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Rebadged Opel Astra will come to U.S at end of '07

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I'm wondering when a US based magazine will test the Astra to give us an indication of what they think of it.

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The Astra is GM's best-selling vehicle in Europe, with around 534,000 units sold last year. Click here for photos of the Astra.

So the Astra sells more cars in Europe than Toyota sells Camrys in the United States! Who knew?

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Out of curiosity, why would it take nearly 18 months to start importing the car?

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Probably because it hasn't been tested by American safety standards yet. Stupid bureaucracy.

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Probably because it hasn't been tested by American safety standards yet.  Stupid bureaucracy.

Well, they need to hurry up before it becomes dated and I get a GTI.

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It Means Gm outsourced thier jobs.

Spring Hill is rumored to be either a) killed off or b) not exclusively saturn after '07, depending on who you believe.

At least the Opel will save a few jobs in europe, keeping the assembly lines humming in the Astra's 3/4/5 year of this gen's production....maybe this will encourage GM to look globally for more cars...

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Spring Hill is rumored to be either a) killed off or b) not exclusively saturn after '07, depending on who you believe.

At least the Opel will save a few jobs in europe, keeping the assembly lines humming in the Astra's 3/4/5 year of this gen's production....maybe this will encourage GM to look globally for more cars...

Yes, after all, it is a GM car built in a GM plant...look at all the GM cars built in Canada, Mexico....( or the Aveo built in Korea, or the GTO in Australia).

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Spring Hill is rumored to be either a) killed off or b) not exclusively saturn after '07, depending on who you believe.

They won't kill Spring Hill, they'll just build whatever the heck they want there. :huh:

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It Means Gm outsourced thier jobs.

It means GM is finally getting smarter :AH-HA_wink:

Actually I believe it just means GM didnt have a replacement ready so they used extra capacity from another country, until the replacement is ready.

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Cheers to GM for this...the Astra GTC is one of the most beatiful hatches I've seen...you have got to see this in person! The five door is not as impressive, but would be very distinctive in the US market.

Setting a target of 20-40K is applaudable and realistic. The US hatch market has always been fickle, and the prices are going to be a little higher than most consumers will be willing to pay.

Not bringing a manual version over here will ruin the car's "street cred." I have a feeling that the GTC will be very popular with enthusiasts, who in turn, may be influential to or are the trendsetter that every marketer craves to capture. And really, I could see myself buying this baby, and I would completely look elsewhere if no manual tranny was offered (I'm crazy like that).

Lastly, that interior is 10x better than what was planned for the 2008 ION...although like anything in its class, the materials could be cushier.

So cheers, GM, can't wait to take this baby for a drive. (Bring the performance version over here, too. Red Line, anyone?).

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GM Europe seeks nearly 1,000 British job cuts

Reuters / May 10, 2006 - 1:00 pm / UPDATED: 5/10/2006 2:48 P.M.

RUESSELSHEIM, Germany -- General Motors Europe has proposed cutting nearly 1,000 jobs this year at its Ellesmere Port plant in Britain to improve productivity for the Opel/Vauxhall Astra model, GME President Carl-Peter Forster said on Wednesday.

He said the carmaker was negotiating with labor representatives who wanted to spread production cuts over other GM plants in Europe that make the Astra compact, but that the idea was "not super-attractive."

"This just delays a real solution," he said on the sidelines of a ceremony opening GM Europe's design center.

He declined to give an exact timetable for making a decision, saying only, "We won't debate this for weeks."

Plants at Antwerp, Belgium, and Bochum, Germany, also build the Astra, which was GM's best-selling vehicle in Europe last year but typically sees sales decline as the model ages.

Forster said GM Europe was intent on boosting productivity at the current Astra plants, which he said had improved but was not at benchmark levels.

"We want to take the opportunity now to part with workers whom we will not need in future," he said, noting Britain's more flexible labor market argued for making job cuts there.

Klaus Franz, who heads GM Europe's employee council, told reporters that workers at the other plants were prepared to work more flexible hours or make other concessions to help absorb reduced Astra production.

"There is no way to get around adjusting volumes but how to do it is a different matter," Franz said. He suggested linking the issue to a package of measures governing manufacture of the next generation of Astra, which is due for launch in 2010.

GM Europe is supposed to decide early next year which plants will build the next-generation model, and workers are keen to ensure it does not close any plants or adopt forced layoffs.

The three current plants plus Trollhattan, Sweden, and Gliwice, Poland, are in the running.

Any British job losses would follow last month's decision by French carmaker PSA/Peugeot-Citroen to close its central England plant next year, eliminating 2,300 jobs, and the collapse of British carmaker MG Rover last year.

On other subjects, Forster said GM had not yet decided whether to export Astras from Europe to North America to be marketed under its sister brand Saturn.

"What is important is to create the conditions to be able to do this," he said, then judge whether market conditions were ripe to proceed with the idea.

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It Means Gm outsourced thier jobs.

It's a temporary fix. Don't get all bent out of shape about it. Once the next Astra comes around, it will be built both here in North America and in Europe.

I'm glad they're doing it.

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Cheers to GM for this...the Astra GTC is one of the most beatiful hatches I've seen...

Definitely. I've adored the Astra ever since the concept version was unveiled. It's sleek, without looking like a Yaris or a Celica (meaning, it doesn't look overdesigned). I'll hopefully be looking for a new car around the time that the Astra hits the market, and I may be first in line for it:D

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I've seen this car in person too in both Europe and Australia, and it'll be a great fit in North America too. It'll exude a bit of European flair in a category that ranges from bland to clowny to outright 'Doc. Martin's' dorky.

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All I can say is it is about time.

I've considered the ION pretty much as a POS since it rolled out of Spring Hill.

It's pretty bad when the old S-series are still better than the ION.

The Astra is a great car-worlds better than the ION would eveer have been.

Am I too harsh? Not really.

Crappy build. Lack of anything useful.(packages?)

At my local Saturn dealership-Ion are often in for repair.

I feel larger rebates are coming for the ION.....sad-considering they can't sell em now.

I guess if you're looking for a deal.....

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Not to mention I've been saying this $h! for two years now. Whatever.

*kicks Josh's chair*

SHHHH! You'll ruin the surprise! :AH-HA_wink: :lol:

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