Here’s an odd one. According to Autoblog, there will be no 2009 Saturn Astra for sale. The reason? Too many 2008 Astras are still sitting on dealer lots. Talk about an inventory problem. I am disappointed that the Astra is not selling well in North America. I think the Astra is the best small car Saturn has ever sold. Having driven the old Saturn SL2 sedan and SC1 coupe, they were not bad looking cars, but the overriding impression was that these were very crude automobiles.
True, the Astra is nothing more than a rebadged Opel, but it is more than competent for what it was meant to do. Sadly, Saturn or GM has done little to promote or market the car. Autoblog confirms this is not the end of the Astra, for now at least. New Astras will arrive in the Spring, to be sold as 2010 models.