British carmaker Vauxhall and its German sister brand Opel have teased the next-generation 2022 Astra small hatchback – a car which, had the events of the last five years played out differently, could have made it to Australian showrooms wearing Holden badging.
In 2017, American car giant General Motors sold its European-market Opel and Vauxhall brands to French conglomerate (and owners of Peugeot and Citroen) Groupe PSA – a firm now known as Stellantis, following its merger with the US's FCA.
Full range of 2021 Opel and Vauxhall Mokka twins revealed overseas
Opel and Vauxhall have revealed their petrol and diesel powered variants of the Mokka SUV range, filling out the range alongside the Mokka-e electric version.
Following in the footsteps of the Corsa hatch, the design of internal combustion and electric versions has been kept the same. A design initiative also seen of the related Peugeot 208 hatch and 2008 SUV.
The newest release also adds a slightly sportier GS trim for Opel versions or SRi variant for the Vauxhall range.
Holden Commodore future in doubt as General Motors axes its US twin
The future of the Holden Commodore is in doubt, with insiders claiming it is likely to come to an unceremonious end about 12 months from now, bringing down the curtain on a tumultuous 42-year run.
However, Holden says the Holden Commodore is here to stay despite the shock announcement in the US overnight that its identical twin, the Buick Regal, will be phased out next year due to weak sales driven by a buyer shift to SUVs.
A large Buick crossover has been spied undergoing hot weather testing in southern Europe.
Up front the car sports a prominent set of LED driving lights in the shape of a tipped over L. These lights sit above a wide chrome bar joined to an oversized grille.
The main headlight unit sits lower in the front fascia, and will likely be disguised to some degree. The crossover has smooth flanks, while the rear features a wide chrome bar joining up the two sets of tail-lights.
2021 Opel Astra to be built in Rüsselsheim, will offer electrified model
Opel has announced the next-generation Astra small car will be built at its Rüsselsheim facility in Germany from 2021, also confirming an electrified variant.
Currently, the Astra is assembled at Ellesmere Port in the UK, and Gliwice in Poland – the former supplying Australia’s now-axed Holden Astra Sportwagon, and the latter the source of the Holden Astra hatchback which remains on sale.