2016 Opel Astra

2016 Opel Astra
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  • Opel Astra
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    2016
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  • 0-60 time:
    10 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    € 17500 (Est.)
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The Opel Astra has been around since 1991 and has seen four generational shifts since then, with the most recent being for the 2016 model year. On the outside, the new Astra sports a much larger radiator grille with a smaller air dam underneath. The flics in the corner air inlets now feed downward from the bumper, giving the front end an almost mirrored effect compared to the last-gen model. The exterior lighting units are now more refined than before but keep the same general shape – as does the overall ambiance of the car. On the inside, the new Astra benefits from more space, a simplistic interior and plenty of new technology like OnStar, and an IntelliLink infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. With an all-new and lighter architecture, the new Astra also benefits from the latest engines like a 1.6-liter oil burner with 95 horsepower, a 1.0-liter with 105 horsepower, and a 1.4-liter with 145 horsepower.

Eventually, the Astra will make way for some performance-based variants in the future, but for now, it’s all about economy and comfort. Of course, competing against models like the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, comfort and economy will only get the car so far. Just about every car that’s worth paying attention in this niche has some kind of high-performance version, like the Focus RS or the Golf GTI, so Opel better keep its game tight if it wants to maintain decent traction in this segment.

The new Astra isn’t exactly a huge departure from the outgoing model. In all reality, it’s really more like a refined model that represents what the Astra should have always been. With that said, take a look at our full review and let us know what you think about it in the comments below.

Updated 09/22/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

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Seventh-Gen Opel Astra To Be Launched in 2021 With New Platform and Powertrain

Seventh-Gen Opel Astra To Be Launched in 2021 With New Platform and Powertrain

We may soon see a majority of PSA-owned models to use the same platform

PSA has been attempting to reduce the number of platforms across its brands and increase more ‘sharing’ within the family. As such, Opel and Vauxhall will be using the EMP2 platform for the Astra L. The same platform underpins other products including the new Grandland X SUV. This also opens a wide array of options for Opel/Vauxhall, as the EMP2 platform will allow the Astra L to go for electrification.

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2016 Opel Astra TCR

2016 Opel Astra TCR

Having launched the new 2016 Opel Astra hatchback at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Opel announced plans to develop a new Astra-based race car for the TCR series, too. The motorsport-spec car was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, confirming the brand’s entry in next year’s competition.

If you’re not familiar with the TCR series, it’s a new touring car championship that debuted in 2015. Promoted as a cost-effective spin-off of the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), the TCR series is sanctioned by the FIA and based on a three-pillar concept that includes national and continental championships along with the global TCR International Series. All three tiers function under the same technical regulations.

Though it has already developed an Astra for the new series, Opel wants the improved aerodynamics and chassis of the redesigned model to form the basis of a more potent racer to compete against the successful TCR-spec Seat Leons and Volkswagen Golfs.

"Touring car racing has always been an important part of Opel. The philosophy of the new TCR series corresponds to our idea of customer racing. We want to give ambitious privately owned teams a platform for exciting sport at reasonable costs," said Opel Group CMO Tina Müller.

Updated 10/15/2015: Opel dropped the official details and images on its new Atra TCR racer. The model will be available starting February 2016 at a price of €95,000 (about $105,000 as of 10/15/2015).

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2017 Opel Astra Sports Tourer

2017 Opel Astra Sports Tourer

It’s true that the station wagon segment has experienced a decline in the wake of the booming popularity of crossovers. There aren’t that many wagons on the streets these days. But there are some brands that have resisted in participating in this exodus. One of them is Opel, which will be launching the new Astra Sports Tourer at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Based on the fifth-generation 2016 Opel Astra hatchback that, oddly enough, will also make its debut at Frankfurt 2015, the Astra Sports Tourer is the latest evolution of the Astra’s station wagon variant that sprung to life back in 1991, coinciding with the creation of the Astra hatchback. That kind of longevity may be surprising for a station wagon these days, but the Astra Sports Tourer is different, largely because Opel heavily relies on its enduring popularity and its reputation as one of the best wagons in the market today. Make no mistake, the Astra Sports Tourer is a hot ticket for Opel, accounting for about 30 percent of Astra sales throughout Europe. That figure includes all other variants, including the hatchback.

If everything goes according to Opel’s plan, the new Astra Sports Tourer will follow in the footsteps of its predecessors and remain one of the go-to models in the wagon segment. Based on what’s been revealed about it, the German automaker has every reason to be confident.

Continue reading for my review of the Opel Astra Sports Tourer.

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2016 Opel Astra

2016 Opel Astra

The Opel Astra has been around since 1991 and has seen four generational shifts since then, with the most recent being for the 2016 model year. On the outside, the new Astra sports a much larger radiator grille with a smaller air dam underneath. The flics in the corner air inlets now feed downward from the bumper, giving the front end an almost mirrored effect compared to the last-gen model. The exterior lighting units are now more refined than before but keep the same general shape – as does the overall ambiance of the car. On the inside, the new Astra benefits from more space, a simplistic interior and plenty of new technology like OnStar, and an IntelliLink infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. With an all-new and lighter architecture, the new Astra also benefits from the latest engines like a 1.6-liter oil burner with 95 horsepower, a 1.0-liter with 105 horsepower, and a 1.4-liter with 145 horsepower.

