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Opel Astra J/Vauxhall Astra Mk VI. 2009 to date (prod. unknown). 4- and 5-door saloon, 5-door estate, 3-door coupé. F/F, 1248, 1686, 1956 cm³ diesel, 1364, 1398, 1598 cm³ petrol (4 cyl. DOHC). New Astra, with styling cues from successful Insignia, though less advanced under the skin. Watts linkage at rear, rather than independent rear suspension, due to budget limits at troubled GM, though Opel has made the rest of the car feel more premium and refined. Large and roomy for its segment. Electronic damping helps ride, which is a strong suit. Though initially built in the UK only, the Opels were launched a week ahead of the Vauxhalls, on December 4, 2009. Sport Tourer from 2010. Exported to China with a new grille, as Buick Excelle XT. GTC coupé from 2011, four-door (really an Opel version of the Buick Excelle (2010–) from 2012.

Manufacturing locations: Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, England; Gliwice, Poland

Marque: Opel | Model: Opel Astra | Predecessor: Opel Astra H

q.v. Opel Cascada

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