The new Opel Astra GTC, or Vauxhall Astra GTC, has been revealed in these official pics before its public unveiling at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The sporty little coupé has got some very sculpted lines from the Paris Concept seen last year and shares not one body panel with the five-door hatch. Opel has big plans for the model on the European car market, expecting that it will make up to 20 percent of total Astra sales.
The Astra GTC is an aggressive and rakish-looking vehicle with a lower and wider stance than the standard hatchback. It has been lowered by 15mm and is wider by another 10mm, and the 18 to 20-inch wheels on offer accentuate its purposeful looks. Despite this sports style, Opel wants to the coupé to keep some of those space-friendly features from the hatchback, with room for five occupants, a boot size that starts at 370 litres and a redesigned interior with extra room for storing objects.
On the technical front, the Opel Astra GTC borrows the Hiperstrut (high performance strut) suspension from the Insignia OPC and comes with the FlexRide settings of Standard, Tour and Sport. Three petrol engines and a diesel will be available from launch date, although we can expect addition engines to be announced at the 2011 IAA. The Astra OPC won’t appear until sometime in 2012. The engine range is as follows:
Official pics of the Opel Astra GTC being taken have allowed for spy shots to leak to the internet, published by the French site Autoplus. The three-door Astra is based on the Paris GTC Concept from last year’s show in that city, and is hotly anticipated as a sporty new model from Opel.
The Astra GTC should measure 4.46 metres when it hits the market, which is 17cm more than the current model. Engine options should include 1.4 and 1.6 Turbo units, and a 2.0 CDTI. The performance Astra OPC version will probably get a 2.0-litre turbo engine with about 290 hp which should appear in 2012.
The Opel Astra GTC should complete the Astra range along with a cabriolet. We saw a rendering of the Astra Cabriolet recently and this model should appear in 2013. Not early enough for us to provide some competition to the relaunched Golf Cabriolet but we’ll be keen to see it when it does get here.
A new Opel Astra cabriolet is planned for 2013 and after coupé-cabrio models don’t seem to have demonstrated the same charm as the traditional soft top with folding fabric roof, Opel will be going back to cabrio roots with its Astra convertible. The new Astra Cabrio will replace the TwinTop model and will revive a more classic style while doing so.
Opel has already confirmed that a traditional Astra Cabriolet is in the works, which should debut in 2013. The model could be the next from the German brands in the classic cabrio camp, after Volkswagen just revived its own Golf Cabriolet. It replaces the current Volkswagen Eos, with a folding metal roof, which will be discontinued.
The rendering above is from WorldCarFans and shows what the Astra-based cabriolet could look like, although no official details are available right now. The Astra cabriolet will be built in Poland at the Gliwice plant.
After the Opel Astra GTC preview pics and the news that we’ll see this released on June 7th, Opel has also released an Astra GTC video. After the GTC we should also see the Astra OPC eventually appear, sometime after the Astra GTC debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Details are scarce on both models at this stage and the GTC should be more akin to the standard five-door Astra. The OPC is likely to get new aerodynamics and modifications to the engine with the two-litre unit nearing 300 hp. It could appear at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
Up first, though, we’ll see the Opel Astra GTC get a press unveil on June 7 where we hope to receive some more images of the new coupé. Details revealed on that date will include technical specs, with some information on what is expected to be significant chassis changes to the standard Astra, that will also preview those to be seen on the OPC/VXR model in the future.
The Opel Astra GTC will be officially released on June 7th before going on display at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show later this year. These two Astra GTC preview pics show that the model is closely based on the GTC Paris prototype that was unveiled at the Paris motor show last year.
From what we can see in the images, not a lot has changed from the GTC Paris Concept and the rear end has kept its Scirocco-like looks. The Astra GTC will be available for pre-orders in June before we actually get to see it in Frankfurt.
The Vauxhall Astra VXR (or Opel Astra OPC), shows more than just shades of the sexy hatch-coupé Opel GTC concept we saw at the Paris show last year. Autocar has got its hands on some details, including these two rendered images, and is saying that the new model should be competing with the Renault Sport Megane 250.
The new Astra OPC will get a boost in power, up 50 hp to nearly 300 hp. Some local UK development work has also been carried out to give it a new track chassis. This is designed to keep in step with the Megane 250 and the upcoming Ford Focus ST. The design is clearly as close as Opel wanted to get to its Paris concept, and the renderings are said to be an accurate rendition of the model, possibly produced for promotional material.
In fact, if these pics are to be believed, the Astra OPC is very faithful to the Paris concept, although we had originally expected Opel to go less radical. While it’s clearly an Opel design, some of the more exaggerated features look like they will be included: the door handle creases running to the rear, and the sculpted hatch part for example. The kind of curvy style of the Opel Astra GTC has been achieved through advances in technology that have managed to produce a design that would have otherwise been impossible.