Eventually, the Astra will make way for some performance-based variants in the future, but for now, it’s all about economy and comfort. Of course, competing against models like the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, comfort and economy will only get the car so far. Just about every car that’s worth paying attention in this niche has some kind of high-performance version, like the Focus RS or the Golf GTI, so Opel better keep its game tight if it wants to maintain decent traction in this segment.

The new Astra isn’t exactly a huge departure from the outgoing model. In all reality, it’s really more like a refined model that represents what the Astra should have always been. With that said, take a look at our full review and let us know what you think about it in the comments below.

Updated 09/22/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

Continue reading to find out.

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2014 Geneva Motor Show Preview

2014 Geneva Motor Show Preview

Time has grown short in our wait for the 2014 Geneva Auto Showto begin in the little Swiss city of Geneva. The main media festivities are set to take place March 4th and 5th with the show remaining in full swing throughout the week for the general public. There will be plenty of new cars debuting for the first time along with numerous cars with minor updates.

While the actual list is incredibly long, we’ve compiled a condensed version of the main vehicles on display that are either new or show a significant update over their outgoing counterpart. As the event rolls on, we’ll be bringing you the brand new information straight from the automakers regarding their latest models. Be sure to watch out for news on the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge’s powertrain, Subaru’s plans with the Viziv 2 Concept, and if Volkswagen will bring their Golf GTE to the United States.

Click past the jump for all the info on the 2014 Geneva Auto Show

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2014 Opel Astra OPC EXTREME

2014 Opel Astra OPC EXTREME

Extreme seems to be the most appropriate adjective for describing the new 2014 Opel Astra OPC EXTREME. Based on the euro-spec Astra OPC Cup, Opel has reworked this car with loads of carbon-fiber bits to cut nearly 200 pounds from its curb weight, upped the power output of the 2.0-liter I-4 to over 300 horses, and thrown in a full roll cage for good measure. And that’s only the start.

The OPC EXTREME is fully street-legal, but is geared more for the track with is ultra high-performance 245/35R19 tires, six-piston Brembo front brakes and aggressive aero package. And although it doesn’t help it go faster, the dark grey and silver paint scheme with yellow accents is one of this car’s most eye-catching upgrades.

Its all-aluminum engine displaces 2.0 liters, and comes fitted with a turbo, direct injection and variable valve timing. A six-speed manual transmission sends power through a limited-slip differential and out to the front wheels. Although Opel hasn’t released the official numbers yet, it says the engine is good for ‘over 300 horsepower.’ A carbon-fiber engine cover helps dress up the engine bay that itself is covered by a carbon-fiber hood.

Opel is set to officially debut the car at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in early March and will be gauging public opinion on whether the hatchback should move into production. We figure the public outcry will be tremendous, so don’t be surprised if/when Open makes that move. Sadly, and like any Opels these days, the U.S. won’t be seeing any on this side of the pond.

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2013 Opel Astra GTC Sport 45 Special Edition by Imscherer

2013 Opel Astra GTC Sport 45 Special Edition by Imscherer

Opel tuner extraordinaire, Irmscher, is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year and they’re taking to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show to show off their latest program for Opel’s sports hatch, the Astra GTC.

Considering that the model is touted as coming with a celebratory program, Irmscher is bringing a host of new modifications to the Astra GTC Sport, or as it likes to call this particular model, the Astra GTC Sport 45 Special Edition.

Irmscher’s customization was created with the objective of giving the sporty Astra GTC a performance upgrade while adding aesthetic touches to make the car more distinctive than most of its brethren. Thanks to an improved and tweaked 1.6-liter Turbo engine, Irmscher was able to improve the Astra GTC’s output to 200 horsepower, a noticeable bump from the 180-horsepower output of the standard model.

In addition, the model is also fitted with plenty of aesthetic and aero upgrades that clearly emphasize the aggressive work done by Irmscher on the Astra GTC. The radiator grille, for one, now comes with an Irmscher Carbon bar, replacing the somewhat bland chrome bar on the standard model. The integrated front spoiler and the 20-inch Evo Star alloy wheels play their roles in enhancing the car’s track width while also providing a more dramatic visual stance that exudes the kind of sporty aggressiveness Irmscher aims to accomplish.

From the rear, you’ll also notice the same intentions with the presence of a roof spoiler, a diffuser insert and the left and right ellipsoidal tailpipes. And don’t forget the “Sport 45″ signature, which was put in to remind everyone the special edition tag of this model.

Inside, there are more upgrades, highlighted by original Irmscher seats, as well as leather-trimmed door panels and center armrest with matching yellow stitching and aluminum pedals. Rounding out everything are floor mats with an Irmscher logo and that same "Sport 45" signature.

Only 45 units will be made so if you’re interested to get one, you had better get to it and let Irmscher know your intentions.

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2013 Opel Astra OPC Cup

2013 Opel Astra OPC Cup

The last time Opel achieved success in motorsports was 2003 when the Astra V8 Coupe conquered the 24 Hours of Nurburgring race. Since then, Opel has kept a low key profile in racing. All that, though, is set to change when the new Astra OPC returns to racing.

The new Opel Astra OPC has been given some racing juices, and thus, the Astra OPC Cup was born. The future race car is set to compete in the 2013 season and has been built to fully comply with "VLN Endurance Championship" standards, considered as the most popular grass roots racing series in Europe.

