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Opel Astra OPC Extreme : 224kW-plus hot-hatch revealed

It looks more racecar than road car, but the street-legal Opel Astra OPC Extreme is set for a low-volume production run. Debuting at next week’s Geneva motor show, the Astra OPC Extreme claims the title of the fastest front-wheel-drive Opel in history...

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Holden Astra set to return to Australia alongside new Euro line-up
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Holden Astra set to return to Australia alongside new Euro line-up

Holden will switch its import line-up from the current US-based, South Korean-built cars back to European-based Opel models in time for a next-generation model renewal, a General Motors executive has revealed...


Opel Astra GTC Sport: new engine, new gearbox for $36,990
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Opel Astra GTC Sport: new engine, new gearbox for $36,990

An updated Opel Astra GTC Sport will be here in July, debuting a new turbocharged engine and automatic transmission. Fitted with Opel’s all-new 1.6-litre four-cylinder SIDI (spark ignition direct injection) Turbo engine and tied to a six-speed automatic transmission for the first time, the $36,990 Opel Astra GTC Sport auto is $2000 dearer than the existing six-speed manual variant, which curiously uses the carry-over engine...


Opel Astra GTC: new 1.6-litre turbo petrol here next month
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Opel Astra GTC: new 1.6-litre turbo petrol here next month

An Opel Astra GTC variant powered by a new 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine promising more torque and improved efficiency is set to arrive in Australia next month. Following the engine's debut in the Opel Cascada, Opel has announced the all-new 1.6-litre four-cylinder SIDI (spark ignition direct injection) Turbo engine will now power the front wheels of the three-door Opel Astra GTC hatchback...


Opel Astra OPC v Renault Megane RS265: Comparison Review
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Opel Astra OPC v Renault Megane RS265: Comparison Review

Words: Daniel DeGasperi. Photos: Alex Bryden / David Zalstein. Opel Astra OPC versus Renault Megane RS is the ultimate example of challenger attacking, champion defending. But the French know, arrogantly but correctly, that the Megane RS has long been the benchmark sub-$50,000 hot hatch – when the model was upgraded from RS250 to RS265 last year, the press release was titled “the best just got better”...


Opel Astra OPC Video Review
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Opel Astra OPC Video Review

CarAdvice heads to the racetrack in the most powerful Astra ever built.


2013 Opel Astra OPC Review

2013 Opel Astra OPC Review

After only six months on Australian shores, German wunderkind Opel reckons its all-new Opel Astra OPC is primed to take a commanding slice of the nation’s fiercely competitive hot-hatch market. It’s got its work cut out for it – priced at a bullish $42,990 plus on-road costs, the Astra OPC is already dearer than the coveted Renault Megane RS265 ($42,640), as well as much-loved rivals the Volkswagen Golf GTI ($38,990) and Ford Focus ST ($38,290)...

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Opel Astra OPC: pricing and specifications
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Opel Astra OPC: pricing and specifications

The Opel Astra OPC has landed in Australia, with the German performance car becoming the latest model to join the ultra-competitive hot-hatch scene. The Opel Astra OPC is the quickest and most powerful vehicle ever to wear the Astra badge, with its 206kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine capable of launching the racy three-door front-wheel drive from 0-100km/h in 6...


Opel launches high-performance OPC range in Australia
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Opel launches high-performance OPC range in Australia

Opel Australia has beefed up its line-up with the launch of its high-performance OPC (Opel Performance Centre) range of cars including the Corsa OPC, Astra OPC and Insignia OPC. The OPC variants will sit above the regular Opel versions, commanding significantly higher prices and assuming range-topping status...


Opel Astra OPC to race, Adam to rally in 2013
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Opel Astra OPC to race, Adam to rally in 2013

Opel will return to motorsport in 2013 with a two-pronged attack spearheaded by the rally-bound Adam city car and the track-focused Astra OPC. Initially targeting European enthusiasts, Opel has prepared a rally version of the Opel Adam specified to FIA R2 standards, to compete in the inaugural ADAC Opel Rally Cup from 2013, which falls under the broader ADAC Rally Masters series...


