Vauxhall Astra to appeal to ‘broader spectrum’ of buyers

A wider range of motorists could be drawn into buying the latest version of the Vauxhall Astra, it is hoped.

Andy Gilson, marketing director at Vauxhall, has stated that the range of changes made to the latest Astra could help to appeal to a larger number of motorists.

Among these developments are changes to the bodywork, which includes an all-new chassis to improve passenger comfort and a new rear axle design to boost both stability and agility.

Mr Gilson said: "Not only is the Astra a crucial new model for Vauxhall, but we’re confident that its blend of dynamic design, new-to-class technology and immense driver appeal will attract an even broader spectrum of buyers in this sector."

He added that Vauxhall will be leading with the five-door version as this in the past has achieved the greatest sales, with the latest offering the sixth generation of the Astra in the past 30 years.

The colour options open to motorists choosing to buy a Vauxhall Astra include Technical Grey, Green Spirit and Panaconna.

Vauxhall Astra designer looking to repeat Insignia strong points

The designer that played a major role in developing the successful Vauxhall Insignia has now been heavily involved in the upcoming Vauxhall Astra.

Mark Adams has led the design team for the sixth generation of the Astra, with the five-door hatchback set to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Show in September.

Among the highlights of the vehicle is a "steeply-raked windscreen and sloping rear roofline", but the features have been interpreted in an innovative manner to ensure it does not bare too many similarities to the Insignia.

Mr Adams said: "We’re continuing with the same premium design cues as the Insignia, inside and out of the car.

"However, the main design themes, like the wing-shaped light signatures and the blade, needed an individual execution to avoid ‘cloning’ the model ranges."

Vauxhall’s marketing director Andy Gilson added that the only thing on the upcoming Astra is its name and this accounts for 30 per cent of all sales of the manufacturer.

Furthermore, Vauxhall states that the Astra has the ability to "rekindle" a person’s passion for driving thanks to features such as its great style and efficient engines.

Vauxhall Astra quietly gets on with its job

Motorists looking for a car to quietly complete the basics without making a statement may find great solace in a Vauxhall Astra, according to a review of the vehicle.

Andrew Anthony states in the Guardian that the Astra is the perfect car for a driver wishing to have a low-profile as it is a car that is generally widely available but generally unrecognised.

Among the strong elements of the car, according to Mr Anthony, is that the Astra completes the standard wants of a car "without fuss or excess", such as pulling away and stopping.

Meanwhile, he comments that the car is equally at home in a busy city or cruising on a motorway, while on the inside it is "inoffensive" to motorists thanks to the use of grey interior.

Furthermore, eco-friendly drivers are equally appealed to in the new Astra, as the ecoFLEX addition to the range means that carbon dioxide levels are reduced when compared with past model offerings.

Buyers of the Vauxhall Astra 1.7-litre ecoFLEX can witness emissions of 119g/km, while fuel consumption sits at a strong 62.8 miles to the gallon.

The Vauxhall Astra is available in colours including Green Spirit, Power Red and Black Sapphire.

Vauxhall Astras gained by police force

A police force has received the first of 27 Vauxhall Astra models, with a turnkey arrangement meaning that the vehicle arrived almost fully ready to hit the road.

Vauxhall has supplied the vehicles to West Yorkshire Police Force, with the first of the number being delivered earlier in the year from the GM UK Special Vehicles Centre at Millbrook in Bedfordshire.

However, in the past the force has been responsible for finishing off the vehicles themselves in terms of the overall look of the car.

This time, the force only had to fit their radios and number plates as they arrived already complete with a siren, an LED flashing lightbar and a Battenberg livery thanks to the arrangement.

Steve Thompson, head of transport for West Yorkshire Police, said: "I’m impressed with the quality of the work done at Millbrook, with everything well placed and secured in the vehicle."

According to Vauxhall, the Astra will "rekindle" a person’s passion for driving thanks to its great style, efficient engines and innovative features.

Vauxhall Astra TwinTop is one of the ‘prettiest’ convertibles

With many motorists in the UK often choosing to own a convertible over a hard-top car, the Vauxhall Astra TwinTop is among the prettiest on the market, according to one writer.

Jason Dawe states in a review of the vehicle for the Times that the fact that the Astra has a three-part folding metal roof instead of the more common two-piece is a reason for this.

Meanwhile, motorists can either drop their top or keep the rain out at the push of a button, while with the roof down some 440 litres of luggage space is available to be filled.

A choice of three petrol engines or a diesel offering may also appeal to prospective buyers, with Mr Dawe recommending that the 1.8-litre petrol is possibly the best buy.

This is because the 1.6-litre petrol struggles with its "kerb weight", while the 2.0-litre offering is too quick for a vehicle meant for a "sunny Sunday jaunt".