In addition to competing in its own brand trophy class as part of the VLN Endurance Championship series, the Astra OPC Cup will also ply its wares in the race that its predecessor once conquered: the 24 Hours of Nurburgring.

Full-spec details weren’t announced surrounding the Astra OPC Cup, but according to Dr. Thomas Sedran, Opel’s Deputy CEO, the race car being built plays into Opel’s new direction as a company. These new motorsports activities play an important role in the strategic re-alignment of the company; they are a fundamental element of our brand profile," Dr. Sedran said.

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2014 Opel Astra GTC

2014 Opel Astra GTC

Earlier this year, Opel added a new sedan version to its Astra lineup and now it looks like Opel is working to update the other Astra versions. Until now, we’ve only seen spy images of the standard model, but today our spy photographers have also caught a facelifted GTC out for a testing session.

As you can see only the front has been camouflaged meaning the front end is the part that Opel will work the most. The camo indicates that the GTC will feature a much larger front grille and some revisions to the lower part of its bumper.

It is believed that the bigger grille and the bigger air intakes are there to feed additional air to a new twin-turbo diesel engine with an output of about 190 horsepower.

The back will be mostly unchanged, as the only covered parts we see is the Opel and GTC badges.

Expect to see the new Astra GTC launched sometime early in 2013.

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Spy Shots: Opel Astra Convertible loses some camouflage and shows off its soft top

The Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet is getting a new competitor in the near future and these spy shots reveal more of the goodies ready to do battle. Our spy photographers were able to capture a few more images of the future Opel Astra Convertible as it strips down its camouflage and reveals its new soft top roof. This new roof replaces the folding hard top featured on the current Astra, which should bring down the price of the vehicle.

The soft top will pretty much be the only difference we’ll see when the new Astra debuts. The rest of the vehicle will remain largely unchanged, including the technology and the engine line-up. This means that the next Astra Convertible will feature a choice of eight different engines mated to a six speed transmission. The diesel options will range from 1.3 to 2.0 Liters producing anywhere from 95 HP up to 160 HP. The petrol engine will range from 1.4 to 1.6 Liters and will pump out anywhere from 100 HP to 180 HP. The suspension will be borrowed from the Astra GTC.

The new Opel Astra Convertible will be launched by the end of 2012, so stay tuned!

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Spy Shots: Opel Astra Convertible Flips its Top

The upcoming Opel Astra Convertible was caught testing for the first time back in March when it endured the cold weather to get results. Now, it has been taken for a new round of testing, and the warmer weather has allowed the drivers to completely remove the fake roof it was sporting. Of course, that doesn’t tell us too much because the vehicle seen in these images is just a prototype and features none of the vast changes expected on the production model, such as the new frameless doors and a soft top roof that is non-existent at this point (right now Opel has an army tent to serve as the roof).

Under the hood, Opel will place the same engine line-up found in the sedan version: a choice of eight different engines mated to a six speed transmission. The suspension system will be borrowed from the GTC version.

The date for the next Astra Convertible’s official debut is still up in the air. Some say it will be in September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and some say it will be in March at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

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Spy shots: 2013 Opel Astra Sedan caught testing one more time

Inspired most likely by the huge success the Opel Insignia sedan is enjoying on the market, Opel is preparing a sedan version for the most successful model in their line-up: Astra. An official debut will be made later this year at the Paris Auto Show, but until then we have a series of new spy shots for you.

As usual the car comes only with the rear camouflaged, because this will be the only difference between the hatchback and the sedan. But even if Opel is trying to keep it a secret anyone knows that the new Astra sedan rear will be similar to the one found in the Insignia.

The engine line-up for the Astra sedan will be carried over from the hatchback, meaning a choice of eight different engines mated to a six speed transmission and with power ranging from a standard 95 Hp to 180 HP for the top versions.

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2013 Opel Astra

2013 Opel Astra

A few weeks ago, our spy photographers were able to capture a series of spy shots for the upcoming Opel Astra sedan, but it seems as though Opel is also preparing a facelift version for their hatchback version. Proof of that is in this new set of images of a prototype of that hatchback version as it performs some necessary winter testing.

The front of the car is being hidden under the camouflage which means there will be a redesigned front bumper, although the headlamps look the same. The rear lights may also get some changes in its graphics, but this prototype seems to be carrying the current ones. LED technology will most likely be adopted for both headlamps and the tail-lamps, but there are no details indicating this at this point.

There are no details about the engine line-up, but it should remain unchanged: there will be eight different engines mated to a six speed transmission. The diesel options will range from 1.3 to 2.0 Liters producing anywhere from 95 HP up to 160 HP. The gas burners will displace from 1.4 to 1.6 Liters and will pump out anywhere from 100 HP to 180 HP.

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2013 Opel Astra Sedan

2013 Opel Astra Sedan

Opel has just expanded its Astra line-up with the addition of a new sedan set to make its official debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. The new version will go on sale next to the standard Astra hatchback, the GTC, and the OPC version.

The sedan version of the Astra is heavily inspired by its hatchback brother in terms of its design, until you get to the rear end. The rear is characterized by the steeply raked rear screen, the integrated deck spoiler, and the broad sweep of the sculpted bumper. The car measures 4,658 mm long, 1,814 mm wide, and 1,476 in height, and its trunk space offers a capacity of 460 liters, 90 liters more than the five-door model.

