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.

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 : 16/07/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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