Saturn Astra - the all-new sport compact car with the European-bred
driving dynamics of Opel - arrives in dealerships early next year. Some
of us have seen this car along the auto show circuit during the last
year, but those enthusiasts who want to be among the first to see,
feel, and drive the new Saturn Astra can participate in one of 14 test
drive programs being held this fall across the United States, between
October 12 and December 13.
By visiting Saturn.com/AllNewAstra and clicking on the "Rethink the Test Drive" tab in the lower left corner, you can sign up - including one guest - for the nearest city's event. There, participants will be allowed to get in, crawl through, push buttons, and gaze under the hood of the all-new Astra, while product experts answer any and all questions.
After being familiarized with the Astra, participants will be encouraged to put the car through its paces on a closed course designed to highlight the car's comfort, performance, and overall feel. It's a fun, safe, and personal way to experience an exciting new car before anyone else in your area.
This is a pretty cool event, and not something manufacturers offer to
the general public very often. This goes beyond the auto show
touchy/feely informative experience; you get to actually DRIVE the car!
You can pretend you're on the AskPatty staff, testing a car like a
professional journalist! And the entire experience is without the
pressure of a salesperson at your elbow trying to get you to buy the
The Astra will be on sale beginning January 2, 2008. It will be offered in three- and five-door models, with a starting price of $15,995 (including destination). Astra includes a wide range of standard equipment and safety features, including six air bags. Power comes from a 138-hp 1.8L Ecotec four-cylinder that Saturn promises is both energetic and economical.
Cities and metropolitan areas included on the test drive tour include:
* San Francisco, California - October 12
* Los Angeles, California - October 17
* Phoenix, Arizona - October 22
* Chicago, Illinois - October 24
* Orange County, California - October 25
* Seattle, Washington - November 1
* Detroit, Michigan - November 8
* Houston, Texas - November 15
* Dallas, Texas - November 20
* New York, New York - December 3
* Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - December 6
* Orlando, Florida - December 10
* Atlanta, Georgia - December 13
* Miami, Florida - December 13
Exact locations and detailed directions to the venue will be displayed when you sign up for your test drive at Saturn.com/AllNewAstra. You supply the enthusiasm and Saturn will supply the orange cones!