New Vauxhall family hatch due in 2010
8 September 2008

Vauxhall has released teaser images of its new Astra family hatch.

The next-generation Vauxhall Astra will get a new range of engines that will focus on offering more low-end torque and improved fuel consumption, and it will take much of the advanced technology from the new Insignia.

Due at next year’s Frankfurt motor show in September, the Vauxhall Astra will be available with GM’s new Front Camera System that can recognise road signs as well as the Insignia’s Adaptive Front Lighting, which changes the headlight beam according to lighting conditions and weather. Mark Adams, GM Europe’s vice president of design, said: “The present Astra already combines a high level of technical substance and emotional styling, but with the new car we are taking a big step forward in both respects while emphasising its sporting credentials.”The new Vauxhall Astra will also take many of its styling cues from the Insignia, and it will also use the bigger car’s ‘wrap-around’ dash design in order to give a sense of premium quality. Expect the new three-door to have its own distinct design including raked-back coupe styling to emphasise its position as the ‘sporting’ Astra. Sales of the five-door should start in early 2010, with the three-door remaining under wraps until later in the year.

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8 September 2008

Ha,ha!!

Autocar publishing the usual generic teaser sketch - see also RPJ's article 20-Aug-08; reader's letter 27-Aug-08 regarding similarity to Sinclair C5, etc., etc.

8 September 2008

Isn't that a Seat Leon from the side profile sketch? Hmm very original !!

8 September 2008

Very nice so far. Lets hope they keep than roofline! Although i suspect this is the 3dr model...

8 September 2008

Are Vauxhall joking? Teaser shots of the new Astra are less interesting than teaser shots of Gordon Browns washing line. Who gives a flying f*** what the new Astra looks like? I bet it's just like the current one but slightly bigger, slightly heavier, slightly less dull to drive, slightly more economical, and slightly less ugly. Big deal.....

9 September 2008

That is so true! LOL

Where has all Japanese design went to?

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