GM's Opel Migrates to America, Becomes Saturn Brand

GM is also planning a plug-in hybrid version of the Saturn Vue but has not said when the vehicle will be available. Pictured is 2006 Opel Antara, which is expected to replace current VUE.

Published: 15-Feb-2007

The Opel Astra will soon be available in the U.S. It will be badged as a Saturn when the car goes on sale later this year, replacing the Saturn Ion. They follow their larger sibling, the much-admired but slow-selling Saturn Aura.

A redesigned version of the Saturn Vue SUV will go on sale in the spring and is virtually identical to the Opel Antara that will be sold in Europe.

The new Astra will come as a two-door or four-door vehicle and will have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission as standard equipment.


Allocating significant money to produce a saleable hydrogen fuel cell car is likely to be a tough decision for GM. Larry Burns with image of Sequel fuel cell car behind him.

The dual-mode hybrid system will be available in a wide range of cars, trucks and S.U.V.'s made by the three companies, starting with the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe that goes on sale in fall 2007.

The pollution-free technology holds the potential of zero emissions and a sustainable source of energy produced when hydrogen and oxygen are mixed.


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