The Truth About Cars » Astra http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:42:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Astra http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com This Is the New 2016 Opel Astra, Supposedly http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/this-is-the-new-2016-opel-astra-supposedly/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/this-is-the-new-2016-opel-astra-supposedly/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 17:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1081137 Thanks to a leak from GM Europe, this is the next-generation 2016 Opel Astra before its planned debut later this year at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Only the five-door hatchback model is shown in the leaked batch, though Opel does plan to offer other variants, including a sedan, wagon and a hotted-up version. Now, let’s see […]

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Thanks to a leak from GM Europe, this is the next-generation 2016 Opel Astra before its planned debut later this year at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Only the five-door hatchback model is shown in the leaked batch, though Opel does plan to offer other variants, including a sedan, wagon and a hotted-up version. Now, let’s see […]

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GM Agrees to Keep Three Opel Plants Open Through 2018 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/gm-agrees-to-keep-three-opel-plants-open-through-2018/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/gm-agrees-to-keep-three-opel-plants-open-through-2018/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 11:00:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=731010 Just a few days after new GM CEO Mary Barra visited Opel’s headquarters in Ruesselsheim and said the company’s plant there will be assigned a new vehicle to build, General Motors’ Opel unit has come to an agreement with the company’s labor unions to extend until the end of 2018 a no-layoff guarantee at three […]

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Just a few days after new GM CEO Mary Barra visited Opel’s headquarters in Ruesselsheim and said the company’s plant there will be assigned a new vehicle to build, General Motors’ Opel unit has come to an agreement with the company’s labor unions to extend until the end of 2018 a no-layoff guarantee at three […]

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Piston Slap: The Young Lady and the Key http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/piston-slap-the-young-lady-and-the-key/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/piston-slap-the-young-lady-and-the-key/#comments Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:12:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=472840 Hi Steve and Sajeev: My daughter has been driving the Saturn Astra recommended by Steve for a few months now and we can all say that it is a nice car — screwed together well, efficient and kinda sporty.  I consider it to be a win. Except for a minor key issue. The original owner […]

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Hi Steve and Sajeev: My daughter has been driving the Saturn Astra recommended by Steve for a few months now and we can all say that it is a nice car — screwed together well, efficient and kinda sporty.  I consider it to be a win. Except for a minor key issue. The original owner […]

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Poor Man’s MQB: Opel’s Next Gen Insignia Will Be An Astragnia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/poor-mans-mqb-opels-next-gen-insignia-will-be-an-astragnia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/poor-mans-mqb-opels-next-gen-insignia-will-be-an-astragnia/#comments Sat, 01 Dec 2012 03:07:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=468658 Opel is bleeding money and has to save at all costs. Opel hoped to share development of the next generation Insignia  with PSA, but that was called off before it was even announced. According to German media reports, Opel engineers quickly developed a more cost effective solution:  A head transplant. According to the reports, the main […]

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Opel is bleeding money and has to save at all costs. Opel hoped to share development of the next generation Insignia  with PSA, but that was called off before it was even announced. According to German media reports, Opel engineers quickly developed a more cost effective solution:  A head transplant. According to the reports, the main […]

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The Time My Girlfriend Almost Bought An Aveo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/the-time-my-girlfriend-almost-bought-an-aveo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/the-time-my-girlfriend-almost-bought-an-aveo/#comments Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:44:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454745 Back in April, Sajeev and Steve found some time to reply to my letter where I posed the impossible question. As gearheads, we all want something fun, fast, efficient, and cheap (well, most of us want cheap). Much like a traction circle, all these needs are in competition and in order to make good on one […]

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Back in April, Sajeev and Steve found some time to reply to my letter where I posed the impossible question. As gearheads, we all want something fun, fast, efficient, and cheap (well, most of us want cheap). Much like a traction circle, all these needs are in competition and in order to make good on one […]

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Here’s Something We’ll Never See As A Buick Verano http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/heres-something-well-never-see-as-a-buick-verano/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/heres-something-well-never-see-as-a-buick-verano/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2012 13:46:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=449458 North Americans already get a “hot” version of the Vauxhall/Opel Astra – it just happens to come with a Buick badge. Perhaps the Gods of the Ren Cen will smile on us and bring us a Verano GS using the Astra VXR’s 2.0L Ecotec engine. Because we sure won’t be getting the oil-burner. The diesel Astra VXR also […]

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North Americans already get a “hot” version of the Vauxhall/Opel Astra – it just happens to come with a Buick badge. Perhaps the Gods of the Ren Cen will smile on us and bring us a Verano GS using the Astra VXR’s 2.0L Ecotec engine. Because we sure won’t be getting the oil-burner. The diesel Astra VXR also […]

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Opel To Pull Plug On Astra Production In Rüsselsheim http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/opel-to-pull-plug-on-astra-production-in-russelsheim/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/opel-to-pull-plug-on-astra-production-in-russelsheim/#comments Mon, 07 May 2012 13:05:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=443205 After a lot of talk, GM is beginning to create facts at Opel: The production of Opel’s volume model, the Astra, will be moved from Rüsselsheim to Opel/Vauxhall sites in Ellesmere Port and Gliwice, Poland. This according to reports in Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, which receives usually reliable information from Opel’s unions. The union informants […]

