Fifth Generation Astra Shows New Dynamic Design

The New Astra


Vauxhall today released the first details of its fifth generation Astra range – dynamic looking, fun to drive and with a host of features new to the compact cars class.

  • Five-door is first variant of fifth generation model range
  • Adaptive, electronic IDSPlus suspension system
  • Continuous Damping Control (CDC)
  • Common rail turbo-diesels up to 150 hp
  • Petrol engine power up to 200 hp

The new model goes on sale next spring and will first be seen at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September.

The technological highlights of the fifth generation Astra include the adaptive suspension system IDSPlus (Interactive Driving System) with Continuous Damping Control (CDC).

Lighting First

Vauxhall’s new AFL (Adaptive Forward Lighting) headlamp system, is offered for the first time in the Astra-size segment.

More state of the art engineering is illustrated with automatic headlamp activation, which switches the car’s lights on automatically in the dark, and new TWINPORT petrol and common rail turbo-diesel engines.

The new Astra offers more passenger space than its predecessor, thanks to its slightly increased overall dimensions (around 5.5 in/14 cm longer, 1 inch/2 cm wider and 4 cm/1.6 in higher).

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Published 16 July 2003 Melanie Carter

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