• Nov 5th 2006 at 1:04PM
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The big deal about the new Opel Astra sedan we told you about earlier last month is that it does, in fact, have a full, traditional derriere (all the other Astras have hatches). The Astra With A Real Trunk made its formal debut Saturday at the Istanbul Motor show, and the whole presentation was about the car's butt. So much so that when the Astra Sedan was announced to those gathered around the Opel display, it backed onto the stage. You know, just in case people forgot what a trunk looks like. Ok, we kid. The fact is, that notchback body with trunk is the thing that sets the Astra sedan apart from its siblings, so why not lead with it?

Naturally, GM surrounded it with bikini-clad dancing girls, ensuring that all eyes in the room would be aimed in the car's direction even if they weren't necessarily analyzing the car.

The Astra Sedan will be produced in Poland and be sold primarily to the Eastern European market, where that traditional bodystyle is more popular than the hatches favored in other regions. I still believe that, given the American consumer's taste for sedans, we'll see this in some form here in the US after GM brings the Astra over to kick Saturn's current Ion to the curb.

(Press release, additional photos after the jump)

[Source: GM]

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The world's first reverse reveal

Opel is backing up new Astra sedan

Istanbul. Opel is back into the compact sedan market. And it backed up its new entry, the Astra Sedan, at its world premiere at the Istanbul motor show yesterday with two company firsts: General Motors has never before premiered a new car in Turkey. And it never before drove it on stage in reverse. Friedhelm Engler, chief designer compact cars at General Motors Design Europe, said climbing out of the back seat of the Astra: "We are back in the market of compact sedans with the new Astra. And its back is what it's all about. It gives ample space for the luggage of a family of five and shows the versatility of the Astra architecture." Standing back to back to the new car, Engler also explained: "Using the longer wheelbase Astra Caravan as base, the new Astra Sedan also has lots of legroom in the back, as I just experienced."

The Astra sedan will be produced in Gliwice, Poland, an ideal location to serve the Central and Eastern European markets for which the car has been primarily developed. The new model features a range of two gasoline and two diesel engines with output between 90 and 140 hp, and will go on sale in autumn 2007.

Notchback sedans are highly sought after in these strong, thriving markets. 67 percent of Turkish customers who purchase a compact class car, for example, choose a notchback model. In Russia, this figure is 65 percent and in Poland and South-East Europe the total is around 15 percent.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      When I was on vacation in Aruba last week, I spotted the same exact car labeled a Chevy Vectra. Up close and personal, the Vectra looked like a smaller Malibu. It was defintely an improvement over the Cobalt or the fugly ION, so if GM is planning on bringing it here, I think it would make for a wonderful ION replacement that I'd seriously consider purchasing as my second car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think the Volkswagen Jetta is a much classier car.
      I have owned 4 Jettas...2 in South Africa...1 in America...and a brand new one in Australia.
      I have owned 2 Astras...1 in South Africa and 1 in Australia...both sedans...and have just sold my 2001 model because of endless problems.
      I will never buy another GM product again.
      VW sold 536000 new Jettas last year
      • 8 Years Ago
      #9 First of all i own a Civic LX, second of all i compared it to every car out there, no American car came in close as far as Quality goes NOT ONE. Secondly i like good fuel economy, third i like the way it feels inside, fourth it is loaded with airbags, price was good, and may i say my dark Blue Civic LX looks better and Sexier than anything offered by Chevy.

      Also i like the CAR as a whole, i could not care less about HP, or tourque or RWD or AWD----i bough Civic because it is a GREAT car. Not too big, not too small, and offers me everything i want.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is the Brazilian Vectra
      • 8 Years Ago
      #11 (Tom W)
      I don't know where've you been but Turkish people have been there for the last 80 or so years and didn't miss out a thing. Could you please take it easy on confusing a country with muslim people with an Islamic Country already. And please do take a look at this thread about Istanbul, if you're really interested:
      • 8 Years Ago
      We've had that car for YEARS in Australia. The Holden Astra come in sedan, hatch, wagon, convertible, turbo-petrol and turbo-diesel. It's quite popular down here, especially as a cheap convertible. I only wish Ford and GM were smart enough to being the Aussie lineup to the USA. Our cars here a fantastic, much better than the GM/Ford US offerings:

      www.fpv.com.au or www.ford.com.au

      www.hsv.com.au or www.holden.com.au

      The former of the two sets is the 'high performance' versions of the latter sites. No matter what you look at though, it's all very sexy aussie built cars, and each of them should really hit US shores...
      • 8 Years Ago
      #12. #9 First:

      The current 8th generation Honda Civic would be a great car, had it not been for the Starship Enterprise interior. Can't stand it.

      When the Saturn Astra arrives next year, it, along with the VW Rabbit, Mazda3, or the next generation Corolla will be on my shopping list.

      I will have to wait till the 9th generation Civic before stepping back in Honda's dealerships. Hopefully they will not mess things up again with some radical PSP2 instrument panel.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #3 i wrote what i wrote base on this "I still believe that, given the American consumer's taste for sedans, we'll see this in some form here in the US after GM brings the Astra over to kick Saturn's current Ion to the curb."----Read the article.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks dated already
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey #11 (Tom W)
      Ignorance is happiness.
      Keep on livin' like this.
      By the way,I was at the Istanbul Motor Show last weekend,in my opinion the Astra Sedan looks better than VW Jetta and Euro Ford Focus sedan.And it is a C segment car,not a competitor of Camry and Accord.
      I'm Turkish,if that matters...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Here's my question, what is Astra? Is it not large family Sedan? So wouldn't it be in direct competition with Malibu and Impala? Also with Accord and Camry--and i don't think owners of Camry and Accord will swich to Astra.

      So basically Astra will take market share from Malibu and Impala....plus it looks so plain.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey Istanbul, welcome to Western culture!

      Here's a taste of what you've been missing out on.
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