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Astra Priced Starting $15,995: Astra Gearheads can know how much fortune to spend

Date: Aug 16, 2007


Author: Smallchevy

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Priced: 2008 Saturn Astra

Date: Aug 16, 2007


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DETROIT Saturn will price its new Astra compact series from just under $16,000 when the Ion replacement goes on sale this fall.

Equipped with a DOHC 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual gearbox, the 2008 Astra 5-Door XE will carry a suggested sticker of $15,995, while the uplevel Astra 5-Door XR will start at $17,545. The sporty Astra 3-Door XR will be priced from $18,495. An optional four-speed automatic transmission will add $1,325 to the bottom line. All prices include shipping.

A Premium Trim package bundles leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats with manual lumbar and premium door panels for $795 on the 5-Door XR and $745 on the 3-Door XR.

A Sport Handling package, available only on the 5-Door XR, costs $695 and adds 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, stability control, lowered sport suspension and quick-ratio electrohydraulic power steering.

An Advanced Audio package on both XR models includes a six-disc CD/MP3 player, seven speakers and seven-band equalizer for $595.

Among the free-standing options are a dual-panel sunroof ($1,000), stability control ($495; standard on the 3-Door) and cloth heated front seats ($250).

Eighteen-inch wheels and tires are available only on the 3-Door.

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