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2008 Saturn Astra

The 2008 Saturn Astra, powered by a 1.8-liter engine, is intended to give its drivers a European-style ride with all the amenities; good handling, good fuel economy and compactness. The Astra comes with either a 5-speed manual (standard) or a 4-speed automatic transmission. The 5-door hatchback can be raised and lowered with ease and offers adequate cargo space. The standard cargo capacity is 12.2 cubic feet, and with the sheets folded down there is 44.7 cubic feet of space. The Astra comes standard with four-wheel ABS brakes, cornering control to help avoid accidents, six standard air bags, active head restraints, a pedal restraint system, six-speaker AM/FM/CD radio, cruise control, RainSense windshield wipers, and power windows with express down feature. OnStar also comes standard on the Astra in case of an accident. The Saturn Astra is a solid compact hatchback that offers great fuel economy and affordability.

Nissan Remodels Cube Compact for Global Roll-Out

On Wednesday, November 19, 2008, Nissan unveiled the third-generation Nissan Cube compact car remodeled for sale globally. When the Cube was first launched ten years ago the boxy model was a hit, and sold nearly one million units to date. The Cube will be in showrooms in North America by next spring.

Nissan Remodels Cube Compact for Global Roll-Out

On Wednesday, November 19, 2008, Nissan unveiled the third-generation Nissan Cube compact car remodeled for sale globally. When the Cube was first launched ten years ago the boxy model was a hit, and sold nearly one million units to date. The Cube will be in showrooms in North America by next spring.

2008 Nissan Rogue

The 2008 Nissan Rogue offers a relatively comfortable highway ride with plenty of interior space for an affordable price. Reviews say they love the Rogue’s cargo versatility and economical sticker price. Beyond the low sticker price, The Rogue boasts a good fuel economy. Its 22/27 mpg rating places it in the top of the compact SUV class. The Rogue is available in two trims, the base version S and the luxurious SL.

Saturn’s Uphill Climb with New Sporty Astra

 

The downside to most economical compact cars is that they look that way, but that has changed with the 2008 Saturn Astra. The Astra offers a prominent styling that turns heads. The sportiness doesn’t stop there; the Astra also has a taut steering and tight suspension. The 1.8-liter, four cylinder engine generates 138 hp. The Astra also offers rain sensing wipers and automatic headlights, features you wouldn’t expect to get at this price. The Astra XR has a starting sticker price of $17,545, which comes equipped with air conditioning, CD player, steering wheel mounted audio controls and alloy wheels. The EPA for the Astra with automatic transmission is estimated at 24 MPG city and 30 MPG highway.

Saturn’s Uphill Climb with New Sporty Astra

The downside to most economical compact cars is that they look that way, but that has changed with the 2008 Saturn Astra. The Astra offers a prominent styling that turns heads. The sportiness doesn’t stop there; the Astra also has a taut steering and tight suspension. The 1.8-liter, four cylinder engine generates 138 hp. The Astra also offers rain sensing wipers and automatic headlights, features you wouldn’t expect to get at this price. The Astra XR has a starting sticker price of $17,545, which comes equipped with air conditioning, CD player, steering wheel mounted audio controls and alloy wheels. The EPA for the Astra with automatic transmission is estimated at 24 MPG city and 30 MPG highway.

Hybrid Vehicles Not Best Value Over Time

High gas prices and general economic uncertainty are motivating consumers to look for the least expensive cars to own and operate. However, a new study by Edmunds.com shows that when you compare many compact and subcompact vehicles with hybrids the compact is a better choice. The least expensive vehicle to operate, according to Edmunds, is the gas powered Chevrolet Aveo. It has a base price of $12,170 and an EPA rating of up to 34 miles per gallon, which gave it a per-mile operating cost of 42.7 cents, or $6,405 a year (based on 15,000 miles and a fuel price of $4.06 a gallon). The competition, the Prius Hybrid, costs 50.3 cents per mile or $7,545 a year to operate, even though it has the best fuel economy of any car on the market. The study also takes into account the purchase price and depreciation, based on five years of ownership, 10 percent down payment and financing rates for buyers with good credit. “When consumers think about cars that will save them money, hybrids are typically top of mind because of their fuel efficiency,” said Jesse Toprak, Edmunds.com executive director of Industry Analysis. “But when you take a look at the real-world costs of car ownership, you realize that many subcompact and compact cars are actually a much better value proposition.”

