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With Ford getting ready for the new Focus and spyshots appearing of the new Volkswagen Golf VI, everyone has been asking what the heck is Opel doing to their Astra range?

Well we have the first pictures to show you Opel is hard at work. The Opel (Holden) Astra is expected to show up at next year’s Geneva Motor Show in March 2009. Our European photographers snapped the first spy-shots of the new car undergoing cold-weather testing in northern Finland this weekend.

2009 Opel (Holden) Astra spy photos

Despite the car’s irritating disguise, the new profile, the front fascia and the massive rear bumper with the parted taillights are visible.

2009 Opel (Holden) Astra spy photos

While we can’t say anything to the shape of the three-door model yet, it seems to be clear the five-door version will again get the current model’s sloping roof line plus the trapezoidal-shaped c-post.

2009 Opel (Holden) Astra spy photos

Apart from the 5-door model pictured here, Opel has an estate (“Caravan”), a convertible (“Twin Top”) and the 3-door (“GTC”) in the pipeline, all following the 5-doors introduction one by one.

2009 Opel (Holden) Astra spy photos

The European engine range will be similar to that used in today’s cars (75- to 240-bhp petrol units; 90- to 150-bhp diesels – Australian specifications are far from finalised).






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