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    GM Belgium factory shutting down after failure to find buyer
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    General Motors is shutting the doors on its Antwerp, Belgium manufacturing facility after failing to find a buyer for the plant. According to Automotive News, companies from both the United States and China expressed interest in the factory, but GM says that neither could come up with a ...

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    Opel details Paris plans, including GTC Paris hatch concept, Astra Sports Tourer
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    Opel at the 2010 Paris Motor Show – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Believe it or not, the Paris Motor Show is just a hop, skip and a jump away. Opel has already taken it upon itself to give the world a taste of what the company will show off at this year's show, including its new ...

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    Officially Official: Opel loads up new Astra Sports Tourer [w/video]
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    2011 Opel Astra Sports Tourer – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Small wagons might not have much of a place in the United States, but overseas, they do very well, thank you. Take the Opel Astra, for example – its wagon variant accounts for around 25 percent of its overall ...

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    Spy Shots: 2011 Opel Astra three-door 'coupe' caught in the lot
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    2011 Opel Astra Sport Coupe spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Car and Driver has prognosticated that we'll get other versions of the Buick Regal, but we still don't know if we'll get this one: the Opel Astra Sport 'Coupe.' Wearing much less cladding than when we've seen ...

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    Spy Shots: Sporty Opel Astra three-door spotted, coming to Buick?
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    The first images of the new three-door Opel Astra have turned up and the new hatch appears to be shaping up to be even more attractive than its predecessor. The prototype appears to have a more steeply raked windshield than the five-door currently available in Europe and China where it's badged as ...

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    Spy Shots: Opel Astra ST spotted braving the elements
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    Opel/Vauxhall Astra SportsTourer spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The Opel/Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer – otherwise known as a wagon or estate – is testing its cold weather chops with minimal camouflage. Details on the little cargo carrier are slim, but ...

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    Video: Opel goes all "Oceans Eleven" and augmented reality for new Astra
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    The 2010 Astra is one nice-looking hatch, and the good people at Opel are going to great lengths to show the world their five-door accomplishment. The latest example of Astra pride comes in the form of a two-and-a-half minute short that plays off of ...

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    Frankfurt 2009: Opel Astra makes its debut under the lights
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    2010 Opel Astra - Click above for high-res image gallery
    By now, you've likely already seen official shots of the 2010 Opel Astra, both inside and out. Of course, catching a glimpse of a new shape under the harsh lighting of an auto show often brings a different point of view than the automaker's ...

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    GM announces plans to build new small car in U.S. - but which one will it be?
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    2010 Chevy Spark - Click above for a hi-res image gallery
    General Motors has issued a cryptic press release suggesting it plans to retool an existing plant here in the United States to build a new small car. No specifics are given on what small car this may be, as the missive only says that the ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #127
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    Chris, Sam, and Dan kick it for Episode #127 of the Autoblog Podcast. Of course, there are the usual tangents around the topics, which this week include BMW's new Z4, a poll about Hybrids, Chrysler's bankruptcy, Toyota's losses, ...

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    Opel does a fan-dance with 2010 Astra teasers
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    2010 Opel Astra teasers – Click above for a high-res image gallery
    With the Frankfurt Auto Show looming on the horizon, German automakers in particular have been preparing their latest offerings for their debuts. And even with its future still hanging in the balance, General Motors' Opel ...

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    Rumormill: Buick Astra coming in 2011?
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    Further bolstering rumors that the Buick brand is set to receive rebranded products from GM's European Opel division are reports from GM Inside News indicating that a small car based on the Astra platform – initially planned for the now-defunct Saturn brand – has been transferred to ...

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    2010 Opel Astra hatch, GTC coupe and wagon revealed
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    2010 Opel Astra renderings – Click above for image gallery
    What we have here are reported to be official renderings from General Motors of the next-generation Opel Astra line, including the hatchback, high-performance GTC model and wagon, or what the Europeans call the Estate. Due out in ...

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    Spy Shots: Next Vauxhall Astra caught in the buff
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    The next Opel/Vauxhall Astra – which may or may not make it to the States as a Saturn – has been caught outside General Motors' testing facility in Germany. The singular spy shot reveals a new greenhouse design, hatch, taillights and rear wing. The Opel Insignia's influence is apparent ...

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    Saturn Astra goes away for 2009
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    If you've been looking to spec a new Astra like Autoblog reader ramirez8167, you may have noticed that you can't build or locate a 2009 model on Saturn's website. That's because there isn't one. With plenty of dealer stock on-hand for the slow-moving Opel-based hatch, General Motors has simply ...

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    GM gives very early sneak peek at next-gen Astra
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    Click above for high-res gallery of fourth-gen Astra sneak peek
    We just told you about Bob Lutz' comments that the Saturn Astra is too expensive and not making any money in the U.S., but that may change when the next iteration arrives. Of course, the next Astra will debut in Europe first as an ...

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    Spy Shots: Opel Astra caught
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    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 ...

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    Review: 2008 Saturn Astra XR
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    2008 Saturn Astra – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Enthusiasts here in the States have long wondered why they couldn't buy Ford and GM small cars from Europe, and at least part of the answer has been that Americans don't want to pay big bucks for premium small cars. Spiking gasoline ...

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    Lotus annouces new Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Group
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    Behind the scenes, Lotus is much more than a low-volume manufacturer of sporty little roadsters. Along with Lotus Cars, Group Lotus houses Lotus Engineering. With decades of motorsports experience, Lotus Engineering offers consulting expertise to automotive suppliers and OEM manufacturers. They've ...

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    GM planning Astra hybrid
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    GM has a huge hit in the current generation Opel Astra, and the General is well into the development of a replacement for the compact hatch too keep the good times a-rollin. The next-generation Astra will likely be made in multiple locations for markets like the US and it will be one of 13 global ...

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