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First look: Next Astra to take cues from Insignia

Sketchy: Vauxhall has released this fuzzy image of its next-generation Astra.

Vauxhall commences a (very) long-term teaser campaign for its all-new Astra

8 Sep 2008

GENERAL Motors has commenced a teaser campaign for its forthcoming Opel/Vauxhall Astra, releasing sketches and incomplete images this week ahead of the small car’s world debut – not in Paris next month but Frankfurt in September next year.

A release issued from the Vauxhall branch confirmed that the new-generation Astra would use technology from the larger Insignia – including a lane-departure warning system and adaptive front lighting – and will offer a range of new engines that improve low-end torque and reduce fuel consumption. The next Astra will also feature an all-new chassis.

13 center imageAs for the design, Vauxhall said the small car would “carry the spirit of the Insignia” into the compact class with its flowing lines and signature sculpted blade. The premium emphasis will continue into the cabin with a “wrap-around interior” and a “wing-line sweep” linking the instrument panel to the door – again, a la Insignia.

“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,” said GM Europe design vice-president Mark Adams.

The five-door hatch version will be shown in Frankfurt 2009, with the three-door version expected to emerge soon after.

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