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Posted on Sep 11th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

1 Comment Category: General Motors, Opel

We’ve already seen spy shots and some sketches of the new Opel/Saturn/Vauxhall Astra and now GM has decided to tease us a little more, by releasing a photo of the car covered with a semi-transparent veil. Now I don’t know why everyone says that the car will make its debut next year at Frankfurt, because the car seems ready to take off and, who knows, maybe we’ll get to see it in Paris next month. I mean, why would you release a teaser one year before the launch, just doesn’t make sense. Just as a reminder, the new Astra borrows a lot from its bigger sister, the Insignia, such as the exterior styling and a series of features like the Front Camera System or the Adaptive Front Lighting (AFL).

Read More: “Teaser photo of the next generation Opel Astra”

Posted on Aug 7th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

3 Comments Category: General Motors, Opel

With VW’s Golf VI almost out, Opel can’t afford wasting any time with their new Opel Astra. And here are a couple of spy photos, taken by one of Autojunk’s readers, on the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. We can see a prototype of the new Astra, which looks like it will follow the Insignia design line which means more curved lines and a more sporty look. Built on GM’s Delta platform, the new Astra will be offered in three and five-door version, station wagon, sedan and cabriolet. Pictured here we’ve got a five door version.

Under the bonnet, Opel will offer the same engine range, plus a new 1.4 litre turbocharged that will produce between 120 and 140 hp and 175 to 200 Nm of torque. Rumors say that the engine will offer an 8% improvement in fuel consumption

The new Opel Astra will make its debut at next year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, sales will start soon after and it will be available in the US as a Saturn and in Australia as a Holden.

Check out one more photo after the jump. Read More: “The new 2009 Opel Astra spied”