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The 2017 Holden Astra sedan will form an important cog in the Australian company's attempts to recover lost ground following the end of local manufacturing. It might just be the sweet spot in the range too.
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2020 Holden Astra range to be trimmed, gain standard kit

Holden will trim back its Astra range for the 2020 model year, as it looks to boost sales in the hotly-contested small car class. Holden wouldn't confirm or deny the revisions, but official dealer documents reveal change is coming for the Lion Brand's rival to the Hyundai i30, Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Golf...

PSA prepared to close Ellesmere Port plant after no-deal Brexit - report

The PSA Group could close the Vauxhall production plant in Ellesmere Port if the UK leaves the European Union with a 'no-deal Brexit'.  Speaking with the Financial Times, PSA Group boss Carlos Tavares said the company already has alternative production site in Southern Europe lined up for the Astra...

Holden Astra RS Black Edition on sale from $27,490 drive-away

Holden Australia has released the limited-run Astra RS Black Edition, on sale now from $27,490 drive-away. Based on the mid-spec RS hatch variant, the Black Edition adds some dark-themed enhancements to the exterior, and is on sale until September 30...

2020 Holden Astra previewed by Opel/Vauxhall facelift

With a new Ford Focus already on sale and the Volkswagen Golf Mark VIII around the corner, the PSA Group has given its Opel and Vauxhall Astra range a freshen up. Externally the differences are slight, with a new grille design incorporating shutters, and redesigned front and rear bumpers being the most obvious changes...

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...

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Holden Astra sedan, Sportwagon axed

Holden has removed the best-selling Astra variant, the sedan, from its line-up, with no clear successor in sight. The slow-selling Sportwagon has also been dropped from the range, although both cars will still appear online and in showrooms while remaining stock is shifted...

Peugeot 308: Rumours of German and UK production not true - UPDATE

The PSA Group, parent to brands including Peugeot, Citroen and Opel, could shake up its production schedule, starting with the next-generation Peugeot 308. UPDATE, 15/5/19: Automotive News Europe has published a new article this morning quoting a PSA spokesperson shutting down rumours of Peugeot 308 production outside of France...

2020 Holden Astra facelift spied

The updated Opel Astra has been spied undergoing testing Germany, wearing a face that's remarkably similar to that of the current car. This latest prototype sports camouflage only on its front fascia and around the tail-lights, indicating the facelift isn't too far from being officially revealed...

2019 Holden Astra drops mid-spec manuals

Holden has quietly introduced some running changes for the MY19 Astra hatchback, headlined by the retirement of certain manual variants and a reduction in colour options. The same model family remains: R, R+, RS and RS-V. However, both the R+ and RS have had their manual options dropped for 2019...