New Holden Astra goes on sale in Australia today — with an eye-watering price

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    New Holden Astra goes on sale in Australia today — with an eye-watering price

    THE first all-new Holden Astra in more than a decade goes on sale in Australia today — but it will come with an eye-watering price as the company sources more cars from Europe.

    The iconic hatchback has returned to showrooms after the Holden Cruze ended local production last month.

    The Holden Cruze automatic previously sold for as low as $19,990 drive-away but the new Astra hatch automatic starts at more than $27,000 drive-away — a staggering 35 per cent increase.

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    Re: New Holden Astra goes on sale in Australia today — with an eye-watering price

    Article written by renowned Holden hater Dowling, but still ouch !

    They have to get people through the door and convince them to pay $1-2K more than all of these:

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    Re: New Holden Astra goes on sale in Australia today — with an eye-watering price

    My Wife is going to test drive one

    The price is around thereabout what she wants to spend but if she doesnt like it we'll look elswhere
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    Re: New Holden Astra goes on sale in Australia today — with an eye-watering price

    the base model Cerato s is going for 19,990 at the moment, other articles ive read Holden keep referring to it as a premium offering don't know how many people are going to take it as a premium car.
    The pricing maybe it's biggest hurdle and trying to get people to accept the base model is really worth it compared to the others.
    Although im waiting to see the full specs before I make any comparisons, I can blame my dad for this but I do have a soft spot for Astras.
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    Re: New Holden Astra goes on sale in Australia today — with an eye-watering price

    Quote Originally Posted by kts3502.0 View Post
    the base model Cerato s is going for 19,990 at the moment, other articles ive read Holden keep referring to it as a premium offering don't know how many people are going to take it as a premium car.
    The pricing maybe it's biggest hurdle and trying to get people to accept the base model is really worth it compared to the others.
    Although im waiting to see the full specs before I make any comparisons, I can blame my dad for this but I do have a soft spot for Astras.
    Holdens website has Astra at 25k drive away (manual) and up to 35k drive away (manual)

    Midspec seems to be the sweet spot at 30k drive away (manual) for 1.6T which has a reasonable spec level and lines up around the same as the previous Cruze SRI when it first came out

    I'm keen to also see exactly what the spec looks like when it hits showrooms my dealer reckons he'll have a couple of cars available early December at the latest


    But that was nearly a month ago when I spoke to him


    It may be worth waiting to see what the Cruze is specced at when it arrives as there doesnt seem to be a massive chasm between the two looks wise , but if it only has a 1.4T it's no sale according to the missus

    It's been enough trouble getting to convince her that a 1.6T would have enough grunt
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    Re: New Holden Astra goes on sale in Australia today — with an eye-watering price

    my missus has been the same when I've bought 1.6T cars home to review until she has been in them she was under the assumption if its under 2L it's not worth it.
    Waiting for the full specs hard to really compare things without them but I don't see the base model one selling a lot, given our market buys more autos 27K seems a lot compared to the rest. the mid spec ones could be where they get sales.
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    Re: New Holden Astra goes on sale in Australia today — with an eye-watering price

    The prices will continue to rise if the exchange rate goes South after the election in the US.

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    Re: New Holden Astra goes on sale in Australia today — with an eye-watering price

    Where's GM building these Holden Astra's - UK (Ellesmere Port) or Poland (Gliwice) ?

    UK-built would be cheaper since the Sterling revaluation following the Brexit vote.

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    Re: New Holden Astra goes on sale in Australia today — with an eye-watering price

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper View Post
    Where's GM building these Holden Astra's - UK (Ellesmere Port) or Poland (Gliwice) ?

    UK-built would be cheaper since the Sterling revaluation following the Brexit vote.
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    Re: New Holden Astra goes on sale in Australia today — with an eye-watering price

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper View Post
    Where's GM building these Holden Astra's - UK (Ellesmere Port) or Poland (Gliwice) ?

    UK-built would be cheaper since the Sterling revaluation following the Brexit vote.
    Cheaper? Compared to which country?

    Over 80% of Astra Components are imported into UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GolfBravo View Post
    Cheaper? Compared to which country?

    Over 80% of Astra Components are imported into UK.
    And likely to get worse after Brexit when the tariff barrier goes up - since Vauxhall accounts for a third of GM Europe's sales, mostly built outside the UK, that volume is bound to take a big hit - will Opel survive it?

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    Re: New Holden Astra goes on sale in Australia today — with an eye-watering price

    Opel will surely survive it. But obviously they will have overcapacity problem again, and we all know what that means.

    A friend of mine works for an automotive intelligence company in Germany, and the latest news is that Ford Europe are bleeding because of brexit, and they are forecasting a double digit % drop in their UK sales next year.

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    Re: New Holden Astra goes on sale in Australia today — with an eye-watering price

    Quote Originally Posted by GolfBravo View Post
    Opel will surely survive it. But obviously they will have overcapacity problem again, and we all know what that means.

    A friend of mine works for an automotive intelligence company in Germany, and the latest news is that Ford Europe are bleeding because of brexit, and they are forecasting a double digit % drop in their UK sales next year.
    Of course, all Ford's vehicles are imported into the UK - as opposed to most by Opel/Vauxhall - a number of other brands have announced price rises in the UK because of the recent Sterling revaluation but Hyundai have announced they AREN'T increasing prices in order to gain a competitive edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper View Post
    but Hyundai have announced they AREN'T increasing prices in order to gain a competitive edge.
    Instead they'll introduce a UK-only range: Toblerone edition.

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