The 2006 Opel Astra Sedan brings the German car manufacturer back into the compact sedan market. Its international debut in Istanbul was a true premiere as General Motors has not introduced a new vehicle in Turkey before. Friedhelm Engler, chief designer compact cars at General Motors Design Europe, stated that they managed to return to the market of compact sedans due to the new Astra as it provided enough space for the luggage of a family of five, thus proving the versatlity of the Astra architecture. He also added that the use of the longer wheelbase Astra Caraven as a base gave the new Astra sedan with large legroom in the back. The car model is planned to enter its production in Gliwice, Poland, aiming to serve the Eastern and Central European markets. The new model will be powered by a range of two gasoline and two diesel engines which deliver an output between 90 and 140 hp.
Opel is backing up new Astra sedan
Istanbul. Opel is back into the compact sedan market. And it backed up its new entry, the Astra Sedan, at its world premiere at the Istanbul motor show yesterday with two company firsts: General Motors has never before premiered a new car in Turkey. And it never before drove it on stage in reverse. Friedhelm Engler, chief designer compact cars at General Motors Design Europe, said climbing out of the back seat of the Astra: "We are back in the market of compact sedans with the new Astra. And its back is what it's all about. It gives ample space for the luggage of a family of five and shows the versatility of the Astra architecture." Standing back to back to the new car, Engler also explained: "Using the longer wheelbase Astra Caravan as base, the new Astra Sedan also has lots of legroom in the back, as I just experienced."
The Astra sedan will be produced in Gliwice, Poland, an ideal location to serve the Central and Eastern European markets for which the car has been primarily developed. The new model features a range of two gasoline and two diesel engines with output between 90 and 140 hp, and will go on sale in autumn 2007.
Notchback sedans are highly sought after in these strong, thriving 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.
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