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2015 Karl
2015 Astra
2014 Vivaro
2014 Corsa
2014 Adam
2013 Meriva
2013 Intelilink
2013 Insignia
2012 Cascada
2012 Mokka
2012 Zafira Tourer
2012 Astra OPC
2012 Astra GTC
2012 Adam
2011 Combo
2011 Ampera
2008 Insignia
2007 Agila B
2007 Corsa
2007 Corsa LPG
2007 GT
2006 Antara
2005 Corvette Z04
2005 Zafira B
2005 Astra GTC
1994 Tigra Twin Top
2004 Astra H
2003 Speedster
2001 Combo
1999 Zafira A
1998 Astra G
1998 Frontera
1995 Vectra B
1994 Omega B
1994 Tigra
1993 Corsa B
1993 Frontera
1991 Astra F
1990 Calibra
1984 Kadett E
1982 Corsa A
1981 Ascona
1979 Kadett D
1978 Monza
1977 Rekord E
1974 Manta B
1973 Kadett C
1972 Commodore B
1970 Ascona A
1970 Manta A
1968 GT
1967 Commodore A
1967 Rekord D
1967 Rallye Kadett
1966 Rekord C
1965 Rekord B
1965 Kadett B
1965 Blitz
1964 Diplomat
1964 Kapitän/Admiral
1963 Rekord A
1962 Kadett A
1962 Kadett A Chassis
1961 Rekord P2 Coupe
1960 Rekord P2
1959 Kapitaen P 2
1958 Kapitän P1
1958 Corvette
1958 Eldorado
1957 Rekord P1
1956 Corvette
1955 Corvette-engine
1956 Kapitän
1955 Olympia Rekord
1954 Kapitän
1953 Corvette
1953 Olympia Rekord
1953 Olympia Rekord
1952 Blitz
1951 Kapitän
1950 Blitz
1947 Olympia
1940 Blitz A
1938 Kapitän
1937 Admiral
1937 Super 6
1936 Kadett
1935 Olympia
1935 P4
1932 1,8
1932 12 C
1931 1,2 Liter
1928 Regent
1928 Rocket Car
1926 4/16
1924 Laubfrosch
1912 Motorcar
1911 10/24
1909 Doctor's Car 4/8
1904 Motorwagen 16/18 HP
1902 Motorwagen 10/12 HP
1902 Hersteller/Opel/Opel Darracq
1899 Patentmotorwagen

Engine Data

  Opel Astra

Displacement (bore*stroke)
Compression ratio
ConstructionFront drive, transversally
Wheelbase2.662 mm
Turning circle11.080 mm
Suspension frontMcPherson
Suspension rearTorsion beam
SteeringToothed rack, servo, electrical
BrakesDisks, front internally ventilated
Wheels195/65 R 15 (6") up to 225/40 R 18 (7,5")
Length4.370 mm
Width1.809/2.042 mm
Height1.485 mm
Tank capacity47 litres
Kerb weight
Luggage compartment370-1.210 litres
Top speed
Purchase price

One thinks back fondly on the old- and the not so old times at Opel. Those were success stories, where one could still hope, that he thread could be picked up again. A lot has been done since the historic low. The head of the company, Dr. Karl Neumann himself, took on the challenge in the below video, not only in his private- but also in his professional capacity.

At the latest in 2016, Opel would like to show a positive balance and here, the Astra is an eminently important building block. Far more important than the Karl, which comes from South Korea anyway, or the Corsa, which by no means, has undergone such radical changes. There are also more courageous steps planned. As far as design is concerned, they can perhaps carry out the planned steps themselves.

The new car won't be any bigger, at least not from the outside. Perhaps the statement 'inside bigger than outside', will be applicable here. Opel is also the first manufacturer, who not only speaks of 'up to' 200 kg of weight-saving, but adds: 'at least 120 kg'. This message is ardently awaited and will hopefully, be applicable to the other models as well. Another brave decision is not to offer an all-wheel drive, which could lead to all together more loading space. Nobody really believes that there won't be a two-door, particularly if one day a coupé should be presented.

There is however, no hybrid and, perhaps a real mistake, no direct-shift-gearbox. At the time, Opel was one of the first companies to take it on. The air-resistance (cW less than 0,30) has indeed, been drastically reduced and the roof-height somewhat less (-26 mm). What can be welcomed, is the 50 mm shorter body-length with almost the same wheelbase.

The 1,4 litre-petrol engine with turbocharger and 107 kW (145 HP), is ready for the motor-press, whereby starters will have to be satisfied with the same engine but without charging and producing 'only' 74 kW (100 HP). Of course and once again, the most reasonable engine is not the most economical one. That would be the three-cylinder, which promises more temperament than its 77 kW (105 HP) suggest. At least in the case of the 1,4 litre turbo, there are already two or three direct-injection models to be had.

As far as the Diesel-engine is concerned, there's not much happening. Here, the same as with the other manufacturers, the same engine with different performance variations will be available. One could wish for a bit more sovereignty as far as the suspension is concerned, particularly over small uneven stretches of road. The steering is already crisp anyway, thus accurately following the trend. Perhaps this and the lack of adjustable damping, will give cause to give it a bit more thought. 06/15