Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Opel unveils the Astra Sedan
Following the five-door hatch, station wagon, three-door GTC and cabrio-coupe TwinTop variants, Opel unveiled the Astra Sedan which will make its world debut at the upcoming Turkish Motor Show in Constantinople (3 -12 November) with sales starting in autumn 2007.
Aimed to serve the Central and Eastern European markets as according to Opel (and we have no reason at all to question them), notchback sedans are highly sought after in these markets. 67 percent of Turkish customers who purchase a compact class car, for example, choose a notchback model. In Russia, this figure is 65 percent and in Poland and South-East Europe the total is around 15 percent. With a share of approximately five percent, this body variant plays a less significant role in the compact class in Western Europe.
The Astra Sedan, which will be produced in Opel's Gliwice plant in Poland is based on the long wheelbase Astra station wagon (2703 mm) boasting a 500 litre luggage compartment and it will feature a range of two gasoline and two diesel engines with output between 90 and 140 hp.
Leaving aside the fact that like all C-segment Sedans, the Astra's looks are shall we say, for your granddad's eyes only, according to Opel's press release the Sedan is 4.618 mm long (width/height: 1754/1458 mm) which makes it longer than it's D-Segment brother, the Vectra (4.611 mm ) !