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10-millionth Astra compact car rolls off the line (part 3)

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In mid-May, the 10-millionth Opel Astra rolled off the assembly line in Bochum, Germany. The following is a summary of the key events in the compact model’s success story.

The Astra family keeps on growing. Never before has there been so much variety: With the addition of the new notchback model in fall 2007, there are now seven models from which to choose. This includes the five-door fastback, spacious station wagon, dynamic three-door GTC, sporty OPC, TwinTop for open-air driving fun, the AstraVan (available in selected markets) and the Astra G-based Astra Classic.

Astra Five-Door: Brings high-technology and dynamic driving to compact class
With its dynamic look, the five-door Astra sets itself apart from the competition. Well-balanced proportions are the basis for its harmonious body line. Measuring 4.25 meters long, 1.80 meters wide and 1.46 meters high with a 2.61-meter wheelbase, the five-door model has attractive roominess and comfortable seating. The Astra’s interior boasts surfaces with a high-quality look and feel. The top Cosmo features decor trim and inlays made from luxurious piano lacquer. The Astra also has plenty of room for luggage: it offers a best-in-class storage compartment volume of up to 380 liters (VDA standard), which expands to a maximum of 1295 liters when the rear seats are folded down. With innovative high-technology features like IDSPlus Chassis system and AFL lighting, the Astra offers equipment usually seen only in exotic performance cars.

Astra Station Wagon: Attractive model with ample legroom and luggage space
This Astra model continues Opel’s compact station wagon success story with its elegant design, high driving dynamics and plenty of space for passengers and luggage. This success is highlighted by the customer demand for the Astra station wagon and the numerous comparison tests it has won in specialist automotive publications. Thanks to its 2,703 mm wheelbase (versus 2,614 mm for the five-door), the Astra station wagon offers above-average rear legroom and load volume of up to 1590 liters - a top value in this class. Features such as the FlexOrganizer system for the load area create high interior flexibility.

Astra GTC: Eye-catching fastback model with unique panorama windshield
The Astra GTC (Gran Turismo Compact) entered the market in March 2005, and was singled out by the specialist automotive press as “perhaps the most exciting Opel Astra ever” It is the most popular compact three-door in Europe. It boasts sporty proportions, a slim line, elongated silhouette, arched sloping roof and pronounced front and rear tapering. The expressively-styled body is newly designed - only the hood and front fenders were taken over from the five-door Astra. The successful model’s exclusivity is underlined by a world first: A panorama windshield that stretches back to the B-pillars, creating a unique scope of visibility. It comes as standard with the Astra GTC Cosmo.

Astra OPC: Sports car in compact-class format
With the Astra OPC (Opel Performance Center), Opel advances far into the territory of established sports cars. The coupe-like three-door model is powered by a 177 kW/240 hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds, and has a top speed of 244 km/h. The Astra OPC requires 9.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. Power is transferred to the front wheels via a sporty six-speed manual transmission. In a special 300 horsepower version of this Astra, eight candidates of Opel’s OPC Race Camp will participate later this year in the 24-hour event on the Nurburgring.

The Astra OPC’s striking looks clearly identify it as the top model in its line. The body design with the low front and tailgate spoiler, trapezoidal central tailpipe and large 18-inch wheels in characteristic OPC six-spoke design (tires 225/40) showcases the car’s dynamic potential. In the interior, Recaro sport seats, an instrument panel in OPC design and aluminum pedals all contribute to the high-class, sporty ambience. The latest version is the limited white Nurburgring edition, with a highly-developed chassis, 19-inch wheels and many exclusive design elements.

Astra TwinTop: Elegant four-seat cabrio-coupe
The sporty-elegant Astra TwinTop joined the Astra family in May 2006. Thanks to its innovative three-part retractable steel roof, it transforms a coupe into a convertible in less than 30 seconds at the touch of a button. The four-seater also boasts ample luggage compartment capacity and an innovative “Easy Load” system which allows for easier storage at the press of a button.

AstraVan: Fun-to-drive delivery van with large cargo compartment
Primarily offered in the UK, the AstraVan’s most distinctive features include robust panel inserts instead of rear side windows and an optional non-glazed tailgate. This model is based on the station wagon and combines the style and comfort of a passenger car with greater utility. The rear axle was redesigned so that the fuel tank could be moved to create an especially large and flat load floor. The torsion-beam rear axle was also modified for heavier loads.

Astra Notchback: Sophisticated family car with classic look
Opel continues a tradition with the Astra notchback as a sophisticated family car. The Astra notchback is produced in Gliwice, Poland, an ideal location to serve the car’s primary markets of Central and Eastern Europe. The predecessor notchback model, Astra Classic, also will continue to be built there.

The new four-door boasts the Astra’s progressive, proportionally-balanced design, dynamic lines and characteristic driving dynamics, together with strong safety features. The new model’s designers adopted the long wheelbase from the station wagon (2703 mm) for generous space in the rear and a large luggage compartment.
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