2009 Opel Astra Secrets Revealed
8 May 2008
New Opel Astra is set for 2009 with sexier looks, sportier handling, and fuel-efficient engines.
Opel’s next-generation Astra will be armed with sportier styling and improved handling to take the fight to small-car leaders Toyota Corolla and Mazda3.
Our artist’s impression reveals how the European Astra is set to adopt new sheetmetal based on the new Opel Insignia mid-size sedan unveiled in April.
Drive’s spy photographers have caught disguised versions of the new Astra testing at Germany’s Nurburgring circuit, ahead of its expected 2009 debut at either the Geneva or Frankfurt motor shows.
The latest-generation Opel Astra will sit on General Motors’ new global Delta platform, which will also underpin other key future models under the GM umbrella such as the 2009 Saab 9-1 and 2010 Chevrolet Volt hybrid.
As a ‘world car’ throughout the GM empire, it will also be rebadged using the same sheetmetal for the likes of Holden (Australia/New Zealand), Vauxhall (Britain) and Saturn (North America).
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