GM begins work on Saturn Astra hybrid

This fall, Saturn is finally bringing its award-winning European hatchback to the United States with a range of standard equipment, safety features and great fuel economy. New reports from Germany say that GM’s Opel in Europe has already started work on a hybrid Saturn Astra along with a compact Saab.

“We are working on a hybrid version of the next Astra,” a General Motors development engineer told Automobilwoche.

GM is building capability for the E-Flex plug-in electric vehicle into the Delta architecture. That architecture will be used on the next-generation Astra and the entry-level compact Saab.

According to the engineer GM is planning on building 13 different models on the Delta architecture.

Don’t get to excited because these developments won’t arrive until 2010. The next-generation Saturn Astra won’t see a redesign until 2010.

The 2008 Saturn Astra is powered by a 1.8 liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 140 horsepower. Sales are expected to begin this fall with a starting price of $15,995.

 

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