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Opel will expand the current Astra range with a new coupe version set to be launched at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. It will join the current five-door model and the just launched Astra Sports Tourer . The future coupe version will come with a separate, more radical design.

It will feature a wider track, a filigree roof structure with a narrow C-pillar, more pronounced rear wheel arches, and the windscreen will be extended from a large glass roof up to a B-pillar.

Under the hood there will be the same engine line-up as in the five-door version: a 1.4-liter turbo, a 1.6-liter, 2.0 gasoline engine, and a 1.7-liter turbo-diesel. Opel will also offer a GSI version that will deliver around 210 HP and will compete with models like Volkswagen Golf GTI . An OPC version will get a 2-liter turbo four-cylinder producing 240 hp that will be launched at a later date. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in the 8 second area and the top speed will be somewhere around 150 mph.

Source: AMS
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Vauxhall andOpel have withdrawn their offers for aid from the European government. They claim the reason for the dropped request is down to long delays.

In a statement, the GM brands said that their request for £1.5 billion in aid has been withdrawn, but money is still needed. Instead of asking for help, GM said it would fund the restructuring itself.

"GM’s recently improved financial strength has been a catalyst for making this decision," the carmaker said in a statement, adding that it expected to return to profitability "shortly".

GM Europe president Nick Reilly said: “"We cannot afford to have uncertain funding plans and new time-consuming complex negotiations at this time when we need to keep investing in new products and technologies."

Just weeks ago, Germany rejected a loan request to Opel, while the UK government is still looking into £275 of loans.

Source: Autocar

Opel has officially unveiled the new Astra Sports Tourer even though the public debut has been set the Paris Auto Show in September. The new model shares the same design DNA and Sports Tourer name as its larger counterpart the Insignia .

The new Astra Sports Tourer will be offered with a choice of eight gasoline and diesel engines, with power ranging from 95 hp to 180 hp. The engines can be combined with a six-speed manual gearbox or an automatic six-speed transmission. All variants will also be equipped with a manual transmission including a shift-up indicator that helps in improving the fuel economy.

The exterior design of the new Astra Sports Tourer brings a touch of athleticism and undeniable class to compact wagon looks. The tapered profile and the prominent side blade-shaped sculpted into the flanks of the body combine to give the Sports Tourer a powerful sense of forward movement. A muscular shoulder line leads gracefully into eye-catching, sculpted rear light units.

After its debut at the Paris Motor Show, the Opel Astra Sports Tourer will also be available with a Start/Stop function on the ecoFLEX 1.3 CDTI engine that develops 70 kW/95 hp.

The Opel Astra Sports Tourer will go on sale in November, but prices for this model have not yet been released. The Tourer will be released in direct competition with the Renault Clio Grand Tour and theAudi A3 Sportsback .

Press release after the jump.

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General Motors company Opel doesn’t appear to be getting the funding that they will need. Germany is seeking new sources of funding for the company, but the country will officially reject a state-aid request, according to Automotive News.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is opposed to granting Opel aid from the government rescue fund. The fund was set up to distribute loans and assistance to companies that are affected by the economic downturn. That being said, Germany is still seeking to help Opel. One option includes asking the European Investment Bank for funding.

A steering committee for aid assistance will reject the GM’s application for 1.1 billion euros in federal and regional loans. Part of the reason for this rejection is because GM has enough cash to restructure Opel and the downturn of the company was caused by model failures in the U.S, not by the financial crisis.

The committee will meet again later today.

In total, GM is looking for 1.92 billion euros in aid from European countries. The aid will help GM reorganize Opel, which will include shutting down a plant in Antwerp, Belguim. The closing of the factory would eliminate 8,300 jobs.

Europe was the only region where GM posted a loss in profit in the first quarter, as the company posted an $865 million net profit in total.

“The first responsibility for Opel very clearly rests with GM,” Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle told German public broadcaster ARD television, adding that GM has about 10 euros in free liquidity after fully paying back credits from U.S. and Canadian governments. “GM is able to reorganize itself through its own funds.”

Spain has already granted Opel the funds they will need.

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General Motors really wants to hold on to the Opel brand, but the company needs extra funds for the European car company.

Now, the Spanish central government, along with the regional government of Aragon, have offered €300 million, or $358.2 million, in aid to help keep Opel alive in the country. The money will likely go to help Opel’s Figuruelas plant.

