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#9 of 16 Since news of Chery/Chrysler
May 22, 2007 (9:30 pm)
having to maybe renegotiate their contracts, due to Chrysler being sold recently( see sites such as detnews.com, etc..), I would say, if GM would give us 170HP, or the 200 turbo, or even 240HP turbo for the 3 door Saturn Astra( vs the 140HP...which I heard is 9.5 to 60 with manual shift, and 10.5 or so with automatic?...could change, if GM reworks the gearing alittle? I dunno. Hope the rumors are wrong)...
But With More Sportiness/HP!
This link sounds like the 200HP turbo is 7.4 seconds with manual( so, maybe 8.4-8.7 with automatic? Not too far off of Scion tC automatic timing of 8.2-8.4 to 60).
I could live with those times( but MPG, maybe upper 20's?).
Still.... Low to Mid 8's, decent styling...even the 170HP might add some time... maybe low 9's to 60, with automatic,and perhaps not be such a hit on MPG? And not such a huge hit on MSRP, either).
I have heard rumors of a "future" boost in HP for the Saturn Opels, hopefully by the time I am ready to buy!
Maybe a diesel would be good, too? Sounds like they use a 1.9 Diesel, 150HP!
That might be a good middle-ground? Good power and (more than likely) better MPG than the gasoline versions.
take care/not offense.
#11 of 16 My list.......
Oct 07, 2007 (9:12 pm)
#1 Chinese Buick Royaum- Made here in the U.S.
#2 Chinese Buick Riveria- Made here in the U.S.
That's it for now !!!
Oct 07, 2007 (9:46 pm)
car is the new Chinese(yep, I typed Chinese)Chery-built Dodge Hornet. Coming to America in 2009.
After looking at the new Kia Cee'd I would like a for-European market Kia Cee'd with a 5-speed manual tranny and 1.6L diesel engine. Kia is giving Europe the diesel engine'd Cee'd's. That is an awesome car that I am going to be watching very closely for years.
These two are my fave's for now as I drive my '08 Lancer GTS and also seeing what hot Mitsu is going to come up with next for the Lancer and Outlander and a new crossover model.
#13 of 16 Re: My list....... [rockylee]
Oct 08, 2007 (4:46 am)
The Royaum isn't made anymore. The WM Statesman-based Chinese Buick is the Park Avenue.
#14 of 16 Re: My list....... [bumpy]
Oct 08, 2007 (10:09 pm)
Boy bumpy, that's a beautiful car. I know lemko, loves it.
Do you think we will see it here ???? It's RWD right ?
#15 of 16 Re: My list....... [rockylee]
Oct 09, 2007 (6:44 am)
Yes, it's RWD. I would imagine it will eventually show up here, built alongside the replacement for the DTS and STS since the Lucerne doesn't do nearly enough volume to sustain a platform by itself and the Lacrosse isn't a suitable flagship.
#16 of 16 Re: My list....... [bumpy]
Oct 09, 2007 (10:47 pm)
Hope you are right !!!!