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2019 Holden Astra Hatch range sees mid-tier manuals dumped

Holden has streamlined its 2019 Astra Hatch range by dropping both mid-range manual variants and culling some options and paint choices.  Although the same four-tiered range first introduced in 2017 remains – comprised of the R, R+, RS, and RS-V – the middling R+ and RS models will now no …

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Holden Astra Sportwagon joins local lineup

Holden burgeoning Astra range has gained a new addition today with the arrival of the Astra Sportwagon. Joining its Astra Hatch and Sedan siblings, the Astra Sportwagon is designed and engineered at Opel’s Russelsheim headquarters and built in the UK at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port manufacturing facility. It benefits from the …

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2017 Holden Astra Sedan LTZ Review

Almost a decade has passed since we last saw the Holden Astra Sedan name in Australia. Now, the name returns and replaces the locally built Holden Cruze which production ended in October 2016. With such well built and optioned rivals as the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3, Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra, …

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Holden to launch 4 new vehicles in the next 6 months

Holden product onslaught has begun, with the company confirming it will be launching no less than four new vehicles in the next six months, plus a Holden first, seven-seat Acadia SUV in 2018. At an exclusive business briefing event held overnight at Holden’s GM Australia Design Studios in Melbourne, the …

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Next Holden Astra VXR may switch to 1.6-litre turbo

Holden‘s next Astra VXR may ditch its current 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine for a smaller unit, according to a new report. New Astra’s chief engineer, Marc Schmidt recently told Australian media that a 1.6-litre unit is “the biggest engine that we would be capable of packaging” in the new Astra’s …

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2016 Opel/Holden Astra officially breaks cover

Further to yesterday’s leaked photos, Opel has officially unveiled its 2016 Astra K ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Headlining the new model is a weight reduction of up to 200kg, depending on model and trim. The car’s bodyshell itself is 20% lighter than outgoing …

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All-new 2016 Opel/Holden Astra leaked!

The first official photos of the all-new 2016 Opel Astra have found their way onto the web, thanks to an Italian website. The fifth-generation Astra is likely to arrive in Australia wearing a Holden badge next year. Based on General Motor’s new Delta platform, which also underpins the next-generation Cruze, …

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Over one-third of Holden’s lineup to be European

Holden has confirmed today that over one-third of its future lineup will be sourced from Europe post local manufacturing. The announcement was made today by Executive Vice President and President of GM Europe, Karl-Thomas Nuemann, at the opening of the Paris Motor Show. This follows an announcement from Holden earlier …

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Opel unleashes 224kW Astra OPC EXTREME

Opel has unleashed its Astra OPC EXTREME ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Honed on the challenging Nürburgring Nordschleife, the fastest-ever Astra is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injected petrol engine developing over 300hp (224kW). The all-aluminium engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox transferring …

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Opel bringing Astra OPC X-treme concept to Geneva

GM’s German arm, Opel will be unveiling “super sports car” at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The study follows the tradition of the Astra OPC X-treme Concept shown in 2002 (red car pictured). Based on the Astra OPC Cup racecar from the Nürburgring Endurance Championship (VLN), the concept will …

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Vauxhall Astra VXR – The Ultimate Astra

The hot hatch class just got a little more interesting with Vauxhall, the British division of General Motors, launching its Astra VXR. The hot hatch comes to the ring with a class-leading 400Nm of torque and a claimed 5.9 seconds dash from 0 – 100km/h (62mph). Crucial to putting all …

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