Opel Astra Coming to America

September 27th, 2007 |
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The second-best selling car in Europe (only behind the VW Golf), the Opel Astra, is coming to America under the Saturn brand. The vehicle is expected to arrive on American shores in early 2008, and get this, for around $15k! Fully loaded, you can expect it to retail closer to $20k, but for that price I was amazed at what you get. (Especially when you consider the smart Fortwo will arrive at about the same time and at the smae price.) I saw this car in Chicago where I spoke with Jill Lajdziak about the vehicle. Of course, they hadn’t announced the price at that time, and I wasn’t able to take it for a test drive. However, during the Frankfurt Auto Show, we got a chance to get behind the wheel on the Opel test track and I was able to get the car to about 220kph or 130mph. What fun! Sadly though, I wasn’t able to get a camera in the vehicle because of legal issues, but Chris and Ponzi Pirillo mounted one inside for their test drive. You can watch their video here.

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