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Opel Astra
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Replacement for Opel Kadett. The first Astra was still based on the Kadett E platform. The name was meant to unite the British Vauxhall and German Opel small car ranges under a single nameplate that worked in different European languages. The UK had already named its 1980 T-car replacement the Vauxhall Astra—this was the Opel Kadett D elsewhere. However, the Kadett designations continued: the first Astra was not the Astra A, but the Astra F, following on from the Kadett E. The Astra name generally stood for well engineered, middle-of-the-road European saloons and estates, but the G generation introduced a two-door sports’ shape, which was continued with the H.

The name change in the F generation was not universal: South Africa hung on to the Kadett name for that.

Marque: Opel | Predecessor: Opel Kadett | Successor: Opel Cascada


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