Packing European-inspired looks and ride quality, the all-new redesigned Saturn Vue compact, five-door crossover and the all-new Astra compact car join the Saturn family for 2008. With a value-driven portfolio that has been dramatically and completely revitalized within the past 20 months, Saturn, a key driver in bringing customers to GM from other brands, has the freshest product lineup in the industry.

In keeping with its industry-leading customer service, Saturn also will have some of the freshest stores in the industry. By the end of 2008, most of Saturn?s 440 retailers will have significantly updated their stores? exteriors, and several will embark on interior renovations as part of a pilot project.

?At Saturn, we want to accommodate our customers during every aspect of the vehicle-buying experience,? said Jill Ladjziak, Saturn general manager. ?Our updated stores will complement our all-new product lineup for guests who desire a traditional approach to purchasing a car. If they prefer to shop at home, our industry-first Test Drive at Home program will deliver a vehicle to their home or workplace. And to meet customers? busy schedules, Saturn representatives are available on to answer questions live 24 hours a day, seven days a week.?

Saturn?s new lineup was created using GM?s global product development process and leveraging the corporation?s design and engineering resources with GM?s Opel brand, while providing chassis and powertrain offerings unique to each market. For example, the all-new Vue and Astra are inspired by the Opel Antara and Opel Astra, respectively. Joining Vue and Astra in the ?08 lineup are the European-inspired Aura sport sedan, as well as the Outlook large crossover utility and Sky roadster, both of which leverage U.S.-based engineering resources. Aura, Sky and Outlook were launched during the 2007 model year.

Here?s a snapshot of Saturn?s 2008 product lineup:

Saturn Vue ? The all-new Vue?s exterior exhibits Saturn?s new European-inspired design cues, with a look that is clean, sculpted and distinctively sporty. Tight wheel-to-body relationships, large jeweled headlamps and a sweeping upper profile line contribute to the Vue?s striking design.

Vue is available in XE and XR trim levels, as well as the Red Line performance model and Green Line hybrid model. Vue?s broad lineup will offer a wide range of powertrains, including a more powerful four-cylinder engine, and two V-6 choices mated to six-speed automatic transmissions.

In addition to handling features that help drivers avoid crashes, the all-new Vue helps protect occupants with its high-strength steel structure and a long list of standard occupant-protection safety features. Dual-stage front-seat air bags, front-seat side thorax air bags and rollover capable head curtain air bags covering front and rear rows are standard on all models. OnStar is standard across the lineup.

Inside, the Vue continues the upscale theme with refined materials and precise fit and finish. Designers used lighter colors to bring a greater sense of spaciousness to the cabin, and incorporated an array of useful storage solutions and convenience features, many of which are uncommon in the segment.

Saturn Astra ? The Astra is offered in two trim levels (XE and XR) for five-door models, and a single trim (XR) in the three-door configuration, which was created with particularly enthusiastic drivers in mind.

Astra has a clean, contemporary design infused with Saturn?s signature styling cues, including a bold, bright grille bar with prominent Saturn logo. Likewise, distinctive design, refinement and precise execution are the hallmarks of the Saturn Astra?s interior, which envelops passengers in a contemporary environment maximizing space and comfort.

The Astra?s standard 1.8L Ecotec DOHC engine is a sophisticated, powerful and economical power plant. It uses variable valve timing to optimize power and economy, delivering 140 horsepower (104 kW) and 126 lb.-ft. of torque (170 Nm) ? for an enviable 76 horsepower per liter (57 kW/L). It?s mated to a standard five-speed manual or Aisin electronically controlled four-speed automatic.

Astra also features a comprehensive list of standard safety systems to help protect occupants in the event of a crash. They include a rigid body structure with safety cage; six standard air bags, including roof rail head curtain air bags; active head restraints; a Pedal Release System; front safety belt pretensioners and load limiters; OnStar and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Saturn Outlook ?T he Outlook crossover enters its second model year of providing Saturn customers with the capability of an SUV ? including seating for up to eight, space for their gear and the ability to tow up to 4,500 pounds (2,041 kg) ? with car-like efficiency and driving characteristics. It is the largest vehicle in the Saturn lineup and is available in two models ? XE and XR. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available with each model.

For 2008, Outlook AWD models feature a new Active On Demand all-wheel-drive system delivering a more refined driving experience and optimizes vehicle dynamics and control. The system works by actively managing the torque split between the front and rear axles, based on factors such as vehicle speed, throttle and surface conditions.

Another new feature for 2008 is a rear backup camera, included with the navigation radio. It helps drivers detect stationary objects behind the vehicle.

Saturn Aura ? The Saturn Aura midsize sport sedan is the 2007 North American Car of the Year, and for 2008, Saturn expands on the popular attributes of the Aura by adding a four-cylinder model for buyers who desire Aura?s styling panache but with the economy of a four-cylinder engine under the hood. The new base XE features GM?s proven 2.4-liter dual overhead cam Ecotec I-4 engine.

In addition to the new four-cylinder XE, the 2008 Aura lineup contains two well-equipped V-6 models ? the XE with a 3.5L V-6 VVT; and the uplevel XR with a 3.6L DOHC V-6 mated to a GM six-speed transmission. The Aura Green Line, a 2.4L Ecotec-based hybrid first introduced in the 2007 model year, is an efficient yet affordable hybrid passenger sedan.

Featured in other recently launched Saturn models, the Aura sports bold styling elements that helped establish Saturn?s new design language, including distinctive headlamps with a jewel-like appearance and a chrome grille bar.

The Aura?s driving character matches its refined design, with a host of technologically sophisticated powertrains and a premium sport-sedan setup that includes GM?s StabiliTrak electronic stability control system on XE V-6 and XR models. The Aura is built on a stiff, robust chassis that serves as the foundation for an exciting driving experience. Its long wheelbase provides a smooth ride, while careful tuning of the suspension provides sharp and immediate response to driver input.

Saturn Sky ? Saturn?s highly coveted Sky roadster was the first new Saturn to make a bold statement about the brand?s new design language. The affordable, head-turning performance roadster enters its second model year of wowing driving enthusiasts without draining their bank accounts. Two models are available, the base Sky or the 260-horsepower Sky Red Line performance roadster that features a turbocharged, direct-injection 2.0L Ecotec engine.

Built on GM?s global rear-wheel-drive compact performance platform, the Sky features a sexy, striking profile and sophisticated interior design. For 2008, Saturn adds standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control for more sure-footed travel; and a limited-slip differential on all models. An upgraded standard radio system and newly standard XM Satellite Radio, as well as an available Monsoon audio system, amp up the entertainment factor.

With an affordable MSRP, the Sky delivers on Saturn?s longstanding reputation of providing solid value against its key competitors.