• Apr 10th 2009 at 12:59PM
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2010 Opel Astra renderings – Click above for image gallery

What we have here are reported to be official renderings from General Motors of the next-generation Opel Astra line, including the hatchback, high-performance GTC model and wagon, or what the Europeans call the Estate. Due out in Europe as a 2010 model, the redesigned Astra will feature many design cues from the well received mid-size Insignia sedan, including swept back headlamps, concave surfacing and a more soft appearance than the all-angles current Astra. The GTC model also appears to have shape shifted from its current form as a hatchback to a coupe. The profile of the Estate model, meanwhile, gets some extra rear overhang versus the five-door hatch and a forward-tilting D-pillar.

The big question left unanswered is whether or not the new Astra will be seen on this side of the Atlantic. The current Saturn Astra is a direct import from Opel in Europe, but General Motors doesn't plan to supply Saturn with vehicles anymore after its current lineup's lifecycle. That won't happen until around 2012 and the new Astra should be unveiled in Europe later this year, which means there's overlap there. Regardless, GM is likely not willing or able to spend money on importing a car for a brand it has pledged to shed.

[Source: Carscoop]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      dummies. All the work is done on these models. As Obama Motors, get a waiver for federalizing them and bring them over as something, maybe Opels.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Umm... Saturn can import these cars after they are spun off as an independent. They can source product from anywhere and these cars were designed with the North American market in mind. They also fit the brand image already started under GM. It would be up to the group taking over Saturn and the group taking over Opel to decide if they still want to work together outside of what remains of GM. They still can use the world class Saturn retail experience and European tuned Opels. Currency fluctuations could be a major hurdle if the USA keeps pumping out new dollars weakening it against the Euro.

      Either way, bring it over as the car looks fantastic!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Will never come to the US with the Cruze already on its way and remember their will be a hatch version of the Cruze (in europe anyway).
      • 6 Years Ago
      They should ditch the Cruze and sell this instead. It looks much better than the sebring-wannabe. The problem with GM is they terribly marketed the Astra. Just look how well Ford is marketing the Fiesta and how little GM marketed the Saturn Astra.

      If they sold this car here with a Chevy badge on it and marketed it correctly it would be a hit. The problem with GM is they have three different different compact cars! Astra, Cobalt and Vibe. Who knows, I'm probably missing one. I mean, WTF!?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe they could replace the Pontiac G5 with this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks very Vibe like in shape.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks better than the new Mazda3. If GM brings it over, lets not bring it under a DEAD brand, price it right, market it well and give it an engine with a good balance of oopmh and economy. The first US Astra was an unfortunate failure. I thought the 3DR hatch looked sharp.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. Not a dead brand, and not a Chevy, either.

        Chevy can have their Cruze, or however they want to spell it... and their Volt.

        Make these Pontiacs. G3,4, and 5... as the number of doors. G3 being the fastback hatch coupe (rear biased AWD, please?), 4 for the Sedan version, 5 for the pseudo-wagon.

        G6 and G8 can be the mid-size and full size sub-Caddy cars, with a performance bent, and buicks with a near-lux direction.

        Buick and Pontiac could easily be fraternal "twins" with one twin being the athlete, the other being the sophisticate.

        Big sister caddy being the head honcho, and little sister chevy mainstream cars, trucks, and Camaro/Corvette specials.

        If saturn isn't it, and Saab is going away... Pontiac/Buick makes sense, if they are done right.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree, cross! It's much better looking than the new 3. The new 3 is a wreck.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My Astra's interior is not low-rent at all. It's as good as the Rabbit's.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love the fact that everyone complains that GM has too many brands right now but thinks bringing over Opel would be an awesome idea. Nevermind that the astra tanked..grass is always greener I guess, makes me fear for the fiesta and focus...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Maybe they should try and figure out why they can't market cars.

        There is nothing wrong with the astra, aside from perhaps some exchange-rate issues.

        There is nothing inherently wrong with G8 as a full-size car, aside from a detail or two, and lack of manual on the GT, which only applies to a few people anyway.

        Those cars should be selling. Why aren't they? What is selling instead? what are the demographics of people buying who would otherwise be interested in Astra, or Focus, Fiesta, G8, or other cars. Not everyone wants a Camaro, or an SUV.

        So why is GM having it's lunch money stolen every day?