At the same time, the Spanish public is conducting protests on the government’s austerity package that includes a 5 percent pay cut for public sector workers.

Opel has been asking many different countries for money, but so far, only Spain has stepped up to help. The automaker plans to cut costs by reducing its capacity in Europe by 20 percent.

Germany is still up in the air on whether or not to help Opel. The amount that Opel is asking for is around $1.2 billion from the German government.

While they are handing out money and all...any of them want to throw us a bone?

Recent spy shots suggest that Opel is preparing a sports coupe version of their most successful model on the market, the Astra. But about the new model we know so far that is might be called: Astra GTC, the Astra Coupe and Calibra.

The new model it is rumored to be powered by a 2.0 liter turbo engine that will deliver a total of 190-200 HP. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in the 8 seconds area and the top speed will be somewhere at 150 mph.

But this are just simple speculations, stay tuned for more details!

Source: Autoblog Es
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Opel Astra Sports Tourer

Our Auto Spies in Germany have captured photos of the 2011 Opel Astra Sports Tourer while it took its laps around the Nurburgring circuit. Inspired by the larger Insignia Sports Tourer , the Astra Estate is evidently longer than its hatchback brother which should translate to a larger, deeper boot space.

The front of the car is void of any camouflage due to the fact that the brand has decided to leave it unchanged from the previous model. The car still has its rear end covered with camouflage, but the rear light clusters look to be similar to the current Astra line-up. The only difference is the lower reflector lights look to have been relocated into the bumper instead of being underneath it.

The estate will use the same engine line-up as the five-door hatch, which means a petrol range stretching from a 1.4-liter naturally aspirated four-pot up to a 180 horsepower 1.6-liter turbo and a comprehensive diesel range that tops out with a 160HP 2.0-liter CDTi.

Check out the full story plus a video of the Astra doing its laps around the Nurburgring after the jump.

There’s been talks about the next Opel Calibra debuting for quite some time now. The vehicle has been dead since 1997 and the chances for it’s revival were as well until a few years ago. Now, the mid-size coupe will be making a little of a comeback when the Calibra gets put back on the market in 2013.

The new Opel Calibra will take its design inspiration from the GTC Concept . In fact, the New Calibra will be nothing more than a two-door Insignia , but Opel needs it if they want to create a bigger name for themselves. Unfortunately, they will have to build about 30,000 unit a year before the program is even profitable.

A GM Europe HQ source told CAR: "We would feel a lot more confident about some of these projects if Buick, Chevrolet in North and South America and Saab were sharing volumes and risk."

The new Calibra will compete with cars like the Volkswagen Scirocco and Renault Laguna Coupe . Under the hood of the new model Opel we will most likely see a wide range of engines, both gasoline and diesel from 130 hp to 250 hp.

Source: CAR

It’s becoming such an increasing occurrence that its come to a point where you can just leave a camera running at the Nurburgring for one week and you’re bound to come across a number of new car models from a wide range of brands doing some form of testing around the track.

The latest one that we’ve discovered is a partly-camouflaged Opel Astra SportsTourer making some rounds around the Nurburgring. The car, which is scheduled to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show later this year, looks to have been built on a longer platform, making it a little more spacious than the Astra hatchback. The styling cues don’t seem to have changed much, although this newer model looks to be more aggressively designed than its predecessor.

Check out the video and see how the new Opel Astra handles the Green Hell.

Source: YouTube

Even if it’s not one of the best models out there, the Opel Astra is no doubt one of the most successful models on the European market. So, it comes as no surprise that the German tuner, Steinmetz, has decided to improve it a bit. They have added new aerodynamic components, lowering, wheels and design elements to make the car stand out just a little bit.

The front of the Astra will see a new spoiler and a totally black front grille. Travel towards the back of the car and you will see a new roof spoiler to help with the design flow. As an option, the customer can choose designer strips to be placed down the sides in silver or anthracite along with stainless steel door handle plates. The Opel Astra was then lowered by about 30mm with the use of the FlexRide System and Watt linkage fitted to the rear axle. After all is said and done, the Astra rides away on 19" alloy wheels.

For the interior the tuner added foot mats with a stainless steel logo and sill trims of polished stainless steel.

As we said before, the Opel Astra is not the best looking ride, but it can still be considered for a tuning project now and again. Thankfully, this tuning package does add a little flavor to the blandmobile.

Press release after the jump.

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