Wednesday, December 23, 2009

10 Millionth Opel Astra Rolls Off The Production Line

Today, nearly 17 years after the first Astra left Opel’s Bochum plant in Germany on August 12, 1991, the 10 millionth Astra rolled of the company’s production line at the same plant. The commemorative model is a Silver Lightning Astra Station Wagon 1.7 CDTI and according to Opel, it’s equipped with special features to celebrate this production milestone.

The Astra is currently produced in eight plants on two continents. In Europe, the current models are built in Bochum, Germany; Antwerp, Belgium; Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom and Gliwice, Poland. The Astra is also fully or partially assembled in Russia, the Ukraine, Brazil and Serbia. It's also Opel's first compact-sized model since the Kadett B that found it’s way into the USA where its sold with the Saturn badge.

The British buy the most Astras. Last year, 119,082 units were sold in the U.K. while the second-largest market is Germany (74,226), followed by Italy (43,128) and Spain (41,282). The most popular Astra in Western Europe is the 1.6 ECOTEC model Enjoy.

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