satisfaction Survey
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    Consumer Reports released its Car Owner Satisfaction Survey results and brands hailing from the Land of the Rising Sun accounted for nearly half of the winners. Toyota took 10 of the top 39 spots, including the Prius, where nine-out-of-ten owners said they'd buy it again given the chance. U.S. automakers didn't fare as well, only taking seven spots, but the ...

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    Video: GM sponsors high-mpg contest
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    So this video, recorded in North Carolina (although not much more about the date or exact location seems to be found) and sponsored by GM, shows 3 teams that compete with GM cars (I could only identify a Saturn Aura Vue Green Line). The people got 33 to 36 mpg. While these aren't hypermiling figures, they're quite respectable.The teams used a few tricks to ...

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    Next-gen Vectra renamed Insignia
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    click above image to enlargeWhen the next-generation Opel/Vauxhall Vectra debuts at the 2008 London Auto Show in July of next year, it will be called by a different name than the one we've known since 1988. General Motors announced today that its new mid-size family sedan will be called the Insignia, and its design will draw heavily from the well-received ...

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    GM readying $100m Malibu ad campaign
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    Click the image above for more high resolution pics of the 2008 MalibuGM is on the precipice of launching in the next few months three of the most important cars in the entire corporation. The 2008 Corvette and Cadillac CTS have been on the cover of virtually every enthusiast magazine, and us bloggers have been providing consistent updates via the web. The ...

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    Spy Shots: Next-gen Opel Vectra/2010 Saturn Aura
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    click above image for more views of this Opel Vectra mule testing in the U.S.Though they look similar, the current Saturn Aura and its European cousin, the Opel Vectra, do not share the exact same platform as many mistakenly believe. General Motors will correct this when the next-generation of each car arrives, and we've already seen a number of spy shots ...

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    Saturn Side-by-Side-by-Side campaign launches
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    var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/business_finance/GM_brings_Accord_and_Camry_into_Saturn_dealers_for_new_Aura_push'; Over the weekend, we told you about GM's plan to offer comparison test drives of both the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord to Aura shoppers at Saturn dealers nationwide beginning today. Saturn is doing a media push in coordination with the ...

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    In the AutoblogGreen Garage: 2007 Saturn Aura Green Line hybrid
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    Click on the photo of the Aura hybrid for a huge high-res galleryWhen Saturn was first unveiled by then General Motors Chairman Roger Smith in 1985, it was intended to be GM's import-fighting division. They introduced production and sales techniques that were unique to the domestic auto industry. The initial lineup of compact S-Series cars that came to ...

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    Saturn dealers to offer Camry, Accord drives to Aura shoppers
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    The reinvigorated Saturn is one of the best things GM's got going right now. May 2007 sales were up 68% over the previous year (what a difference appealing product makes), and overall, it's up 30% YTD versus 2006. Now comes word from Bloomberg News that starting tomorrow, June 11, all but 5 of the 430 Saturn dealers in the US will offer prospective Aura ...

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    In the Autoblog Garage: 2007 Saturn Aura Green Line
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    Click image for photo galleryWe recently spent a week with Saturn's latest addition to the stable, the Aura Green Line, which afforded us the opportunity to size it up relative to its Aura XR sibling that we tested last year. The Aura XR was impressive, with attractive styling, some real pop underhood courtesy of the 3.6L V6, and a nicely-rounded, ...

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    Alpha RWD platform set to invade GM lineup
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    Citing suppliers and loose-lipped employees of General Motors as its source, Inside Line has learned that the rear-wheel drive Alpha platform will be making a big splash in the automaker's product portfolio soon. The Alpha will reportedly underpin a successor to the Pontiac G6 set to arrive in late 2010. Such a vehicle would do much to enhance Pontiac's ...

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    Spy Shots: 2008 Opel Vectra, now without camo!
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    The new 2008 Opel Vectra is obviously very close to introduction based on how many times it has been turning up at the far end of spy camera lenses lately. The latest images that have appeared show a couple of views of the new car with all the striped mylar photoshopped away to give us a clean look at the first vehicle built on General Motor's Epsilon II ...

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    Lutz lets a bit of Edmunds survey slip, GM takes 13 first place picks
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    Sometimes news is just too good to keep to yourself. Just ask GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz. With his company supposedly claiming 13 spots on Edmund's Consumers' Most Wanted list, Lutz just had to brag a bit on the corporate blog before the winners were made public.And he should brag. Most other car of the year awards are chosen by us automotive writers who ...

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    Saturn kicking butt and taking conquests
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    Saturn has gone from "A different kind of car company" to a much better car company faster than anybody has the right to expect, and all the new products being introduced are starting to result in improved sales numbers. Within one year, the Sky, Aura, and Outlook were introduced, and the Aura provided the cherry on top when it won the 2007 North American ...

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    Saturn Aura named Most Washable Car of 2007
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    Click image for squeaky-clean photo-gallery var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/offbeat_news/Saturn_Aura_named_2007_Most_Washable_Car'; The International Carwash Association (International? Who knew?) has named the Saturn Aura the Most Washable Car of 2007. A variety of criteria are used to determine the winner each year, but predictably, items like securely ...

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    Saturn Aura Green Line becomes lowest priced hybrid
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    The folks at Saturn have finally slapped a sticker on their 2007 Aura Green Line, and at $22,695 (with destination fee) it undercuts the price of every other hybrid on the market. If that wasn't enough incentive to woo would be fuel misers into the dealership, the Green Line also qualifies for the $1,300 federal tax credit.As a refresher, the hybrid setup ...

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    Chicago Auto Show: MotorWeek Drivers Choice Awards
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    We must admit that we were a bit surprised that MotorWeek's award for "Best Car of the Year" went to the Honda Fit. But, we suppose that it, uh, fits. We know, that was way too easy - feel free to mock us in the comments, we can take it. Here is the complete list of winners: Best of the Year: Honda Fit Best Small Car: wait for it... Honda Fit ...

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    Detroit Auto Show: A conversation with Jill Lajdziak
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    Saturn general manager Jill Lajdziak's enthusiasm for her brand is infectious. And really, who can blame her? The charismatic and ebullient Ms. Lajdziak is at the helm of a brand that's critical to GM's product-based turnaround plan and which has seen its entire lineup overhauled over a very short timeframe. It's paying off, too. The day before we ...

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