        Maybe they should figure that out, before people say "oh, nobody buys this stuff, let's just quit and give up on it."

        Maybe they should buckle down and do the hard work of actually picking a good moderate number of brands, and then re-building a very focused brand image for each, instead of throwing baloney at the wall, and seeing if it will stick somehow.

        Doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result, even if that same thing is quitting and changing everything, and trying again, is the definition of insane.

        How about some pin-point evaluation and honest assessment? or is GM too far gone down the government and bureaucratic rat-hole for that?

        I still think a diamond shape would work best. Chevy at the bottom, Caddy at the top, and Buick and Pontiac on either side, between the two. These Opels, the rumored Junior caddy, and the G8 and Park Avenue variants of the Holden Commodore/Senator belong between Chevy and Caddy, not in either of those two brands. Pontiac/Buick make the remaining logical choices. Pontiac wearing a track running suit, Buick wearing a nice business suit, but maybe not Caddy's full tuxedo, nor Chevy's jeans and shirt.

        Saturn, Saab, and Hummer going away means Buick and Pontiac have less confusion as to their purposes. Chevy and Caddy is too sparse, and there would be a product gap between those products.

        Chevy and GMC trucks are a different kettle of fish, and just allow Chevy and Buick/Pontiac (GMC) dealers to both be able to sell the same pickups and SUVs, and GMC to operate as a commercial truck unit otherwise. That will likely continue to work.

        Even Caddy has their re-badged trucks, too, and Hummer is going away, evidently, rather than going down market, and down-size, more like Jeep.

        Ford can do the same thing, with only 3 brands. Ford, Premium sporty Mercury, and premium luxury Lincoln, setting off to the side their in-house-import sidebar Mazda. A good brand, but most still see Mazda as a Japanese company, and somewhat disassociated brand-wise from FoMoCo, by most of the public.

        GM nor Ford will work as a 2-brand show. GM makes sense as 4-5 brands, (4 car brands, +GMC) Ford makes sense as it has for a long time, as Ford/Lincoln/Mercury.

        They may have gone overboard with buying up lots of foreign nameplates, but shrinking back to only two brands will make it hard for them to compete, and thus won't solve their problems.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Of course it failed. I would have bought one if I had been in the market. Most of the people I know who wanted a Euro-style hatch went and bought a Euro Ford Focus (Mazda 3) and didn't even know the whole Euro thing they tried with Saturn. If you mix up your branding that much that you can't put forth a consistent message, well you are doomed for failure. There was nothing wrong with it as a concept.

      They should have made sure what they brought over won comparisons against the competition. They should have also emphasized the Euro-ness of the brand. They didn't want to alienate their lame current customers, so they basically slipped it in and said it failed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      apples to oranges. Did you check out the last Astra? It needed two "s" in its name. That interior was a joke and it was neither sporty nor efficient and who buys saturns.

      GM should bring this over as an Opel!
        • 6 Years Ago
        UGH damn autoblog comment system! this is a reply to the first post not thin air.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think that these cars should come to the US as Opels, not Saturns. Many people don't associate the Saturn name with a quality product. It would be a long process to change people's perception of the brand.

      Opel is relatively unheard of in the US, so it wouldn't be as hard to develop its image (Much like BMW did with MINI). They would essentially be starting from scratch, as far as the image thing is concerned. They definitely need to market/advertise the car, unlike the last attempt at a US-bound Astra.

      Another thing GM did wrong - they didn't give us too many options. What we got was essentially a base model car, and quite a few people I know were disappointed at the lack of powertrain options and creature comforts (all available as options in European models). Many of these options could have easily made it over to our shores - but they simply didn't. It's almost as though GM wanted this car to fail here.

        • 6 Years Ago

        "What we got was essentially a base model car, and quite a few people I know were disappointed at the lack of powertrain options and creature comforts (all available as options in European models). Many of these options could have easily made it over to our shores - but they simply didn't. It's almost as though GM wanted this car to fail here."

        No, I don't think that was the reason. It was just that there would be later some splainin' to do as to why can't a customer in U.S. have 4 body and 5-6 engine choices when buying anything else from them. That would mean a customer choice and, unfortunately, customer choice means less profit for them. That still shows us they were in business of making money instead of being in business of making cars. Somehow, that strategy had them run out of money and, very likely, out of business.
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