As for the engine line-up, customers can initially choose between seven engines: four gasoline units ranging from 100 HP to 180 HP and three diesel engines going from 95 HP to 130 HP. Opel is also offering a Start/Stop system for the 1.7 CDTI ecoFLEX models that allows fuel consumption to go down to 3.7 liters per 100 kilometers.

UPDATE 06/06/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images of the Opel Astra Sedan.

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2012 Opel Astra OPC

2012 Opel Astra OPC

The battle in the high-performance hatchback market is pretty intense. There’s the Volkswagen Golf R, the Mazda Mazdaspeed3, and Ford’s recently announced Focus ST heating up the playing field. Not one to let competition sweep them away, Opel has announced details on the OPC version of their most successful hatchback, the Astra.

Until now, the most powerful Astra was the GTC, but the introduction of the OPC has changed that. The new OPC will be distinguished by a sportier and more aggressive presence on the road, a more powerful engine, and a chassis designed to deliver power. The exterior will be distinguished by specially sculpted front and rear bumpers, side skirts, an aerodynamic roof spoiler, and a new exhaust system with two exhaust tail pipes in a trapezoidal shape. The interior is also the expression of the highest level of sportiness. In it, there are performance seats, a flat OPC sports leather steering wheel, and special instruments.

The Astra OPC is powered by a 2.0 liter direct injection turbo gasoline engine with an output of 280 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque. It can hit a top speed of 155 mph - making it the fastest Astra ever. Next to a very powerful engine, the OPC will also be equipped with a front-wheel suspension, HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut), fully-adaptive FlexRide chassis control system, and a limited slip differential on the front axle. All of the tests done at the Nurburgring race track proved that the OPC is ready for any extreme driving.

UPDATE 11/04/2011: This review has been updated with official images and details.

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2012 Opel Astra GTC by Irmscher Sports

2012 Opel Astra GTC by Irmscher Sports

The countdown to the Frankfurt Motor Show is beginning to heat up with each passing day as more and more auto brands and tuning companies are coming out with their offerings for this year’s event.

The latest tuning firm to introduce their Frankfurt-bound project is German tuner, Irmscher. Having established a reputation as one of the best aftermarket companies for Opel vehicles, Irmscher will be bringing their new customization project for Opel’s resident hot hatch, the all-new 2012 Astra GTC.

To begin with, Irmscher’s new Astra GTC program features styling cues that include a new front apron, redesigned upper and lower grilles, new side sills, a large roof spoiler, a new rear diffuser, and a choice of several alloy wheels that measure up to 21". The car’s interior also gets a few minor improvements, including a fresh leather upholstery and aluminum trim and pedals.

Irmscher made sure to improve the Astra GTC’s handling by adding a new sport suspension that offers a lowered ride height of 30 mm. Then there’s the performance modifications, which are pretty much the meat and bones of the tuning firm’s program for the Astra GTC. Thanks to a Stage 1 performance kit on the car’s 1.6-liter turbocharged gas engine and a new stainless-steel exhaust system with quad exhaust tips, Irmscher was able to spike the hot hatch’s output from 180 horsepower and 170 lb/ft of torque all the way up to 212 horsepower and 202 lb/ft of torque.

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2012 Opel Astra GTC

2012 Opel Astra GTC

It was onlt a year ago that we saw the Opel GTC Paris Concept car, but the company is ready with the production version, the Astra GTC. This model will be offered in both 3- and 5-door versions and will make its world debut in September at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The funny part about a debut in September is that full details, including pricing, technology, equipment, and powertrains for the vehicle, will be revealed on June 7th, around the same time Opel will begin taking orders for the car.

As of right now, the only details we have are that the production GTC will feature a 3-door body with dramatic proportions, yet will be capable of carrying five adults. It will feature the very best of Opel’s latest technology, as well as unique chassis features. No details have been revealed about the engine, but the concept featured a 2.0 liter Turbo with direct injection fitted with Start/Stop technology and a six-speed manual gearbox.

UPDATE 06/07/11: This review has been updated with full specs and details. Hit ’em up after the jump for the full scoop.

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The new Opel Astra GTC spotted in the wild for the first time

The new Opel Astra GTC spotted in the wild for the first time

The new Opel Astra GTC was unveiled today, on the German carmaker’s official Facebook page. The car is very similar to the Astra GTC Concept revealed in 2010, at the Paris Motor Show and its debut is scheduled to take place later this year, at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Though very similar, the production version is a little changed compared to the concept, its design being a little less aggressive, some aerodynamic parts were removed, while the tail-lights suffered a small redesign (this was the only photo posted, so we don’t know how the front part looks like). These changes made some Opel fans a little disappointed, because the aggressive look of the concept was truly amazing, while other say that this was probably kept for a future high-performance OPC version. Also, the photo includes a hatchback version of the Astra, allowing us to estimate more precisely the car’s look and size.

As for the powertrain and features, the new Opel Astra GTC will be similar to its hatchback produce, which is already selling very good. However, what everyone really expects is the OPC version, rumored to deliver somewhere around 300 hp, which means it will be more powerful and faster than the current Astra GTC OPC which delivers 240 hp, does 0 to 62 mph in 6.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 151 mph.

