1 Apr 1986
Unleaded-fuel requirements upped the engine to a 1.6 and power by 1kW. The spartan SL model attempted to kick-start sluggish sales.
SL/X buyers enjoyed cloth trim, clock and a radio cassette player.
Still small car buyers kept away in droves. Against the newer Ford Laser and Toyota Corolla rivals, the Astra never really stood a chance.
Not even the very-'80s Astra Formula, complete with spoilers and a colour-keyed body kit, could save it. Its 1987 successor was a far more accomplished car.
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