Holden revealed two new Astra models at the 2006 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. The Astra TwinTop retractable hard top convertible and sporty SRi five-door hatch made their Australian debuts on the Holden show stand. Both vehicles, and a new SRi three-door coupe, will be on sale in a months time (December).
The Astra’s are all powered by a 2.2-litre direct injection four-cylinder ECOTEC engine which produces 110kW of peak power and 215Nm of peak torque. Holden says that the improved engine is the first Astra engine to offer variable high-pressure direct fuel injection, enhancing its efficiency compared with multi-point fuel injection systems.
The new releases confirm the AH Astra line-up as one of Australia’s most comprehensive small car ranges. Astra is Holden’s second biggest selling carline behind Commodore. Holden’s Small Car Marketing Manager, Teresa Basile, said there was now an Astra to suit almost everybody.
“Astra has been a very successful nameplate for Holden and we’re confident that the addition of these three new performance models will enhance its popularity,” Ms Basile said.
“The releases are a direct response to the growth in the premium small car market and target an emerging segment of small cars buyers with specific needs.
“The new models deliver European styling, more performance and the balanced handling for which Astra is renowned. Combined with a high level of specification and competitive pricing, we believe they will be a hit in the small car segment.”
The TwinTop brings retractable hard top technology to the small convertible market at an accessible price. Available in either a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, this cutting-edge European import is two cars in one – changing from a sporty coupe to a stylish convertible in just 30 seconds.
The stunning TwinTop has a three-piece retractable hard top allowing the roof to fold tightly, ensuring the rear of the car remains space efficient and in perfect proportion. A functional and stylish vehicle, it has the ability to seat up to four people and boasts 205 litres of storage space when the roof is open and 440 litres when the roof is closed.
As a secure coupe, the Astra TwinTop offers passengers a quiet interior with suppressed wind noise – a disadvantage often associated with soft top convertibles.
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(plus dealer delivery and government charges)
Metallic paint: $360 extra.
On sale: December, 2006.