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2010 Opel/Vauxhall Astra Officially Revealed with Video

The first pictures and details of the all-new 2010 Opel Astra aka Vauxhall Astra have been released. Opel's Golf rival takes the majority of its styling direction from the award-winning Insignia. The lines are sleek and sporty yet elegant and clean. It is built on the new Delta platform from General Motors which also underpins the Chevrolet Cruze and Volt.

A selection of engines will be available beginning with a 1.4-litre naturally aspirated petrol. A turbo 1.4-litre is also on the cards and will deliver power outputs ranging from 120hp (88kW) to 140hp (103kW). Torque is said to range from 175Nm to 200Nm. There is also the 1.6-litre turbo from the Insignia with 180hp (132kW).

No Astra engine range is complete without the turbo diesel. On that front 1.3-litre, 1.7-litre and 2.0-litre turbo diesels are to be sold.

The new Astra goes on sale in Europe in the autumn of 2010 in the five-door shape. Later on in the year and in early 2011 the GTC coupe and wagon versions will follow. Previous reports suggest that the US market may get the Astra as a Buick sometime in 2011. Before then it will be exhibited at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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2010 Vauxhall Astra Press Release

  • Set to replicate current Astra’s success as best-selling British-built car
  • Bold, distinctive exterior design matched with spacious, premium-feel cabin
  • All new chassis with adaptive damping will raise bar in class for comfort & handling

These are the first official images of the new, British-built Vauxhall Astra, which will debut as a five-door hatchback at this September’s Frankfurt Show and will appear in UK showrooms at the end of the year.

Marking the sixth generation of Astra in 30 years, the new car’s design team was led by Mark Adams, the British designer responsible for last year’s European Car of the Year-winning Vauxhall Insignia.

With its strong, cab-forward silhouette, steeply-raked windscreen and sloping rear roofline, the new Astra makes ingenious use of many of the design features found in the Insignia, but in a fresh and innovative way. Also like the Insignia, it has spent over 600 hours in the wind tunnel, benefiting performance, economy and overall refinement.

“We’re continuing with the same premium design cues as the Insignia, inside and out of the car,” said Adams, Vice President of GM Europe Design. “However, the main design themes, like the wing-shaped light signatures and the blade, needed an individual execution to avoid ‘cloning’ the model ranges. This is why, for instance, you see twin wings in the rear lights and a reversed blade on its flanks.”

Underpinning the Astra’s rakish, 4.4 metre-length body, is an all-new chassis with a 71 millimetre-longer wheelbase, benefiting both passenger comfort and packaging. Wider tracks front and rear feature, as does a new rear axle design, which not only improves stability and agility, but takes the Astra’s ride comfort into a different league.

Enhancing the Astra’s dynamic performance still further is the option of Vauxhall’s clever FlexRide system, a rarity in this sector which offers drivers three unique damper settings – standard, sport and tour – while being fully adaptive to changes in driving style and cornering speed.

Pictures of the new Astra’s interior will be released soon, but in the meantime expect similar strides in quality to those found in the Insignia, combined with big improvements in packaging, seat design and in-cabin storage. Mark Adams’ unique wrap-round dash treatment will also appear in the Astra, but with a different take on that found in the Insignia.

Unique in this sector will be the Astra’s optional, latest generation AFL (Adaptive Forward Lighting), which features bi-xenon lighting that changes its intensity and reach to suit prevailing road conditions.  A similar system was introduced on the Insignia, and is now recognised as one of the most advanced systems available.

The highlight of the new Astra’s powertrain line-up is the introduction of an all-new, 140PS turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol unit, which builds on Vauxhall’s commitment to engine downsizing and reduced emissions/fuel consumption, while retaining the performance of a larger capacity vehicle. The 1.4T joins three further petrol engines, which range from 100PS to 180PS, and four diesel engines ranging from 95PS to 160PS. All engines are Euro 5 compliant.

“The only part of the Astra which isn’t new is its name,” said Andy Gilson, Vauxhall’s Marketing Director. “And that name currently accounts for around 30 per cent of all Vauxhall’s car sales, with the five-door hatch taking 60 per cent of those sales alone – so it’s important to lead with this body style. Not only is the Astra a crucial new model for Vauxhall, but we’re confident that its blend of dynamic design, new-to-class technology and immense driver appeal will attract an even broader spectrum of buyers in this sector.”