When it will hit market, the new Opel Astra GTC will face some tough competition from the Volkswagen Scirocco, the Renault Megane Coupe or the Honda Civic Type-S, while the top-of-the-range OPC version will compete against the next-generation Ford Focus RS, the Renault Megane RS or the Volkswagen Scirocco R.

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2011 Opel Astra J Turbo by EDS Fahrzeugtechnik

2011 Opel Astra J Turbo by EDS Fahrzeugtechnik

Welcome to the tuning world, EDS! Unheralded, small-time, and maybe even a little known to a lot of us, the German tuning firm recently caught our attention for the work they did on turning an otherwise mundane Opel Astra into some piece of work.

Combining a powerful performance upgrade with a few aerodynamic touches, EDS’ tuned-up Opel Astra Turbo has become the personification of a lion trapped in a deer’s body.

Make no mistake, the Astra’s stock 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with 180 horsepower is no slouch by every definition of the word. But when you add a comprehensive engine tune-up that includes a new Garret GT28 turbo-charger, a new sports exhaust system, a new manifold, and an ECU optimization, then you get a car that bumps up its overall output to an incredible 360 horsepower and 354 lb/ft of torque.

Not to be outdone by the attention being given to the modified engine under its bonnet, EDS also gave the Astra a number of aerodynamic upgrades, including new black grilles on the front, side sill, a new rear apron with a diffuser and quad tail pipes, and a set of 20” wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero - 235/35ZR20 in the front and 275/30ZR20 at the back – high-performance tires.

All told, the changes done by EDS on the Astra Turbo aren’t something that should be taken lightly, lest you happen to see one on your mirror and it proceeds to leave your car eating its dust.

For an upstart tuning firm from Germany, EDS certainly did their homework on the Astra Turbo, and the result certainly speaks for itself.

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2011 Opel GTC Paris

2011 Opel GTC Paris

Opel has released today the first details on the GTC Paris, a concept car that previews the future Astra GTC - Opel’s competitor for models like Volkswagen Scirocco or the future Hyundai Veloster.

The 4.46 meters concept was inspired by the Richard Bach’s famous novel, Jonathan Livingston Seagull "…and the speed was pure beauty." It’s design was inspired by the Insignia sedan and is defined by "maximizing tension by limiting the amount of lines:" intense, very slim eagle-eye shaped headlamps, a chrome emblem bar, a dramatic low trapezoidal grill. Of course elements like LED running lights / tail lights and rides on 21-inch rims won’t make it to production, but the concept its just pure beauty.

Under the hood Opel placed a four-cylinder, 2.0 liter Turbo with direct injection fitted with Start/Stop technology and a six-speed manual gearbox.

Opel’s Vice President of Design Mark Adams said: "We wanted to express the most emotional side of the Opel brand and we believe this vehicle creates an appropriate visual impact to reinforce our dynamic sporty character."

Updated 09/24/2010: Opel has unveiled today new images and two video of the GTC Paris, but also the concept’s specifications. The GTC Paris features a twin-scroll turbo-charged four-cylinder engine with direct injection - a range-topping 2.0-liter Turbo equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. The engine delivers a total of 290 HP. Check the gallery to see all the new images.

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More details on the future Opel Astra Sports Coupe

More details on the future Opel Astra Sports Coupe

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.

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2011 Opel Astra Sports Tourer

2011 Opel Astra Sports Tourer

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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Opel Astra Coupe Sport rendered

Opel Astra Coupe Sport rendered

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!

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2011 Opel Astra Sports Tourer

2011 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.

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Video: New Opel Astra Sports Tourer spotted at the Nurburgring

Video: New Opel Astra Sports Tourer spotted at the Nurburgring

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.

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2010 Opel Astra by Steinmetz

2010 Opel Astra by Steinmetz

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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Opel Astra GSI to be revealed at the Paris Auto Show

Opel Astra GSI to be revealed at the Paris Auto Show

Opel will bring back the GSI name in October at the 2010 Paris Auto Show where they will unveil a new top version for the very successful Astra. The GSI package will only be available for the 5-door version.

The car’s main competitor will be the Volkswagen Golf GTI which features a 2.0L 4 cylinder engine producing 200hp and 207lb.-ft. of torque. The Astra GSI will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine also developing a total of 200 hp leaving the consumer to base their purchase mostly on aesthetics.

The Opel GSI version will be distinguished by a re-styled front bumper, new wheel arches, a small rear diffuser, and double exhaust pipes. The interior will get two-tone leather and Recaro sport bucket seats. Are you bored yet? We are. Why don’t we just make a call and try to have it become the next Buick. We can finish it off by adding a power chair carrier and be on our way.

Oh, we forgot to mention, Opel will also be unveiling the station wagon version for the new generation Astra at the Paris Auto Show. Yawn.

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2010 Opel Astra by Irmscher

2010 Opel Astra by Irmscher

Irmscher has come with a new styling package for the 2010 Opel Astra. On the exterior the tuner added Front lower spoiler, radiator grille insert with carbon-effect upper or with aluminium-effect upper, side sills, roof spoiler hatchback and chromed number plate holder.

On the interior Irmscher added a leather package for the seats, door panels and central armrests, matte aluminium door-locking pins and sport pedals.

The car sits on 18-inch alloy wheels.

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2010 Opel Astra

2010 Opel Astra

After teasing their fans, the German Automaker Opel has just revealed official details about the new Astra, a vehicle that will make its world debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. The car’s exterior is easily identifiable as an Opel, while the interior features the latest in technology.