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After a lot of talk, GM is beginning to create facts at Opel: The production of Opel’s volume model, the Astra, will be moved from Rüsselsheim to Opel/Vauxhall sites in Ellesmere Port and Gliwice, Poland. This according to reports in Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, which receives usually reliable information from Opel’s unions. The union informants […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Receding Hairline Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-receding-hairline-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-receding-hairline-edition/#comments Fri, 21 Oct 2011 17:13:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=415437 Panoramic windscreens are something of a building trend in Europe’s premium-ish small car segments, combining the benefits of a sunroof with improved visibility. GM debuted the concept as a rarely-chosen option on the previous-generation Astra three-door, and it’s coming back with the forthcoming Astra GTC. Which raises an interesting question: since I’m convinced the GTC […]

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Panoramic windscreens are something of a building trend in Europe’s premium-ish small car segments, combining the benefits of a sunroof with improved visibility. GM debuted the concept as a rarely-chosen option on the previous-generation Astra three-door, and it’s coming back with the forthcoming Astra GTC. Which raises an interesting question: since I’m convinced the GTC […]

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Are You Ready For: Buick Verano “GTI”? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/are-you-ready-for-buick-verano-gti/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/are-you-ready-for-buick-verano-gti/#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2011 15:38:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414727 The last time we watched a hotted-up Opel Astra GTC tear around the ‘ring, I reckoned it’s fairly unlikely that [GM] would bring a 290 HP, limited-slip, six-speed hot hatch to the Buick brand any time soon. Or is it? The line for “Mr Euro”-style self-delusion forms here… I’m still skeptical about a 290 HP […]

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The last time we watched a hotted-up Opel Astra GTC tear around the ‘ring, I reckoned it’s fairly unlikely that [GM] would bring a 290 HP, limited-slip, six-speed hot hatch to the Buick brand any time soon. Or is it? The line for “Mr Euro”-style self-delusion forms here… I’m still skeptical about a 290 HP […]

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Is This Buick’s Open-Top Future? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/is-this-buicks-open-top-future/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/is-this-buicks-open-top-future/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2011 22:03:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=406625 To be perfectly honest, we don’t know if the forthcoming Opel Astra CC (shown here in mule form) will be brought to the US and sold as a Buick, but it’s certainly been rumored. C&D says that, in addition to an Astra/Verano coupe, which it says will “definitely” be coming to the US, Buick’s lineup […]

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To be perfectly honest, we don’t know if the forthcoming Opel Astra CC (shown here in mule form) will be brought to the US and sold as a Buick, but it’s certainly been rumored. C&D says that, in addition to an Astra/Verano coupe, which it says will “definitely” be coming to the US, Buick’s lineup […]

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Buick To Get An(other) Astra http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/buick-to-get-another-astra/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/buick-to-get-another-astra/#comments Wed, 18 May 2011 17:38:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395349 Fresh on the heels of today’s release of Opel Zafira pictures, Buick has confirmed to Automotive News [sub] that rumors of a rebadged Opel Astra for the US market are indeed real. But wait, you say, isn’t the Buick Verano just an Astra sedan? Perhaps… but since there’s no Astra sedan to rebadge, that leaves […]

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Fresh on the heels of today’s release of Opel Zafira pictures, Buick has confirmed to Automotive News [sub] that rumors of a rebadged Opel Astra for the US market are indeed real. But wait, you say, isn’t the Buick Verano just an Astra sedan? Perhaps… but since there’s no Astra sedan to rebadge, that leaves […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Buick’s Brand Integra-ty Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-buicks-brand-integra-ty-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-buicks-brand-integra-ty-edition/#comments Thu, 03 Jun 2010 14:42:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=357975 The new Buick Regal is aimed straight at Acura’s TSX… could this forthcoming Opel Astra Coupe be Buick’s answer to the late Acura Integra/RSX? GM has thus far refused to confirm any Astra-based Buicks besides a sedan that’s already being caught without camo in China. But if Buick is going compact, where should it draw […]

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The new Buick Regal is aimed straight at Acura’s TSX… could this forthcoming Opel Astra Coupe be Buick’s answer to the late Acura Integra/RSX? GM has thus far refused to confirm any Astra-based Buicks besides a sedan that’s already being caught without camo in China. But if Buick is going compact, where should it draw […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Baby Buick Apes Astra Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-baby-buick-apes-astra-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-baby-buick-apes-astra-edition/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2009 19:44:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=337036 No wonder GM decided it couldn’t give up Opel… it would have lost Buick as well! Expect this Buick Excelle (a rebadged Opel Astra in the style of the new Regal) to arrive in the US under a different name (and probably in sedan form only) around the 2012 model year.

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No wonder GM decided it couldn’t give up Opel… it would have lost Buick as well! Expect this Buick Excelle (a rebadged Opel Astra in the style of the new Regal) to arrive in the US under a different name (and probably in sedan form only) around the 2012 model year.

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