Over the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, among the plans for expansion of the Opel brand overseas, General Motors confirmed that models like the Opel Astra will be back on the Australian car market, not as locally-badged Holden models, but as Opel European premium brand vehicles. The move could involve internal competition among the General Motors group, with models like the Chevrolet Cruze being overlooked for the Opel badge, but Opel head Nick Reilly claims that the European models will be headed for a different market segment, with customers unlikely to swap over from brand to another.
So far comments in Australia seem to welcome the move, and the return of European-built models like the Opel Astra and Opel Corsa (originally on the market as the Holden Barina) could prove to be extremely popular. We already analysed how the change from European-produced, Holden-Opel models to Korean-built ones was unwelcome, and how it damaged the brand on that market, and the announcement to bring back Opel models may well be celebrated by those wanting more choice in the European brand offering.
Rather than badging the models as Holdens, Opel will work alongside the Aussie brand, but will likely have its own standalone division and possible dedicated dealerships. Australian customers will have to expect to pay a premium for the Opel models though, as they will be priced in a different bracket from previous Holden branded models. They could prove to be more expensive than Volkswagen models, but will still be placed in front of Peugeot, Citroen, Renault and Alfa Romeo.
The expansion of the Opel brand worldwide is key to its survival, particularly at an international level, and the brand is planning new ventures in China, South America and the Middle East. Plans for the Australian market will likely be clouded somewhat by the history of the Holden brand, and will depend on the success of the premium brand label with past attempts not producing the profits expected. We’re hoping though that this time the move will be successful enough to discourage Opel from importing Korean-made Corsa’s and other models into Europe….
Source | Carsales.com.au
After taking a dig at the Audi A1 and its supposedly disappointing sales results so far, German magazine Automobilwoche is also citing the new Opel Astra as a flop for 2010. The take on the Astra comes with comparison of the Volkswagen Golf, which has vastly outstripped the former in sales for this year. On the local German market, Astra sold 65,472 units in the last year against the 234,135 Golfs that were sold. From November 2009 to November 2010, those Astra sales represent just 28 percent of the Golf sales.
Opel sales chief for Germany Alain Visser has admitted that the Astra sales are (unsurprisingly for us) inferior to those of the Golf, but says that the company will be focusing on its new Astra Sports Tourer station wagon in the new year. The Sports Tourer apparently represents 50 percent of overall Astra sales and this compact wagon is more than a significant competitor for the Golf Variant.
The Opel Astra fares better against the Volkswagen Golf on some other European markets, while across Europe over the last year the Astra has sold 254,773 units to the Golf’s 533,009. That makes for a percentage of about 48 percent, which is far healthier than on the local German market. It still puts the Astra behind the Golf but the latter has always reigned as Europe’s favourite hatchback so the figures are not exactly ground breaking. What will be interesting to see is how the Sports Tourer goes in the future.
Lucky UK customers of the new Opel Astra VXR will get some Lotus fine-tuning work done on the model as it will probably become the Astra GTC in the future. The high-performance version of between 280 and 300 hp is said to have some input from Lotus to improve the chassis components.
While the Astra GTC model has mostly been developed in Germany, it’s not the first time Lotus has lent a hand to the company, having worked on the previous VXR as well. The work has been conducted on a strictly consultative basis and no official confirmation is likely to be made.
The previous Astra VXR had an electronic limited-slip differential system, but this time the company is apparently working on a mechanical version, which is the part where Lotus comes in. The latter’s role would be to reduce torque steer and fine-tune the new mechanical operation. The new Opel Astra GTC could get the same Hyperstrut suspension of the Insignia VXR and will probably arrive late next year.
Source | Autocar
The Opel GTC Paris Concept was the first cab off the rank at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. This gallery shows the Astra GTC prototype in all its red, shiny glory, and demonstrates the talent of designer Mark Adams. He has slowly been modernising the brand and this sexy sports concept shows the new dynamic design that Opel has been adopting.
Alongside the GTC Paris Concept is the Opel Astra Sports Tourer which could prove to be a remarkably successful model for the company. Photos of it were released a few months ago but this is the first world debut of the Sports Tourer and seeing it live shows just what a tough competitor in its segment it might prove. The Astra Sports Tourer has a FlexRide chassis and will provide start&stop technology and the 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX engine from 2011. Of all the banal things that most catches our attention though are the cool and practical FlexFold seats - what more could we want from a station wagon?
The GTC Paris Concept has been described by Mark Adams as the most exciting Opel ever. A phrase from Jonathan Livingston Seagull has been embroidered into the seats: “and the speed was pure beauty”. Some elements of the car will clearly stay in the prototype phase (like the enormous 21-inch wheels) but overall this concept represents most of what we’ll see on the Astra GTC. It is 4.46 metres long and has a 2.0-litre turbo engine with 290 hp.