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2008 Saturn Vue (Opel Antera)

starlightmicastarlightmica Posts: 58
edited March 12 in Saturn
Autoblog reports that the just revealed Opel Zafira people mover replacement may be coming to the US in a year or two as a Saturn. It a replaces a popular 7 passenger mini-minivan with conventional swing out doors, a type of vehicle popular overseas but not represented in the US market since the departure of the 7 passenger Mitusbishi Expo years ago. The Mazda5 is a similarly sized vehicle coming to the US this summer.


The new model has a raised center ridge in the roof which allows storage bins to be put up on the ceiling without intruding on headroom. 4 small glass sunroof panels wiht retractable shades (a la Nissan Quest) are available, as are many engine choices.


  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    When on vacation in Thailand, I saw the Zafira. Not a bad vehicle, but Saturn is going to need more than a few rebadged vehicles to have a good vehicle lineup. The new Aura, Relay and Sky are indicators of possible good things to come from Saturn. The Zafira looks like a decent buy for people who want the space and comfort of a minivan without the large size. Today's vans, the Odyssey, Sienna, Freestar and Town and Country are all full size, and I'm sure that there are people who would appreciate a smaller minivan.

    Check out the picture.
  • nwngnwng Posts: 664
    one very simple reason: high gas prices
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,589
    looks nice. Also the spiritual successor to the original Ody, with the normal doors and all.

    Put in a nice TD (when the low sulfer rules go into effect) and a stick shift. I'll leave a deposit now.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    I like it too. But I'd like mine with a Hybrid, 3 rows of seats and an automatic. I'll have the keys and title to my Odyssey along with a check...
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    The next Saturn Vue crossover wagon is coming in 2008, and General Motors executives say it will look a lot like the Opel Antara concept shown at the recent Frankfurt auto show. The new Vue still will be built in Saturn's Spring Hill, Tennessee, plant and will be powered by four- and six-cylinder engines. The exterior style, GM says, will be adapted for Saturn and will be shown off at the New York auto show in April. "The plan is to have [the Antara] rebadged as a Saturn at the New York show," GM vice chairman Bob Lutz told Automotive News. An Opel version to be sold in Europe will emerge in the fall of 2006, the paper adds.
  • odd1odd1 Posts: 226
    If the Freestar is full size than the Odyssey and Sienna are super sized. I own an 02 Odyssey and recent had a Freestar as a rental and it is smaller than the Odyssey. We all liked the Freestar better than the Caravan, that was issued to us at the next rental, much to our surprise. The Caravan did drive much more car like than the Freestar though.
  • THe question I'm wondering is whether its worthwhile getting the Saturn Vue Hybrid now or wait another year and get the updated model? The interior could definately be improved in the current version.
  • Opel couldn't make it in the U.S. market in the 60s. Now GM's big news is to re-badge Opels and sell them as Saturns? I know why GM and Ford are loosing market shares. There isn't a scrap of innovation left at either company. My next mini SUV will probably be a Hyundai Santa Fe.
  • That is actually a picture of the 1998-2005 Zafira... Here's the current one:

  • logic1logic1 Posts: 2,433
    Opel is merely the name of a GM European Division. In other words, every Opel is a GM.

    In the 1960s, when Europe was still recovering from the destruction of WWII (and Korea was a wasteland, by the way), Opels were not up to the level the wealthier US market wanted.

    40 years later with much of the EU actually enjoying a higher standard of living than the US, Opels are among the more popular vehicles in the EU. Hyundai sells the same vehicles in its global markets where the dollar and cents works.

    It would be a foolish mistake for GM not to use its European division engineering for the US market.

    Santa Fes are rental fodder. I can't stand them myself.
  • I really like the looks of the new Vue I saw on in the "Future Vehicles" link. It looks a lot like the Hyundai Tucson which is also a hot looking small SUV. Has anyone heard of what the pricing of the new Vue will be like?
  • bporter1bporter1 Posts: 229
    I was wondering the same thing, what are the prices going to be like? From the Saturn website, the 08 VUE comes standard with a lot of items. It will be interesting to see how Saturn prices the new VUE.
  • Has anyone heard if the 2008's will have a spare tire?
  • dan5678dan5678 Posts: 28
    If GM could manage it, A 2009 Vue Greenline with the drivetrain from their Volt concept would be a pretty strong 'car of the year' contender.

    Volt's nice, but it's 2 doors and a hatch short of practical for me.
  • twaintwain Posts: 185
    I read somewhere that the new Vue will weigh about 4000lbs. I hope that's wrong. I'm eagerly awaiting accurate weight and mpg numbers.

    And I hope the 3.6 with 6sp auto isn't priced significantly higher than the old V6.
  • Do we not deserve a water temp. gauge to spot an impending overheating condition :cry: ?
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