Vauxhall will launch a saloon version of the Astra as part of the range's mid-life changes
16 March 2012

Vauxhall is planning to launch a saloon version of the Astra as part of a series of mid-life changes to the rest of the range due later this summer. However, the four-door is not destined for the UK, instead being reserved for select European markets where such cars traditionally outsell hatchbacks.

The Astra five-door’s changes are understood to be purely cosmetic, focusing on a revised design for the grille, headlights and lower bumper at the front. LED daytime lights will also be added in the front headlight units.

Vauxhall’s new 2.0-litre CDTi BiTurbo diesel engine is also likely to find a home in the Astra five-door as the firm widens its application. The three-door GTC is also understood to receive the same engine.

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16 March 2012

The last Astra saloon was available in Ireland and looked a lot more elegant than the Astra hatch (or, dare I say it, the Vectra!)

16 March 2012

[quote Autocar]Vauxhall is planning to launch a saloon version of the Astra as part of a series of mid-life changes to the rest of the range due later this summer. However, the four-door is not destined for the UK, instead being reserved for select European markets where such cars traditionally outsell hatchbacks.

The Astra five-door’s changes are understood to be purely cosmetic, focusing on a revised design for the grille, headlights and lower bumper at the front. LED daytime lights will also be added... Read the full article[/quote] Yuk!!!!

Peter Cavellini.

16 March 2012

I am surprised this hasn't been done sooner to be honest.

Considering the popularity of saloons in some European markets and GM's globalisation of Vauxhall / Opel products as Buicks, this will appear to be a no brainer model for them.

I'm just sad there won't be a Belmont badge slapped to the boot. ;-))

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

16 March 2012

I know they never really take off here, but the Insignia is MASSIVE! Surely a smaller variat would sell in the uk too, something easier to park and garage at night.

16 March 2012

seems very....meh

I'm sure it'll sell well outside the uk, never understood why we hate bora sized cars so much

16 March 2012

Wow...is it facelift time already? Doesn't time fly...

16 March 2012

[quote Sam_notts]

I know they never really take off here, but the Insignia is MASSIVE! Surely a smaller variat would sell in the uk too, something easier to park and garage at night.

[/quote] Hatches are ment to be more practical because they have a bigger entrance to the boot, but saloons have overall, more space. The cars like the škoda octavia and the insignia hatch have the best of bouth worlds, that's why they sell well.

16 March 2012

[quote theadamh1234][quote Sam_notts]

I know they never really take off here, but the Insignia is MASSIVE! Surely a smaller variat would sell in the uk too, something easier to park and garage at night.

[/quote] Hatches are ment to be more practical because they have a bigger entrance to the boot, but saloons have overall, more space. The cars like the škoda octavia and the insignia hatch have the best of bouth worlds, that's why they sell well.[/quote]

yeah, i kinda grasped that part, im talking about width/lengh of the car and how an Astra saloon would be more suited to our roads and ever decreasing size of parking spaces, compared to the Insignia hatch/saloon. Im sure im not alone here, ive had a saloon car for 5 years now, ive not struggled and ive moved house at least twice in that time. Most of the time with large items id hire a van for fear of damaging my cars interior, saloon or no saloon. In any case the BMW 3 series seems to sell well here.

16 March 2012

[quote Sam_notts]

[quote theadamh1234][quote Sam_notts]

I know they never really take off here, but the Insignia is MASSIVE! Surely a smaller variat would sell in the uk too, something easier to park and garage at night.

[/quote] Hatches are ment to be more practical because they have a bigger entrance to the boot, but saloons have overall, more space. The cars like the škoda octavia and the insignia hatch have the best of bouth worlds, that's why they sell well.[/quote]

yeah, i kinda grasped that part, im talking about width/lengh of the car and how an Astra saloon would be more suited to our roads and ever decreasing size of parking spaces, compared to the Insignia hatch/saloon. Im sure im not alone here, ive had a saloon car for 5 years now, ive not struggled and ive moved house at least twice in that time. Most of the time with large items id hire a van for fear of damaging my cars interior, saloon or no saloon. In any case the BMW 3 series seems to sell well here.

[/quote] Hmm I get your point and I think this has a possibility of selling in the uk because it looks like a real saloon rather than a after thought like the old fabia or focus.

16 March 2012

But any way if you want a smaller car get a big hatch!

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