 

When all of these factors are considered, some popular vehicles look less appealing on a cost-per-mile basis than their fuel economy would suggest.  

Hybrid Vehicles Not Best Value Over Time

High gas prices and general economic uncertainty are motivating consumers to look for the least expensive cars to own and operate. However, a new study by Edmunds.com shows that when you compare many compact and subcompact vehicles with hybrids the compact is a better choice. The least expensive vehicle to operate, according to Edmunds, is the gas powered Chevrolet Aveo. It has a base price of $12,170 and an EPA rating of up to 34 miles per gallon, which gave it a per-mile operating cost of 42.7 cents, or $6,405 a year (based on 15,000 miles and a fuel price of $4.06 a gallon). The competition, the Prius Hybrid, costs 50.3 cents per mile or $7,545 a year to operate, even though it has the best fuel economy of any car on the market. The study also takes into account the purchase price and depreciation, based on five years of ownership, 10 percent down payment and financing rates for buyers with good credit. “When consumers think about cars that will save them money, hybrids are typically top of mind because of their fuel efficiency,” said Jesse Toprak, Edmunds.com executive director of Industry Analysis. “But when you take a look at the real-world costs of car ownership, you realize that many subcompact and compact cars are actually a much better value proposition.”
 
When all of these factors are considered, some popular vehicles look less appealing on a cost-per-mile basis than their fuel economy would suggest.  

GM May Sell Mini-Cars to Fuel-Conscious U.S. Buyers

General Motors may begin selling a mini-car more than a foot shorter than anything else that is currently out in the U.S. to get back buyers that have been deterred by record fuel prices. GM may bring the production version of the Chevrolet Beat to the U.S. The car gets almost as much as 40 miles per gallon, which has only been topped in the U.S. by hybrids only. The introduction of the Beat would be one step in downsizing and shifting away from fossil fuel-based vehicles.

Besides the Beat, GM is weighing a list of options to refocus their lineup of autos to be more fuel-efficient rather than performance based. They include the introduction of a small pickup and also an expansion of the number of versions of the Volt plug-in in the U.S. GM is also trying to increase the production and availability of the Chevrolet Cobalt sedan.

GM unveiled the Beat as a prototype at the New York auto show in April 2007, along with two other 40 MPG Chevrolet small-car concepts. Aside from two hybrid models, the only car in the U.S. that even comes close to the Beat’s projected fuel efficiency is the Smart car with 36 MPG.

GM May Sell Mini-Cars to Fuel-Conscious U.S. Buyers

General Motors may begin selling a mini-car more than a foot shorter than anything else that is currently out in the U.S. to get back buyers that have been deterred by record fuel prices. GM may bring the production version of the Chevrolet Beat to the U.S. The car gets almost as much as 40 miles per gallon, which has only been topped in the U.S. by hybrids only. The introduction of the Beat would be one step in downsizing and shifting away from fossil fuel-based vehicles.
 
Besides the Beat, GM is weighing a list of options to refocus their lineup of autos to be more fuel-efficient rather than performance based. They include the introduction of a small pickup and also an expansion of the number of versions of the Volt plug-in in the U.S. GM is also trying to increase the production and availability of the Chevrolet Cobalt sedan.
 
GM unveiled the Beat as a prototype at the New York auto show in April 2007, along with two other 40 MPG Chevrolet small-car concepts. Aside from two hybrid models, the only car in the U.S. that even comes close to the Beat’s projected fuel efficiency is the Smart car with 36 MPG.
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