Opel’s 2016 European Car of the Year Arrives in SA

2016-05-04 06:00
OPEL’s award-winning eleventh generation Astra. Photo: SUPPLIED

OPEL’s award-winning eleventh generation Astra. Photo: SUPPLIED

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OPEL’s award-winning eleventh generation Astra, which was crowned the 2016 European Car of the Year just last month, has reached South African showrooms.

The Astra, which arrived at dealers on April 15, represents a quantum leap for Opel in this segment and will take the brand’s C-segment contender well into the next decade.

The five-door hatchback has been designed and engineered to meet fast-changing consumer needs and demands that are shaping personal mobility against the backdrop of a densely-populated planet with finite resources.

To meet these requirements, Opel set out to design, engineer and manufacture a vehicle that would be amongst the most efficient, lightest and best connected, and offer advanced safety and driver assistance technology.

The new Astra is designed and engineered around four binding principles: efficiency, design, connectivity, and advance driver assistance and safety technology.

Some of the key highlights of the new Astra are:

  • Up to 200 kilograms lighter overall than before – depending on the model – thanks to a 20 percent weight savings from the body itself, and paring weight off systems like exhausts, and individual components like seats;
  • More fuel efficient, thanks to a range of three turbo-charged and direct injection ECOTEC engines and the use of features like Start/Stop across the range;
  • Significantly more aerodynamic than its predecessor and class rivals, with a wind-cheating CD of just 0.285;
  • More compact than before, with overall length down by five cm, and height down by half that;
  • There’s more cabin space - rear legroom, front headroom and front to rear hip point measures have all increased;
  • The lightweight superstructure is stronger than before and more resistant to both twisting and bending - so it’s safer, and handles better;
  • Lightweight, compact, ergonomically-advanced seats underpin the progressive interior with a strong focus on space and ease of use;
  • IntelliLink touch screen with satellite navigation and an advanced infotainment interface ensure seamless connectivity on the go;
  • IntelliLux LED matrix lighting, a first in this segment, makes driving at night less stressful;

New Opel Astra Models and Pricing:

1.0T Essentia R254 000

1.0T Enjoy R284 300

1.4T Enjoy MT R328 000

1.4T Enjoy AT R338 000

1.4T Sport MT R354 000

1.4T Sport AT R374 000

1.6T Sport MT R387 000

1.6T Sport PLUS MT R407 000

Option Packs:

1.Astra Hatch Enjoy Driver Assist Pack (Opel Eye Front Camera System) R6 300.

2. Astra Hatch Essentia R 4.0 IntelliLink R4 000

3. Astra Hatch Sport Navi 900 IntelliLink R10 700

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