The Truth About Cars » Opel Astra http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 05 May 2016 17:00:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Opel Astra 1.4 Turbo Review – The Buick from Europe? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/opel-astra-1-4-turbo-buick-europe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/opel-astra-1-4-turbo-buick-europe/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1306049 When the previous generation of Astra made it to American shores — dressed in leather, wood and Buick Verano badges — it wasn’t a foreign invasion. Instead, the Astra-cum-Verano was a good soldier coming home; the Astra J always felt like a Buick. The brand-new Astra, now wearing the K designator, is lighter, more agile and stuffed with […]

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When the previous generation of Astra made it to American shores — dressed in leather, wood and Buick Verano badges — it wasn’t a foreign invasion. Instead, the Astra-cum-Verano was a good soldier coming home; the Astra J always felt like a Buick. The brand-new Astra, now wearing the K designator, is lighter, more agile and stuffed with […]

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What Does a Chinese Buick Verano GS Mean For North America? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/what-does-a-chinese-buick-verano-gs-mean-for-north-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/what-does-a-chinese-buick-verano-gs-mean-for-north-america/#comments Sat, 10 Oct 2015 16:45:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1192914 As Opel begins its retail roll out of the new Astra across Europe, some enterprising spy shooters have found the Opel’s Chinese-market twin wearing Buick tri-shields and Verano GS badging. And holy shit, this is about to get very, very confusing. According to Autohome, the Verano GS — marketed as Buick Weilang GS in China […]

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As Opel begins its retail roll out of the new Astra across Europe, some enterprising spy shooters have found the Opel’s Chinese-market twin wearing Buick tri-shields and Verano GS badging. And holy shit, this is about to get very, very confusing. According to Autohome, the Verano GS — marketed as Buick Weilang GS in China […]

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Review: 2014 Opel Astra Manual Diesel Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/review-2014-opel-astra-manual-diesel-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/review-2014-opel-astra-manual-diesel-wagon/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=761313 Recently, Mark Reuss told media that he would like GM to have an American wagon. If this happens, the prime candidate is the Chevy Cruze Wagon, which already exists – and is also offered with diesel engine and manual transmission. But what if GM wanted something more upscale? What if Reuss’ dream wagon is meant […]

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Recently, Mark Reuss told media that he would like GM to have an American wagon. If this happens, the prime candidate is the Chevy Cruze Wagon, which already exists – and is also offered with diesel engine and manual transmission. But what if GM wanted something more upscale? What if Reuss’ dream wagon is meant […]

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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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Review: 2013 Buick Verano Turbo (Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/review-2013-buick-verano-turbo-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/review-2013-buick-verano-turbo-video/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=475104 The popular wisdom among folks in the auto-biz of my generation (1970s) is that Buick only exists because of China. Why didn’t GM kill Buick in America and keep it in China? The answer is obvious: you can’t sell your brand on its “Americanness” if it isn’t also sold in America to Americans. Buick then […]

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The popular wisdom among folks in the auto-biz of my generation (1970s) is that Buick only exists because of China. Why didn’t GM kill Buick in America and keep it in China? The answer is obvious: you can’t sell your brand on its “Americanness” if it isn’t also sold in America to Americans. Buick then […]

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Opel Astra On Sale RIGHT NOW In North America http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/opel-astra-on-sale-right-now-in-north-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/opel-astra-on-sale-right-now-in-north-america/#comments Mon, 11 Jun 2012 16:29:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=448392 Yes, that’s right Europhiles, you can buy an Opel Astra in North America…it’s called a Buick Verano, and it will join the more familiar Astra hatchbacks with four gasoline and three diesel powerplants at launch, as well as a 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder at some point in the future.

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Yes, that’s right Europhiles, you can buy an Opel Astra in North America…it’s called a Buick Verano, and it will join the more familiar Astra hatchbacks with four gasoline and three diesel powerplants at launch, as well as a 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder at some point in the future.

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European Chevrolet Production May Help Ease Opel Capacity Problem http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/european-chevrolet-production-may-help-ease-opel-capacity-problem/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/european-chevrolet-production-may-help-ease-opel-capacity-problem/#comments Mon, 14 May 2012 13:32:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=444339 With Opel’s fortunes in the toilet and Chevrolet vehilces gaining ground in Europe, Opel brass are looking at an obvious solution – stop building Chevrolet products in South Korea and start building them in Europe. Opel CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke told the New York Times that “We are in talks with our colleagues in Detroit and […]

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With Opel’s fortunes in the toilet and Chevrolet vehilces gaining ground in Europe, Opel brass are looking at an obvious solution – stop building Chevrolet products in South Korea and start building them in Europe. Opel CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke told the New York Times that “We are in talks with our colleagues in Detroit and […]

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Scion xD Scores Last In Euro NCAP Compact Crash Test http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/scion-xd-scores-last-in-euro-ncap-compact-crash-test/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/scion-xd-scores-last-in-euro-ncap-compact-crash-test/#comments Thu, 10 Dec 2009 16:03:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=338811 The Scion xD is known in Europe as the “Urban Cruiser,” and with an AWD option it’s sold as a quasi-SUV. According to a Euro NCAP crash test of comact cars though, the Urban Cruiser offers a lot less safety than you might expect in an SUV. NCAP’s latest round of compact testing saw vehicles […]

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The Scion xD is known in Europe as the “Urban Cruiser,” and with an AWD option it’s sold as a quasi-SUV. According to a Euro NCAP crash test of comact cars though, the Urban Cruiser offers a lot less safety than you might expect in an SUV. NCAP’s latest round of compact testing saw vehicles […]

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