SAN DIEGO — Bringing the redesigned Opel Astra to North America as a Saturn has saved General Motors about $900 million in development costs, says GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz.
"Its adaptation to American requirements cost less than $100 million," Lutz said at a press event here.
"In the future, Opel and Saturn will share about 90 percent of their model portfolios."
The front-drive hatchback goes on sale in North America in January in three trim levels: the five-door XE priced at $15,995, the five-door XR at $17,545 and a sporty three-door XR priced at $18,495. Prices include shipping.