The 2018 Opel Astra is a compact / small family car designed and manufactured by the German automaker Opel since 1991. Astra is named after Vauxhall Astra in the UK and Buick Excelle XT in China. The Holden Astra was abandoned in Australia and New Zealand in 2009, as exchange rates made the car not competitive and were replaced by Holden Cruze. Astra briefly returned to the Australian market in 2012, first qualified as Opel, but was abandoned after Opel left the country a year later. On May 1, 2014, Opel announced that Astra GTC and Astra VXR (Astra OPC) would return to Australia and New Zealand in 2015, again holding the Holden badge.
Opel launched a new 2018 Astra at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015. The Astra K is smaller and lighter than the Astra J. Although it is smaller on the outside, Opel says it is larger. Inside the previous Astra J. Depending on the model and the level of finish, it can reach 200 kilograms, at least 120 kilograms, lighter than its predecessor.
All-new vehicle architecture plays an important role in weight reduction. Each component was verified by a compact design and light materials. The weight of the hull was only reduced by 20 percent from 357 to 280 kilograms. Additional measures related to the chassis resulted in an additional weight reduction of 50 kilograms; These include high strength, ultra high strength lightweight steels, compact sub-chassis and weight reductions on the front and rear axles. The rear suspension is a torsion bar and the McPherson struts are in the front.
For 2018 Opel Astra available engines are 3-cylinder gasoline engines, 4-cylinder petrol engines, and 1.6-liter diesel engines. It will be available with new techniques of LED front lights, a screen on the dash that connects to Android or iPhone comes standard. This system is already available in both Corsa E and Adam.
2018 Opel Astra Market
The Opel Astra is also available in Australasia with a Holden, first in New Zealand in 1995, then in Australia in 1996. The first models were imported from the UK, but newer models were imported from Belgium. The name Holden Astra had already been used in the renamed models of Nissan Pulsar from 1984 to 1989.
The first generation Opel Astra was exported to Brazil since December 1994 under the name of Chevrolet Astra, due to lower import duties. General Motors do Brasil sent the United Kingdom the engines of 115 liters of 2.0 liters, from where the finished automobiles took the way to Brazil. In February 1996, the Brazilian government again modified the import tariff from 20% to 70%, making the car prohibitive and causing its cancellation after a little more than a year in the market. Instead, the Kadett built locally was upgraded. The second generation of Astra was manufactured in Brazil.
2018 Opel Astra Engines
The engines are available with the 5-speed or 6-speed manual transmission and the new semi-automatic EasyTronic 3.0 5-speed that is only available for the SIDI 1.0T engine. The only other automatic transmission available at the beginning of production is the 6-speed with the active selection that can be ordered at the end of 2015 for the 1.4 SIDI Turbo with 150 hp and 1.6 CDTI with 136 hp. Buyers can choose the Start / Stop system for all engines as an additional feature, except the 1.0T that will have the serial system.
All engines are new and have recently been developed by Opel – 1.0T SIDI, 1.4T SIDI (which sees its debut in the Astra K in 2015) and the natural suction version Whisper Diesel ” 1.6 CDTI All turbocharged gasoline engines use the direct injection system.
Opel offers the ecoFLEX range for 1.0T, 1.4T and 1.6 CDTI engines that have the same power, but with lower CO2 emissions (g / km) and lower fuel consumption. The entire ecoFLEX range comes standard with standard start / stop tires, low rolling resistance tires and aerodynamic adjustments to reduce drag and reduce CO2 emissions. The 1.4T SIDI ecoFLEX version has a lower torque, rated at 230 N.m at 2,000-4,000 RPM, and the 1.0T ecoFLEX version is only available with the EasyTronic 3.0 semiautomatic transmission is standard for 2018 Opel Astra models.