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October 17, 2007

Saturn Astra Test Drive Event Coming to a City Near You

Saturnastrasideview 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 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.

2008saturnastrainterior 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 car.

2008saturnastrarearThe 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 You supply the enthusiasm and Saturn will supply the orange cones!

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