Keep in mind the Saturn Astra? A Belgian-constructed Opel Astra, it was supposed to switch the Ion, however GM had a number of distractions round that point and axed the Saturn Astra early in 2009… adopted by the Saturn model itself.
Simply two mannequin years, poor gross sales, bizarre Euro-Detroit badge-engineering hijinks, and a close to-immediate disappearance from cultural reminiscence: simply what I like best in a Junkyard Discover!
I had been protecting my eyes open for an Astra for a few years, and it took a nasty crash to ship this one to a Denver self-service yard. It seems that somebody nabbed the transmission, leaving the 138 hp Ecotec 1.eight-liter sitting atop the wreckage.
The large panoramic sunroof was a signature Saturn feature through the marque’s last years.
This one nonetheless has the guide for the futuristic audio system, which might play MP3 information on residence-burned CDs; in the meantime, youthful car consumers needed to plug their Zunes into auxiliary audio enter jacks, which I’m fairly positive this car doesn’t have. Bluetooth? That’ll by no means catch on!
This one has stickers from two totally different Colorado car sellers, together with one on the opposite aspect of the Rockies from this yard.
I’ve by no means been a driver or passenger in an Astra, however I hear that they have been fairly good driving automobiles (by late-2000s GM requirements), although on the underpowered aspect. The interior definitely has that “reasonably priced European commuter” look.
Undoubtedly a few Zune house owners right here.
Isn’t making an attempt to be cool the furthest factor from being cool?
Over in Yurp, it was assumed that the majority Astra consumers would need the guide transmission.
In Australia, the Holden Astra turned the driving force, which made parking simpler.
Egyptian Astras did some spectacular stunts.
In Poland, the Astra had, uh, Zorro?
In the meantime, in Russia.
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