The new Astra line-up will be full of options. There will be 8 different engine choices, all of which are shifted by six speed transmissions. The diesel options range from 1.3 to 2.0 Liters making anywhere from 95 HP up to 160 HP. While gas burners will displace from 1.4 to 1.6 Liters pumping out from 100 HP to 180 HP.

The new generation Astra is built on a whole new platform, featuring a longer wheelbase, wider track and a reengineered rear axle. Like the Insignia it comes with the fuel saving Opel FlexRide electronic aide that offers the driver the option to drive in Standard, Sport and Touring mode.

Press release after the jump.

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Opel prepares Astra Sport Hatch

Opel prepares Astra Sport Hatch

According to the English automotive journal, AutoCar, the German GM car builder is preparing a sport hatch version of the popular Opel Astra, a sort of VXR version. No matter what badge it wears, the hot hatch should make an auto show debut sometime in 2011. The vehicle’s head designer, Malcolm Ward said that the factory hot rod “will be a very dramatic execution and very, very close to the sketch. Think about the current three door then think about where the new car will go."

The designer’s hope is to take advantage of improving the car’s aerodynamics and take full advantage of the added benefits. A lower coefficient of drag means that the VXR can use the power it is already creating to the fullest. With less resistance pushing the Opel through the air at high speeds, this VXR will accelerate faster and get better gas mileage than a brick shaped version.

The new model will feature a chopped roofline and have a much lower Cd. than any previous VXR. The front bumper has been angled to push air past the turbulent wheels and down the sides of the car. The design team included some very attractive sculpted areas surrounding the rear lights. The modeling is supposed to reduce the high pressure area that gathers behind the hatchback, cutting drag. The aerodynamicists should know, the design was perfected over 600 hours of wind tunnel testing. This kind of 21st century thinking is already transforming the shape of cars, at least Opel want to do it with some style.

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Opel prepares Astra Roadster

Opel prepares Astra Roadster

The only thing that makes sense for any automaker to do when they have a best selling vehicle on their hands, is to come up with a fun to drive variant of that very vehicle. So after the German arm of General Motors, Opel, revealed the first details on the 2010 Opel Astra hatchback version; it only made sense that the automaker announced plans for a drop-top two-seater version of the best sold Opel ever.

The new Astra Roadster will replace the current TwinTop and will compete with other lightweight open air sports cars like future Scirocco CC, Audi TT Roadster and Mercedes SLK.

The top of the line version of the new Astra Roadster will get a turbocharged 2.0 Liter engine that will deliver 270 HP and make this particular Astra able to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 6 seconds before reaching a top speed of 150 MPH. Opel is also planning on releasing another version will get a downsized and turbocharged 1.4 Liter petrol burning unit for economy making 150 HP as well as an alternatively fueled 170bhp 2.0 Liter CDTI turbodiesel engine.

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2010 Opel Astra reveales its interior

2010 Opel Astra reveales its interior

Opel revealed today a new set of images and new details on the 2010 Opel Astra that will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Ford the interior the designers dynamic shapes and refined materialls. Everything drivers and passengers touch has been given a refined, high quality feel. In addition, Opel has created two new progressive interior color and trim combination – Spice Red and Ocean Blue – especially for the Astra.

The interior also continues Opel’s recurring wing and blade motifs. In this execution, the blade theme is expressed in details like the shape of the door grab handles and the trim for gearshift molding and steering wheel. The wing design cue is immediately evident in the warm, inviting wraparound instrument panel that embraces front seat occupants. It arcs across the cabin into the top of the door moldings.

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Future Opel Astra teaser

Future Opel Astra teaser

Opel will officially bring the next generation Astra model to Frankfurt Motor Show, but before they do that the guys and girls in their PR department decided to have some fun at our expense. They released a few teaser images of their attractive little family car. These photos give new meaning to the term “teaser”. All I can say is, look at those arches.

The German GM car builder will offer a five door and a three door model, the GTC. The automaker will also release an OPC (or VRX for the Vauxhall fans) factory hot-rod model to compete with the Volkswagen GTI in the hot hatch category. Good news for larger families and open air cruisers, Opel is considering producing a four door sedan, a full sized wagon and a convertible model for the Astra family.

The next generation Astra will share the same platform as the future Chevrolet Volt and has been engineered to accept a wide variety of gasoline and diesel power plants, including the new 1.4 Liter turbocharged four cylinder engine being developed by GM. The factory tuned OPC will feature a boosted 2.0 Liter making 240 HP. That should be enough to make the Astra a serious sport compact competitor.

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Irmscher Astra GTC 1.6l Turbo with LPG drive

Irmscher Astra GTC 1.6l Turbo with LPG drive

Irmsher, the Opel tuners are bringing a sporty economical solution to the Geneva Auto Show. The Irmsher Opel Astra is made possible by an LPG conversion kit boosting the output of the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine to a sporty 180 HP. The tuning company is also offering a three stage body upgrade ranging from aero to 18-inch wheels.

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Opel Astra GTC by Ibherdesign

Opel Astra GTC by Ibherdesign

The latest tuning company that offers a new body kit for the Opel Astra GTC is the Portuguese tuner Ibherdesign. The new kit includes a new front bumper, a front grill, new wheel arch extension, new side skirts, a new roof Viruss spoiler, a new rear bumper with 2 slotted vents and new exhaust cutters.

