Buick, overseas stablemate to Australia’s Holden, will unveil its new Verano small sedan at next week’s Shanghai Auto Show. The current model, launched in 2011, is essentially a re-styled version of the Opel Astra sedan. Although it wears its own unique look at both ends, much of the Verano’s body and interior is shared with the Astra. Show More Summary
Our spy photographers have snapped photos of the next-generation Opel Astra on public roads in Europe, giving us our clearest look yet at the next-generation hatchback. Compared to earlier prototypes, the latest pre-production versions of the Astra are clothed with production body work, bumpers and lighting. Peaking out, for the first time, from the layer [...]
At the Runni Rock Ralli, Jari Huttunen and Marko Vartiainen hit a snowbank, sending their car into a double barrel roll. The pair didn’t seem to notice. You can skip to 2:50. They say the car is an Opel Astra, but we bet it’s actually a Nokia 3310.
Buick sells a compact known as the Excelle in China. There are two versions of the car, the Excelle GT sedan, which is similar to the current Buick Verano; and the Excelle XT hatchback, which is similar to the current Opel Astra. Crucially, the three cars use common internals. Following an earlier teaser shot, we now have our first complete look...
Following on from Holden’s announcement in May 2014 that the Opel Cascada, the Opel Astra GTC three-door, Opel Astra OPC hot-hatch and Opel Insignia OPC would find their way into Australia in 2015, CarAdvice has spotted a Holden badge wearing Opel Cascada in Melbourne. Holden’s Cascada will be the first convertible to grace the Holden lineup [...]
A prototype for BMW’s all-new M2 sports coupe has been spotted, this time wearing its production-spec bumpers and exhaust tips. For anyone that’s been thinking BMW lost its way with cars like the oddly-shaped Gran Turismos and the blasphemous front-driving 2-Series Active Tourer, we think the M2 will be the car that restores your faith...
The next generation of Holden’s returning Astra, once again a rebadged version of Opel’s Astra, may have been given an early preview this week - via the Chinese market. Holden will soon welcome the Astra badge back to its line-up, but the model we’ll see this year will be the same range sold locally in 2013 as an Opel. Show More Summary
Buick sells a compact known as the Excelle in China. There are two versions of the car, the Excelle GT, which is similar to the current Buick Verano; and the Excelle XT, which is similar to the current Opel Astra hatchback. Crucially, the three cars use common internals. Buick has now released a teaser for its next-generation Excelle, which World...
BMW’s next-generation 7-Series has been spotted completely undisguised. This means that the new flagship sedan should be revealed soon, perhaps as early as the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March or the 2015 New York Auto Show the following month. A prototype for Infiniti’s first compact car, the Q30 hatchback, has been spotted in the...
The sister to the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze, Opel’s new Astra, has been spotted in prototype form ahead of its launch in late 2015 or early the following year. The prototype is for the hatchback version of the new Astra but expect to see in the near future prototypes for additional versions like a sedan, Sports Tourer wagon and GTC...
Opel’s next-generation Astra, spied testing in recent months, has been given an unofficial preview this week by independent artist Remco Meulendijk. These latest renderings, among the first ‘guesses’ at the look of the coming fifth-generation Astra hatch, reveal some predictable styling cues. Show More Summary
It’s been badged an HSV, an Opel, and now the hottest Astra will return in 2015 as the Holden Astra VXR to put the Lion badge back in the hot-hatch game for the first time since 2009. Australians could buy this very car only last year as an Opel Astra OPC, of course, before the [...]
Coupefying hatchbacks is all the rage in the European market these days. Its what Opel and Vauxhall did with the latest Astra, and what Renault did with the Mégane, and now Hyundai is preparing to follow a similar formula, only in aShow More Summary
General Motors Co said on Friday it was reviewing the timing of the expansion of its Russian plant near St Petersburg because of a slump in the auto market. The plant currently makes Chevrolet Cruze, Opel Astra, and Chevrolet Trailblazer models. Show More Summary
Our wily spy photographers have snapped the first photos of the 2015 Opel Astra’s interior whilst the car was undergoing testing at the Nurburgring. Although it’s covered in plenty of shrouding and tape, the interior of the next-generation Astra will feature a clearly delineated two-tier dashboard, with controls for the entertainment and navigation systems on [...]
Every Opel model sold so far in Australia has been issued with a recall notice over a problem with the owners’ manuals issued by the German arm of General Motors. The recall notice – published on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s recalls.gov.au website – states that Opel Astra, Opel Corsa, Opel Insignia and Opel Zafira [...]
NEW HOLDEN ASTRA SPIED Holden’s next-generation Astra hatch, developed primarily by German cousin Opel, has been spied testing at the Nurburgring this week. The current and ageing Astra range is already set to return to Australia next...Show More Summary
Holden may have announced it would add the Astra, Cascada and Insignia to its line-up, but don’t expect those to be the only new models to be added by the local maker in the coming months and years. Sceptically viewed as a way of smoothing over some of the hurt of the brand’s decision to [...]
Holden, General Motor's Australian arm, is just beginning a major transition. The automaker announced late last year that it would end local production in 2017. But recently, Gerry Dorizas, its new managing director, boldly declared that the marque is gunning to lead the country in market share by 2020. Show More Summary
Holden may be losing the Commodore, but the brand will gain three new “premium” offerings, suggesting a possible direction for its famed HSV performance shop. Holden-badged versions of the Astra GTC and VXR, Insignia VXR and the Cascada convertible. Just-Auto reports that the Insignia will be a new “fully imported” premium sedan, while the […]