2013 Opel Astra GTC: minor facelift for compact coupe
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2013 Opel Astra GTC: minor facelift for compact coupe

The 2013 Opel Astra GTC has been spied undergoing testing in Europe, with black plastic camouflage disguising a new front-end design for the updated compact coupe. Our latest spy shots reveal the facelifted Opel Astra GTC three-door will feature a larger front grille similar to that of the mid-sized Insignia, as well as a redesigned lower grille and front side air intakes...


Opel Astra OPC hot-hatch priced at $42,990
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Opel Astra OPC hot-hatch priced at $42,990

A price tag of $42,990 has been announced for the Opel Astra OPC hot-hatch at the 2012 Sydney motor show. The range-topping version of the Astra small car goes on sale in February 2013. It's relatively sharp pricing for a model that with a power output of 206kW trumps rivals such as the slightly cheaper 155kW Volkswagen Golf GTI and 184kW Ford Focus ST, the similarly priced 195kW RenaultSport Megane and the more expensive 188kW Volkswagen Scirocco R...


Opel Astra OPC hot-hatch confirmed for Australia
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Opel Astra OPC hot-hatch confirmed for Australia

The Opel Astra OPC hot-hatch has been confirmed for Australia and will make its local public debut at the 2012 Sydney motor show. The most powerful version of the Astra yet has been expected given that Opel is focusing on the Astra nameplate’s recognition to build the profile of the German brand in Australia...


Opel Astra OPC Review

Opel Astra OPC Review

The Opel Astra OPC is anticipated to become the first Opel Performance Centre model to arrive in our showrooms, and if confirmed would be out to give the Volkswagen Scirocco R and Renault Megane RS a stir. If you’re thinking that OPC must be like the German maker’s equivalent of HSV, then you’re dead right. It’s been building hot Opels since 1997...

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Opel Astra pricing and specifications revealed
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Opel Astra pricing and specifications revealed

General Motors' European brand Opel has released Australian pricing and specifications for the Opel Astra that brings a famous nameplate back to the local small-car segment. The Opel Astra is spearheading the brand’s entry into Australia after decades of many of its models being rebadged as Holdens...


Opel Astra GTC: pricing and specifications revealed
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Opel Astra GTC: pricing and specifications revealed

The Opel Astra GTC, the eye-catching act of the GM Europe brand's new Australian range, is priced from $28,990. The GTC is a sportier, three-door coupe/hatch version of the popular small car that returns to the local market for the first time since 2009. At 4466mm the Opel Astra GTC is 47mm longer than the five-door Astra hatch, and it's also 7mm wider but 21mm lower for a sportier stance...


Opel Astra Review
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Opel Astra Review

Opel Astra. The badge will be unfamiliar to most but certainly not the nameplate. Nearly 250,000 Astras have been sold in Australia over the decades, when at times it was the second-best-selling Holden after the Commodore. It was still an Opel Astra then, rebadged for this market, but now the model returns as the ace up the sleeve for the Australian launch of General Motors’ European division...

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$23,990 to $35,990

Opel Astra: update revealed before September launch
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Opel Astra: update revealed before September launch

The updated Opel Astra has been revealed ahead of the brand's Australian launch in September. Opel Australia has confirmed the launch of the refreshed Astra hatch, GTC coupe and wagon will coincide with their introduction in the brand's domestic market in Germany...


Opel Astra sedan: first look at small four-door
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Opel Astra sedan: first look at small four-door

The first official details and images of the Opel Astra sedan have been revealed ahead of the compact four-door's unveiling at the 2012 Moscow auto salon in August. The sedan becomes the fourth body style in the Astra line-up, following the five-door hatch, three-door GTC coupe and the Sports Tourer wagon...


UK secures 2015 Opel Astra production; future of German plants unclear
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UK secures 2015 Opel Astra production; future of German plants unclear

The next-generation Vauxhall/Opel Astra will be produced exclusively in the UK and Poland, leaving the future of two German plants under a cloud. General Motors confirmed overnight it would invest £125 million ($199 million) in Britain's Ellesmere Port assembly plant to upgrade it with the latest manufacturing equipment and prepare it for production of the new model, which is scheduled to begin in 2015...


