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Opel's latest car-this is what our Saturn looks like

Opel Saturn Astra Paris GTC
ZTSG 24/12/2021 Hatchback 170
Want to see the parallel universe where GM never killed Saturn? Take a look at Opel-a European company under General Motors, which silently created some of the Buick, Chevrolet and Saturn we see on Am...

Want to see the parallel universe where GM never killed Saturn? Take a look at Opel-a European company under General Motors, which silently created some of the Buick, Chevrolet and Saturn we see on American highways today. Buick Regal now? It is actually the Opel Insignia overseas. Saturn Astra? Try Opel Astra. And the halo of Saturn? Opel Vectra C. Even our beloved Saturn sky...you guessed it...you can still buy it across the pond like an Opel GT.

There’s nothing new about this practice – companies have been doing it for decades. What makes it interesting now is that ever since GM killed off Saturn, we can get a glimpse as to what the latest Saturns would look like, were Saturn still around.

Opec GTC Paris Concept

Opel Astra Sports Tourer

Opec GTC Paris Concept

Take this sexy little Opel GTC Paris Concept for example, just revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Opel developed it to show “how Opel envisions the next logical step of a newly shaped line-up.” Muscular and sleek styling, but very doable in terms of being a concept car. They say it has a masculine “bulldog stance,” and is meant to be, as Opel puts it, “The achievable dream car.”

Inside, Opel used leather and microsuede in an interesting pattern for the seats, and a textured black instrument panel for a modern feel.

Under the hood, the GTC Paris is powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline-powered turbo engine producing a healthy 190 horsepower, and controlled by a standard six-speed manual transmission. A start/stop feature, similar to what you’re used to seeing in hybrids, cuts down on fuel consumption and emissions. The GTC Paris also features an adaptive suspension system to make sporty driving sporty, and conservative driving comfortable. Tech like this comes at a cost though, and I could see a lot of the features on the concept being dropped, were this ever to see fruition.

Opel Astra Sports Tourer

Maybe not quite as exciting as the GTC Paris above, but the Astra Sports Tourer is a wagon form based on the Astra hatchback (what we know as the Saturn Astra) – a smaller version of the Insignia (Buick Regal to us.) Normally, the Astra Sports Tourer wouldn’t have ever seen the light of day in the States, but the possibility is slowing increasing now that we’re getting used to sacrificing looks and “cool-factor” for utility.

Bag that for such a small car, the amount of storage space is impressive (approximately 55 cubic feet), and the Tourer is powered by nine engines of your choice (maybe three in the US ;) From 95 horsepower fuel saver to 180 motors, some of which are driven by diesel. The same start/stop engine technology will be applied to one of the available engines-the 1.3-liter diesel engine.