• Reece Posted: 1/28/2009 9:26pm PST

    "Focus Mk2 again"

    This is bizzarre, GM Europe will be getting a new Astra, built off the same platform as the Cruze (but with better, more expensive multipoint independent suspension), yet Saturn will, like Ford America stupidly did with the Ford Focus, stick to the old cars mechanicals rather than update them. This version of the Astra has been around Europe for a long time. Saturn buyers aren't dumb, they will know this and that a new one is being offered in europe and go well, stuff you. They should go with the new version when it comes out in 2010, particular with prez Obamalama's fuel economy drive

  • Erik Posted: 1/29/2009 12:11pm PST

    "too bad, but not surprising"

    Finally GM has a model that's more exciting than the Cobalt and G5, and so much better looking than the Ion according to reviews, and it's not selling? Are they even trying? I don't remember seeing a single Astra ad. They're car-as-appliance dealers scare me.

  • Johnster Posted: 1/29/2009 12:56pm PST

    "No Big Whoop!"

    There's no 2009 model, but the 2010 model becomes available early in the spring of 2009.
    This is news? Car companies do stuff like this all the time. Must be a slow day in the news room.

  • Joe Posted: 1/30/2009 3:57am PST

    "Let Saturn die"

    Saturn needs to die and end their decades long drain on GM cash.
    Ask yourself, why has Saturn never made a profit? Ever?

  • ION vs Astra Posted: 1/30/2009 5:16am PST

    "Stop Bashing the ION"

    "a small trickle of disappointed buyers...for the miserable ION"??? I know you have a personal hatred for the ION. However, you seem to be twisting facts to support your dislike of the vehicle.
    * The ION sold over 100k units every model year of its existence - far from a "trickle" of buyers.
    * The ION won the JD Power Loyalty award for its segment every model year of its existence - this repurchase rate makes it's owners far from a group of "disappointed buyers".
    Maybe the Astra has not sold as well for other factors. Such as the fact its a hatchback instead of a sedan (hatches are still a niche in this country), the fact that it was significantly higher priced than the ION/S-Series (in large part due to the much higher standard content) and the rather disappointing hp/fuel economy for its one powertrain option (isn't it the same or less than the 4-cyl Aura?).
    Astra's sales performance has nothing to do with the ION so I'm not sure why you would reference it except to continue bashing the car.

  • Colin Posted: 2/9/2009 11:17am PST

    "bashing Ions"

    The great thing about bashing Ions is that their thermoplastic body panels just bounce back! Who doesn't like bumper cars?

  • JKD Posted: 2/9/2009 4:00pm PST

    "Hungarian car"

    These foreign Astras are not competitive. They're weaker, less efficient and more expensive than the competition. What did they expect?