General Motors decided in 2009 to keep Opel despite the fact that all the guys surrounding the company screamed like hell that the German manufacturer must be sold as soon as possible. And although it negotiated with interested bidders for several months and German officials even stepped in and expressed their support for a possible transaction, GM said a definite “no” to Magna International, choosing to restructure the German brand with its very own financial resources.
The first two models supposed to bring Opel back on the floating line were Insignia and Astra, both of which bring a new design language that's likely to be followed by many other concepts that could enter production in the upcoming years. Ampera is just one of them, as Opel makes the final touches to its green product lineup plan.
The good thing about the Astra is that it has what it takes to become a serious contender in the compact class: a powerful engine, a pretty nice exterior design and new interior lines that bring it closer to the Insignia.
The bad is that you won't get too many features unless you're ready to pay some extra cash for them. Many of the systems most of us find mandatory are only available on the options list and, just like the other vehicles in the class, could become a lot more expensive as you add more equipment.
There's no ugly in the new Astra and probably the way Opel came to this point is by paying more attention to details. New materials here and there, sportier lines and more modern shapes turn the Astra into a handsome hatchback.Continue reading