In order to improve the stability a new suspension kit was installed lowering the vehicle with up to 35 mm. Also a new set of 19 inch multi-spoke alloy wheels were added improving the looks of the Astra GTC. No word about the price yet, but it’s likely some parts may fit your Saturn Astra.

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2009 Opel Astra - teaser video

2009 Opel Astra - teaser video

General Motors released today a new image and teaser video of the 2009 Opel Astra. The design is inspired by the upcoming Insignia and official debut will be made at the Frankfurt Auto Show. If exchange rates can sustain the importing, the new Astra may eventually come to the U.S. as a Saturn.


The video traces Opel’s small car history with a quick glimpse at the future.

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Opel Astra GTC by JMS Racelook

Opel Astra GTC by JMS Racelook

As you know, the Opel Astra GTC is a beautiful car, still many tuning companies are offering a way to improve it. One of these companies is JMS Racelook, who unveiled today its latest body kit for the stylish coupe. The new kit consists in a new H&R coil over kit which lowers the car with up to 40 mm on the front and 30 mm on the rear, a front lip spoiler with an additional speed lip, new side sills and a rear apron featuring a rear air diffuser with integrated exhaust system.

Also a new rear trunk spoiler is available as well as a new set of 18 inch black polished alloy wheels with 225/40R18 tyres. Price of the kit: 4250 euros or $6,000.

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2008 Opel Corsa and Astra ecoFLEX

2008 Opel Corsa and Astra ecoFLEX

Opel revealed today two new models to its line-up: the ecoFlex version for the Corsa and Astra. With a CO2 emissions of just 109 (Corsa 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX) and 119 g/km (Astra 1.7 CDTI ecoFLEX), the two models require just 4.1 and 4.5 liters of diesel, respectively, per 100 km (that is about 58 mpg for the Corsa and 52 mpg for the Astra).

While these figures are impressive, they still do not beat Volkswagen’s Bluemotion diesel technology. But for Opel this is a step in the right direction for the European car buyer. Also if high millage diesels gain traction in the U.S., Opel may end up sharing the technology with some of its other General Motors cousins.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Opel Astra

2010 Opel Astra

Opel will unveil the fourth generation Astra next year in March, most probably at the Geneva Motor Show. The car was already caught at testing, and is set to be sold all over the globe - it will be sold under the Opel, Vauxhall, Holden and Saturn logos.

With design inspired by the GTC Concept, the future Astra will feature a more "fresh" and aggressive look that will help it to easily compete with models like Volkswagen Golf VI and the new Ford Focus (European version).

Same front grille as in the newly-launched Insignia will also be used in the future Astra, but it will feature different headlights, easily inspired by the concept, in order to ensure the car’s individuality.

As rumors say, the 2010 Astra will be built on GM’s Delta global small-car platform, same that will be used for the future Saab 9-1. Under the hood the company will keep the same engine line-up: different headlights, but a hybrid version is also expected.

Opel will also work on a VXR version of the 2010 Astra. The vehicle is going to be powered by a new 1.8 liter engine capable to develop 240 hp. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in less than 6 seconds while the top speed will be somewhere around 155 mph.

The 2010 Astra will be offered as a three and five door hatchback, an estate version (Caravan), a convertible version (Twin Top) and also a three-doors GTC. All this will be available after the five-doors version will make its official debut.

The production of the 2010 Astra will be moved from the Antwerp plant, Belgium, to Swedish Saab unit, Trollhattan. Reason: better productivity and 25% less production costs.

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Astra VXR coming in 2010

Astra VXR coming in 2010

Opel (or Vauxhall in UK) will unveil the high-performance version of Astra in 2010. The future Astra VXR will compete with models like Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen Golf GTI.

On the exterior, Astra VXR will feature a a ground-hugging bodykit and massive air intakes at the front, as well as a diffuser-style rear bumper, complete with a central exhaust. The sporty look will be accentuated by 19-inch alloys, a roof spoiler and a range of bright body colors.

GM will replace the current 237bhp 2.0-liter turbocharged unit with a new 1.8-litre motor. It will still be turbocharged and boast around 240bhp, allowing a 0-60mph time of six seconds and a top speed of 150 mph.

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2010 Opel Astra VXR to feature 1.8 liter engine

As you know the new generation of the Opel Astra is set to return next year and will make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, in 2008. The new Opel Astra VXR will be revealed in 2010 featuring a brand new body design as well as an updated powertrain.

The vehicle is going to be powered by a new 1.8 liter engine capable to develop 240 hp and looks like the decision to use a smaller engine was taken due to the tougher CO2 emissions but also due to the price increase of the petrol. The sprint from 0-100 km/h will be made in less than 6 seconds while the top speed will be somewhere around 250 km/h.

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10 millionth Opel Astra built today

10 millionth Opel Astra built today

The 10 millionth Opel Astra rolled off the assembly line today in Bochum, Germany – a Silver Lightning Astra Station Wagon 1.7 CDTI equipped with special features to celebrate this extraordinary production milestone.

With more than 500,000 models sold last year in Europe alone, Astra is the absolute best-selling car in the Opel palette and follows in the footsteps of Opel’s Kadett and the brand’s tradition of building quality compact cars.