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Comments (53)

 GTurbo GTurbo
The amount of comments (on this page) on the new Astra is simply Astranomical! That shows Vauxhall have come up on another classy effort. As though proof is needed, what car is spearheading the 2010 ECOTY Award? Yes! It's the 'boring' new Astra!
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November 5, 2009 7:30 pm
 sovietmole sovietmole
yea i agree..the last astra had really bold lines..this looks very conservative indeed.. the front looks like the i30
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June 4, 2009 4:04 pm
 pscs pscs
The video is taken and edited by some random high school kid. No art direction. So bad. Car driving on side. Camera angles cheap.
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May 30, 2009 4:42 pm
 astroturf777 astroturf777
i actually really love the currne tmodel. new one is nice, but a bit generic, heaps of mazda/ford lines. will sell to mid 20s women... like mazda/ford. current model more aggressive and individual.
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May 19, 2009 10:01 am
 MrDave111 MrDave111
Nice car, i want one
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May 15, 2009 11:27 pm
 alessandro alessandro
It is a good sign to many to buy a Fiat500, Golf or Mini instead, in order to find it in some mall parking lot you left it among Meganes, Kia Ceeds, i30-es and Opels.
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May 15, 2009 11:00 am
 Kakaofos Kakaofos
Agree with benjcolomba, it's just modern Opel nothing revolutionery, what they actually need. I don't want this car as I didn't want any Opel before.
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May 14, 2009 12:34 pm
 auto_man auto_man
"The new Astra goes on sale in Europe in the autumn of 2010 in the five-door shape" That's a wrong information, it's in the showroom at the end of 2009.
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May 14, 2009 12:41 am
 SebXX SebXX
the tail lights reminds me of the A3 sportback's...
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May 13, 2009 11:20 pm
 trailer trailer
Why do you guys who dont like it bother to write about it ? I conted 33 comments about the new Astra witjin just half a day. Both front and rear ends are much more futuristic than any of her rivals, plus she has got a lot more to offer, just be patient to find out boys...
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May 13, 2009 10:26 pm
 HEMI426 HEMI426
Why many new cars have these stupid looking small triangular windows that are so small and take away many view, a part from that it looks better than the old astra
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May 13, 2009 10:10 pm
 melih melih
I like it !
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May 13, 2009 8:41 pm
 p0ssuid0 p0ssuid0
i like it's front end as well as the side profile but, the rear... i think they could have done a little better! the rear bumper is enormous... if they have made the 5th door a bit bigger, and the bumper a little smaller, i think it would be better! to be perfect, they would have to take that plastic piece, where the Opel logo and the 5th door handle are, and make it sleeker, just with the logo... but the front end is beautiful, i think! although it may become boring very soon...
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May 13, 2009 5:30 pm
 MSD MSD
some type of mixture of prev mazda3 seat leon and bmw 1 series and a little bit of insignia touch
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May 13, 2009 5:25 pm
 vertigobike vertigobike
RzGTmorio: don't use the automatic translations :-) as it makes you and all the 'Lusos' look bad - "Pensa 2 vezes antes de usares os tradutores automaticos :-)"
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May 13, 2009 4:19 pm
 RzGTmorio RzGTmorio
Sorry for my mistake ortgrafico but my comment to be noticed and is thus: For the beauty outside is nice in front ago quw is not. Remains to see live to see how. (...) Portugues
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May 13, 2009 3:33 pm
 cemi cemi
I think it looks quite nice.
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May 13, 2009 3:32 pm
 Madness Madness
wait for the 3dr sport hatch!
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May 13, 2009 2:22 pm
 Nizaam Nizaam
The new Astra looks quite classy and elegant. I hope it will save the Opel marque considering GM's financial distress.
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May 13, 2009 1:45 pm
 Michael Michael
I agree it is better looking than the Golf Mk6 or Ford Focus (never liked its back). I would compare it with Seat Leon or Fiat Bravo. IMO not as nice as Scirocco. But let's wait and see the GTC version. And also let's see if the new line of design (see Corsa and Insignia) could improve Opel's financial status.
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May 13, 2009 1:28 pm
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