Overall, Mr Dawe highlights that the Astra TwinTop is "balanced and good to drive", while being an inexpensive introduction into the world of convertible motoring.

Motorists interested in the vehicle will also have the choice of ten colours including Iceberg, Royal Blue and Power Red.

Vauxhall Astra up there in the image stakes

With many motorists basing their choice of car decisions on its appearance, the new Vauxhall Astra could be set to do exceptionally well, a reviewer believes.

Malcolm Robertshaw states in the Dumfries and Galloway Standard that the previous Astra was the first car in the range to turn heads.

However, he reveals that the new Astra has upped the ante further with the three-door Sport Hatch SXi fairing "even better in the image stakes".

Part of the new appearance, according to Mr Robertshaw, is the inclusion of short overhangs at the front and rear, which provides "a much leaner look".

Meanwhile, a lower suspension helps to give the car a "low, purposeful stance on the tarmac".

Furthermore, Mr Robertshaw indicates that both drivers and passengers benefit from good all-round headroom and the boot is not a bad shape and size.

He concludes with the opinion that the Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch SXi is "a handsome looker, well built and decently kitted out".

The Vauxhall Astra is available in colours including Metro Blue, Sovereign Silver and Black Sapphire.

Vauxhall Astra retains heritage

The heritage of Vauxhall has not been forgotten in the latest Vauxhall Astra range, according to one reviewer.

Writing for icLiverpool, Ian Johnson states that the Vauxhall Astra SXi 1.7 CDTi "is packed with many styling reminders of Vauxhall’s past".

Meanwhile, Mr Johnson adds that the vehicle’s steering is "extremely responsive", which means that motorists can benefit from a "supple ride and nimble cornering".

Furthermore, drivers will witness more than enough interior space, while Mr Johnson declares both the amount of boot space and headroom to be good.

He continues that drivers will also profit from solid all-round visibility, with the car maintaining "all the core values of the original Astra" but remaining up to date with the manufacturer’s latest style.

Mr Johnson concludes with the suggestion that if the manufacturer manages to replicate the current Astra when a new model is released next year, they will have done a fine job.

According to Vauxhall, the Astra has great style and innovative features.

Vauxhall Astra staff team-building with Lego

In a bid to support the staff working on the new Vauxhall Astra, the manufacturer recently set up a team-building exercise to make a toy fire engine from Lego, it has been reported.

The News of the World recently stated that the cash-strapped manufacturer is using some of its £8.7 million government grant to fund the idea.

Meanwhile, seminars are also being given on drawing farmyard animals and completing dot-to-dot exercises as part of the process, the publication indicated.

However, not everyone has been left impressed by the way in which the manufacturer has opted to spend taxpayers’ money.

The newspaper reported that one worker at the Ellesmere Port plant in Merseyside was in rage that he was playing kids games and said "we’re car makers, not toy makers".

Tory MP David Davies even added: "I can’t see how making Lego can train you to build an Astra."

The new Astra will be built from September, with the most recent model being available to buyers in a range of colours including Olympic White, Pannacotta and Sovereign Silver.

Vauxhall Astra ideal for city driving

A first-time car buyer looking for a vehicle that will be ideal for city driving, while also being comfortably able to deal with the occasional cross country trip, has been told to consider a used Vauxhall Astra.

Writing for the Independent, James Ruppert highlights that the Astra gives the driver space and comfort and can be obtained at a cheap price.

He reveals that the previous generation Vauxhall Astra can be picked up for around £2,000 and will offer her enough space to store shopping, pick up friends and fit in "bulky luggage".

Furthermore, he states that although the vehicle is predominantly to be used for city driving, this does not mean that a small car needs to be bought.

With parking spaces being of a certain size, Mr Ruppert concludes that a small family car is a good compromise because "you may as well be comfortable in a bigger car if you are going to be in a traffic jam anyway".

A "supple ride and composed handling" is offered by the Astra Hatchback, according to a review of the vehicle by What Car?.

Vauxhall Astra fans should head to Germany

Motorists who enjoy driving a used Vauxhall Astra may be interested to hear that a new model in the range has been unearthed in Germany.

A new version of the Astra has been spotted at a testing facility for General Motors in Germany, prior to it going on sale towards the end of this year.

Updates to the back of the vehicle can be seen for the first time, with the Astra seeing changes to its rear lights, alongside the shape of its rear window.

Autocar states that the Vauxhall Astra’s all-new chassis should "offer greater refinement and better handling".

Further changes follow aspects that have already proved successful in the Vauxhall Insignia, such as work done to the dash and centre console.

According to the TV show Top Gear, the car will perfectly suit a motorist simply looking to cover the basics.

It states that "the seats are excellent", "the basic structure of the car feels solid" and the vehicle is "fun to drive".