“The Astra is synonymous with Opel. Its success is also a recognition of our expertise in the compact segment in which Opel has been playing a pioneering role since 1936 and the launch of the first Kadett” says Opel Managing Director Hans H. Demant. “The Astra symbolizes our brand; offering bold design, versatility and advanced technology that meets customer needs. And it is fun to drive.

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2010 Opel Astra renderings

2010 Opel Astra renderings

Opel (or Vauxhall if you are from UK) will launch a better competitor for Ford Focus: the next generation Astra that is set to be unveiled in 18 months’ time, with the first concept car previewing the new Astra to be unveiled at a major motor show in 2009.

The new Astra will follow in the footsteps of the Vectra-replacing Insignia – which debuts at July’s Brit­ish Motor Show in London – as well as the redesigned Meriva, due in deal­ers here early in 2009.

The Astra’s nose will be inspired by the Insignia, and wears bold headlights and deep air intakes, while at the rear there is a squat Seat Leon-style tail, as well as distinctive C-pillars. As well as the five-door shown here, there will be a three-door Sport Hatch model. And as is the case with the current generation, this car will be completely different from its more practical brother, with a rakish tailgate and lower roofline creating a coupé-like profile.

The next Astra will be powered by a wide range of small-capacity turbocharged petrol and diesel powerplants. The VXR version will be powered by a 250bhp 2.0-litre turbo engine.

The next Astra will also be sold in USA as a Saturn.

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2007 Opel Astra OPC Nurburgring-Edition

2007 Opel Astra OPC Nurburgring-Edition

Opel unveiled at the Essen Motor Show, the Astra OPC Nurburgring-Edition, a limited edition that express the respect that Opel has for the ’most charming’ race track in the world. It will be limited to only 835 units and will go on sale early next year.

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Opel Astra H Facelift by Steinmetz

Opel Astra H Facelift by Steinmetz

The Astra H from 2007 is on route with a new front. For both the Astra H 5-door and the Astra H Estate, Steinmetz Opel-Tuning has developed a new front with an even more striking appearance. The new Steinmetz parts have been developed to fit harmoniously into the overall image and are made with the usual high quality.

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2007 Opel Astra OPC Nurburgring Edition

2007 Opel Astra OPC Nurburgring Edition

At the start of the fourth round of the OPC Race Camp, Opel unveils the Astra OPC “Nürburgring Edition”, a limited special edition version of the successful three-door model. The “Nürburgring Edition” emphasizes the connection between the racetrack steeped in tradition and the Opel brand. The Nürburgring, and in particular the legendary Nordschleife, are rightfully known as Opel territory, as this is where Opel production cars are extensively tested during their development stage. Manuel Reuter first highlighted the OPC models’ performance power in 2005, when he set a circuit record with the Astra OPC in this vehicle class. With the special Astra OPC “Nürburgring Edition”, Opel now raises the connection to the Nordschleife to a new level.

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Two new 1.7 CDTI engines for Astra

Two new 1.7 CDTI engines for Astra

The new edition Opel Astra, with design and technological enhancements, is now available to order with two state-of-the-art 1.7-liter diesel engines. Designed following Opel’s downsizing strategy, the latest generation common-rail turbo-diesel engines are relatively compact, yet with their high power output per liter and power reserves they boast ideal economy and low emissions. These highly efficient units, which both come coupled with six-speed transmissions as standard, already meet the (...)

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2007 Opel Astra Twin Top

2007 Opel Astra Twin Top

With new, more economical engines, a refined look, enhanced technology and an expanded equipment range, the new edition of the Opel Astra is available at dealerships from February 2007 at a practically unchanged, affordable price starting from 16,160 euros. The whole Astra family benefits from the model update, from the five-door and station wagon variants to the sporty three-door GTC and dynamic, elegant TwinTop cabrio-coupé. The new Opel Astra made its world premiere at the Bologna Motor Show in December. With about 1.3 million units sold since its market launch in March 2004, the third-generation Astra plays a leading role in the fiercely competitive compact segment and in European sales statistics. The bestseller will now be available with a range of eleven different engine versions, producing between 90 and 240 hp.

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New Astra and Golf - images

New Astra and Golf - images

The next Golf VI you know how it will look like, you have been seen it before, but until now there were no images with the new Opel Astra.
On the last number of the Autobild magazine you can see imges with both this models.
As you allready know the new Golf VI will go on sale in 2008 and will replace the current Golf V. The gas engine range of the Golf VI will include: a new 1,4 liter engine, both naturally aspirated (80 hp) and turbocharged (TFSI, 120 hp), the 1,6 liters engine (102 hp), (...)

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Lester Opel Astra

Lester Opel Astra

Lester customized the new Opel Astra OPC with the most unbiased stylistic interpretation of the new Astra generation. The personal line of Astra GTC is brought out by the original panoramic windshield, by the bent course of the roof and by special solutions like the reduced overhangs, the exclusive rear optic groups and, above all, the sloping shape of the tail end, which confer to the car a coupe look.
The aesthetic elaboration kit prepared by LESTER assigns it even sportier proportions (...)

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2007 Opel Astra GTC

2007 Opel Astra GTC

With the new Astra GTC (Gran Turismo Compact), possibly the most exciting Astra ever comes to market. The new model has been available for order since the end of 2004 and will be available at dealerships in March. The third unique model in the new Astra generation is the most dramatic interpretation yet of Opel’s new design language.

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