• Opel Group CEO shows next-gen Astra
HEADED FOR FRANKFURT: Opel will debut its 11th-generation Astra at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show. Image: Quickpic
• Compact to star at 2015 Frankfurt show
• Efficient, light, spacious car promised
RUSSELSHEIM, Germany - Continuing an eight-decade long tradition of Opel compact models, Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann will unveil the all-new Astra at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt in September 2015.
Only fully camouflaged engineering development prototypes will be seen until then but Neumann promised that “the new Astra will feature striking design, high efficiency and an abundance of innovations”.
The South African launch date has not been confirmed yet but more information will be made available later.
Neumann, Opel says, set new development priorities for the latest Astra “which was created from a clean sheet of paper”.
“The result,” the automaker says, “is a revolutionary car that is more efficient in all respects. Space is used much more efficiently and while exterior dimensions have been reduced, interior space has been increased substantially for all occupants.
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“The engineering teams have also managed to dramatically reduce the car's weight, making it more agile while having a positive effect on fuel consumption.”
Neumann also confirmed that, as the result of “the greatest powertrain offensive in Opel's history”, the new Astra would be powered by latest-generation engines.
'SETTING COMPACT STANDARDS'
Astra, Opel says, has been one of the key models in the brand’s portfolio since the first derivatives left the assembly line. Neumann added:
"With each generation we have brought innovative technologies from the upper class into the affordable compact segment. As a result, each generation has raised the bar in terms of safety, comfort and efficiency.
“Following this pattern, the new Astra will once again set standards in the compact class.”
Among others, he said, it would be the first new Opel with OnStar's unique connected service ready to help and rescue owners and their passengers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year."