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Opel Astra Spotted by Autocar Spies

This is the first picture of the new Opel Astra, captured for the first time completely undisguised.

Spotted at a GM testing facility in Germany, by Autocar spies the car in the picture is a styling model, but it shows how the new Opel Astra will look when it goes on sale at the end of this year.

The new Opel Astra's true window line is visible for the first time, as are the rear lights and the real shape of the rear window. Until now we've only seen heavily disguised Opel Astras on test.

Underneath the Opel Astra uses GM's new Delta platform, shared with the new Chevrolet Cruze and destined for al GM's mid-size cars including the Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera.

Unlike the current Astra's chassis, which is a reworked version of the previous car's platform, this one is all-new and should offer greater refinement and better handling.

The suspension layout is the same, however, with MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam at the rear.

Inside, the dash and centre console are heavily influenced by the Insignia, with a three-dial instrument binnacle and the same wraparound dash that curves the dashboard into the door trims.

Opel's Ellesmere Port factory, where the new Astra will be built later this year, has already been fitted out with the tooling and production lines needed to manufacture the car.

[source: Autocar]

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That's a very nice Sunbird.
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So far this car looks like it will be one good looking compact hatchback. If GM is going to give Buick different Astra variants it should revive the Skyhawk and Skylark model names. The Skyhawk name would be applied to the 3-door and 5-door. The Skylark name would be applied to the sedan and wagon. I can't wait to see the entire car undisguised; I bet it will look incredible.

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Oh boy, undisguised photo! Oh wait, they failed to get the front or rear in the photo. Hard to judge just looking at an incomplete side view, but so far it just looks like the current Astra, but with softened lines.

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Don't like the weels. What I want to see is the GTC, that's the one I'd be interested in...

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If this car does not debut in NA here with some kind of high performance version, I will be pissed off royally. The Astra and Taurus are contending for my next car title.

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Ugh! No, no, no.

I absolutely hate the rear of the greenhouse.

It's all Mazda3, Pontiac Vibe, Subaru Impreza ME TOO!

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Ugh! No, no, no.

I absolutely hate the rear of the greenhouse.

It's all Mazda3, Pontiac Vibe, Subaru Impreza ME TOO!

I do agree that this car is following some modern trends in hatchback design, but I think GM can trump all three of the cars you mentioned if they nail the front/rear styling and the cars detailing. The 2010 Mazda3 has bizarre front/rear design elements. The Impreza's front/rear design elements are hopelessly bland and boring. The Vibe's front/rear design elements are okay, but somewhat dated. If GM can avoid making any of these mistakes with the Astra's front/rear design (Hint to GM: stick to the elements that make the Insignia so attractive), then they will have the best looking compact hatchback by a large margin.

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impreza - sucks

mazda3 - garish

vibe - rice

the interior is where this astra will shine.

imagine this car with the 260hp DI ecotec and a six speed manual....YES!!

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Well, it will have cup holders this time. :smilewide:

Yeah, that's a weak point of the current model..it seems the Germans just don't take cupholder design seriously enough.

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i think the new astra has some of the megane design in it.

To me Astra's sides look smoother. The greenhouse seems to have the a similar rounded shape.

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Don't like the weels. What I want to see is the GTC, that's the one I'd be interested in...

Here is what autozeitung has rendered about the GTC. The magazine says that the GTC will come under the name Calibra and Opel is in the process of resurrecting the Ascona name too.

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