GTC – moderately interesting, OPC – yes please!
seriously, i drive an Opel Vectra GTS – 0-100 7.4s (auto) – top speed 248kms (electronically limited) – and it weighs about 200kg more than the Astra and deivers torque at higher rpm – I think 132 is ample – for a lot of fun. The improvement of the extra KWs is marginal and probably needs signigficant skill and a track to appreciate it
How is a jump from 132kw’s to 206 kw’s “marginal”? It should bring the 0-100 sprint down to low or mid 5.0s and that would mean it would see off your car in anything but “marginal” fashion even with the extra weight!
Seriously only a P Plater would need a car that goes from 0-100 in less than 6s. Consider!
Nice looking car but Euro prices are just nuts!!
I wonder how it’s reliability will be i use to own an astra and it was constantly at holden getting fixed,never again!
…and yet friend of mine has still got his and it’s been fantastic.
I had a lemon Astra…nice looking,nice to drive,felt good,but shocking reliability and build quality.
I also said never again,and have since had a VW and Honda,bith much better INHO
We had a Lemon AH Astra, the car spent so much time being repaired under warranty that they had to extend the factory warranty.
Then my partner’s mother has a TS Astra, was perfect till about 5yrs and 70,000km when everything has started to go wrong. Electrical gremlins in particular.
My Astra was a TS CD sedan,loved it at first,as it felt good,a bit like a VW actually,looked great,and lovely to drive.
First 2 and a half years were great,then everything started to go wrong,patriculatly electrical gremlins.
Sound familiar ??/
I find that most people with Astra problems (not all) tend to take their cars to non-holden mechanics. Had a Vectra (had 3 actually) – developed an electrical problem that could not be fixed even by Holden. I did my own research and told the holden mech what to replace. Went on to do another 200k on that car virtually trouble free. Also ensured that I got the Tbelts replaced on time.
Another AH Lemon Astra here, full holden dealer service history with prompt service intervals. I also consider myself a habitual oil checker and car maintainer. Had so many problems early on and throughout the warranty.
Then there were the annoying things like the silly indicator stalks with a press that never felt right, the rubber steering wheel slider controls that wore out quickly, the annoying stereo with no aux input or mp3 capability (being impossible to change without ruining the look of the dash or losing the trip computer), the fog lights that cracked if anything sneezed at them, the horribly badder than normal understeer and atrocious lack of front end grip. Something about the chassis of the AH coupe just never felt ‘right’ – oddly the 5 door courtesy cars I’d get on occasion felt like they handled a little better!
Upgraded to an Alfa Giulietta last year – at the 10,000k mark against my old Astra for the same k’s the Alfa is so far smashing it on reliability with zero trips back to the dealer. Who’d have thought?
The first line of the article is absurd. How could a 3-door GTC Astra possibly be a threat to the Cruze? The two cars are targeting completely different demographics.
You forgot to include the Megane RS250…
I really dont see how the Astra GTC or OPC are a threat to the Cruze range in any way. They target completely different parts of the small car market. The regular Astra range will probably take some sales away from Golf and Focus when it does come out though.
True. Kia and Hyundai will take sales away from Holden instead as they are priced about the same but have 5 year warranties.
Opel need a 4 door sedan in the Astra range,not 2 door coupes for volume sales…
i was going to buy a opel opc, but i brought a mk6 golf gti, i feel im much better off, had it now for 2 weeks and feels alot better than my old ah astra sri 2.2
Of course. A VW is a better quality car than an Opel. Most Europeans will tell you that.
Like some one already mentioned Opel’s are crap. But for Aussies they are premium brand.
Is that because they are better than what’s available in the Aus market? Where do you import your car from?
Actually I think VW is the most successful marketing con ever played on the Aus public. Built in South Africa most VW owners think they are driving a Euro built car!
Ohhhhh a Hot-hatch Auto Driver….
Auto Hot-hatch what’s the Point? Have fun on the tight corners.
Enjoy your new car.
also its never going to rival a golf r or anything like that because all opel can do is release it with a manual box…. already cutting their market by 2/3′s… gm are fools make these in dsg and you will sell 15’000 in aus by 2015
Hmm. I come from Europe. Over there, Opel does not have a great name and is known to be the lowest quality of all German car brands. Well, Opel is General Motors and pretty much the same as its sister brands Holden and Vauxhall. Opel is only kind of German, just as Holden is kind of Australian. I don’t really comprehend GM’s approach to introduce Opel to Australia, UNLESS of course they had a long-term plan to phase out Holden…Who knows.
Unless GM can price their Opel cars in Australia REALLY well against the Japanese and Koreans, it would be plain silly to buy one of the all-time lowest rated car brands of Europe…
Anything Europe is held in high regards here for the “average” Australian. Why do you think VW is looked at as a (sub)-luxury brand?
Australian’s have a rose coloured view of Europe, they think that everything that comes from there is premium.
Basically if Opel sells the exact same cars Holden were selling, they can charge a lot more for it because ‘it’s European’.
In Germany, only VW outsell Opel. In the UK Opel outsells VW nearly 2-1
The insignia:In Great Britain the Insignia was the uncontested bestseller from January to June 2011 in the tough upper mid-size class segment. The five-door hatchback variant is number one in its category in Europe and in the important markets Germany and Great Britain
I can’t wait for the Astra GTC. I have owned an Opel Tigra for 8 years now, it’s a 2005 model with 150,000km on the clock. I have not had a single problem, mechanically or otherwise.
It is true that the old Holden variants of Opels did have some issues, like any car. Look at the cars recalled last year, almost the entire Honda range, and look at the debacle that saw Toyota having issues with its cars having the ability to stop. From whatever nation the car comes from or the brand, all cars have issues. For those who whine at this fact, perhaps they should buy a horse and cart, or a bicycle, but those break down too… Get over it!
The reason that Opel will have to charge a more premium price than what Holden did is because of the import / export tariffs, hence why many car companies have their cars built in Thailand due to the free trade agreement. Holden lost money on the Opel cars it sold, hence why the import of Opels ceased, and the Cruze was born, where it can be produced in a more cost effective way, and the cars only had to travel a smaller route to get to Australia.
Either way, Opel has my money, my car has been very reliable, and is still an eye catcher 8 years on!
i have a 2005 AH coupe with 195,000ks and whats gone wrong nothing, and still looks good, i be happy when Opel are back in Australia so i can replace with another
Interestingly, I’m in France at the moment and saw the Chevrolet Cruze advertised for 11,990 Euros which is about $14800
nterestingly, I’m in France at the moment and saw the new Chevrolet Cruze advertised on TV last night for 11,990 Euros which is about $14800
this is a direct take on the new Renault super megane hot hatch. looks good, but styling cues are not original.
The Astra and Megane were introduced within a few months of each other. I doubt there’s any intentional copying.
Hopefully GM will also reverse its decision to sell Cadillac and Corvette in Australia.
The 1978 Commodore was not a rebadged Opel Rekord. It used the Rekord body from the firewall back married to the Opel Senator bonnet to accomodate the Holden 6 cylinder motor.