2012 Vauxhall Astra VXR: performance credentials revealed
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2012 Vauxhall Astra VXR: performance credentials revealed

The new Vauxhall Astra VXR will put its class-leading 400Nm of torque to good use, with the British division of General Motors confirming the hot-hatch will launch from 0-100km/h in under six seconds. To achieve its 5.9-second sprint time, the Astra VXR combines a 206kW/400Nm turbocharged 2...


Opel Astra sedan spy shots
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Opel Astra sedan spy shots

Our spy photographers have captured the Opel Astra sedan undergoing testing near the Nurburgring in Germany ahead of its anticipated unveiling later this year. As the images reveal, the new Astra sedan shares its basic styling features with the Astra hatch launched in Europe in 2009...


Opel Astra Cabriolet spy shots
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Opel Astra Cabriolet spy shots

Our spy photographers have captured images of an early prototype of the fourth-generation Opel Astra Cabriolet undergoing winter testing in Europe. The prototype is heavily camouflaged, although it’s obvious from the headlights, grille and taillights that the soft-top is based on the existing Astra hatch. Don’t despair if the ill-fitting tent-like roof doesn’t appeal...


Opel Astra GTC joins Australian launch range
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Opel Astra GTC joins Australian launch range

The locally built Holden Cruze is set to face further pressure from within after Opel Australia today confirmed it would expand its Opel Astra range with the GTC three-door hatchback variant. Opel is also hoping to introduce the Astra OPC hot-hatch, which will debut at March’s 2012 Geneva motor show, as it targets aggressive sales growth with the nameplate already well established in Australia by its sister General Motors brand...


2012 Opel Astra OPC: The hottest Astra ever
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2012 Opel Astra OPC: The hottest Astra ever

The all-new 2012 Opel Astra OPC coupe will be the fastest and most powerful production Astra in history when it goes on sale in Europe around the middle of next year. Powered by a 2.0-litre direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine, the 2012 Astra OPC will produce 206kW of power and 400Nm of torque. Those figures position the Astra OPC well ahead of the Renault Megane R...


Opel OPC, Astra GTC sports models under consideration for Australia
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Opel OPC, Astra GTC sports models under consideration for Australia

The hottest models in Opel’s European model line-up could be headed to Australia, with the local branch’s new chief admitting they are under serious consideration for our market.   Opel Australia managing director, Bill Mott, said Australia’s newest car brand was acutely aware that Australian motorists appreciated hot hatches and true driver’s cars...


Opel Australia reveals Corsa, Astra, Insignia details for 2012
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Opel Australia reveals Corsa, Astra, Insignia details for 2012

Opel Australia’s new managing director has shed more light on the brand’s initial launch range, and the good news is there will be plenty of choice for light, small and medium car shoppers. Opel Australia chief Bill Mott confirmed the Corsa, Astra and Insignia were all on track for launch in the second half of next year, expected to take place from late in the third quarter or sometime in the final quarter of 2012...


2013 Opel Astra Cabriolet teaser and spy shots
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2013 Opel Astra Cabriolet teaser and spy shots

Opel has released an early teaser image of the upcoming Opel Astra Cabriolet. At the same time, the company has also been spotted testing a prototype version of the new drop-top. From the teaser image we can see the car will retain its accommodating rear seats and be based on the new sporty three-door shape...


2012 Opel Astra GTC revealed
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2012 Opel Astra GTC revealed

Opel has revealed the all-new Opel Astra GTC in Europe. According to the company, it will be the most dynamic car in its class when it hits the market towards the end of this year. The GTC will rival the likes of the Renault Megane Coupe and the Volkswagen Scirocco, with its three-door coupe layout, based on the five-door Astra...


Vauxhall Astra VXR Opel GTC to be developed by Lotus
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Vauxhall Astra VXR Opel GTC to be developed by Lotus

Lotus has a long history with GM brands such as Vauxhall and Opel. After tuning cars like the Vauxhall VX220 and the Vauxhall Carlton, which was even badged as the Lotus Carlton, reports are now confirming Lotus is putting in huge efforts towards tuning the upcoming Vauxhall Astra VXR/Opel GTC...