• Sep 17th 2009 at 11:41AM
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2010 Opel Astra - Click above for high-res image gallery

By now, you've likely already seen official shots of the 2010 Opel Astra, both inside and out. Of course, catching a glimpse of a new shape under the harsh lighting of an auto show often brings a different point of view than the automaker's own glitzy press shots.

In the case of the latest Astra, though, the new car looks nearly as fetching caught with the lenses of our own DSLRs as it did in GM's official photography. We especially like the new Astra's interior furnishings, which are a major step up from the current model's rather boring and somber duds.

While the 2010 Astra won't be coming Stateside as a Saturn like the previous model, GM has promised to bring the latest Detla-based car to American shores (probably in sedan form) wearing the trademark Buick badge and chrome waterfall grille, and none of those plans are expected to change now that The General has offloaded a majority stake in Opel to Magna. Check out our high-res shots below of the 2010 Astra live from Frankfurt.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      So, which GM execs were dumb enough to think that it is more viable to keep a re-badge job like GMC over Opel/Vauxhall?
        • 6 Years Ago
        let them bankrupt a few more times and perhaps they will learn?
        • 6 Years Ago
        But of course you didn't RTFA where it said they were bringing over the Astra Sedan.... and I'm so tired of pleading the GMC case. They rake in loads of cash- that's why they were kept.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The ones who realized that GMC was making GM money, and Opel/Vauxhall required a massive bailout from the German government (who put a sale as a condition) to continue operation?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I am right there with you Taglane. It does not do any good to argue with these people, they would rather go on ignoring the facts, and only see what they want to see. It's like trying to explain brain surgery to my 8 year old daughter.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Technically GM is keeping 35% of Opel, so they haven't completely sold it.

        But I do see your point.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, a story that's related to GM that has been up for almost an hour, and no ignorant replies from Brian yet?

      There must be a Klan rally in his hometown today.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why does this car look a lot like the Pontiac Vibe?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Much better looking that the one it replaces
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it's possibly coming over to the U.S. as a Buick they had better come up with a less expensive automatic trans quick. $1000+ for an auto on the Saturn Astra was a joke, and probably led to some lost sales.

      That and 32mpg highway with the manual...yuck
      • 6 Years Ago

      The line about medicine was meant as a joke. I assumed people would get it because it wasn't related to anything else in the post (mostly I just want my MPG with some handling, brakes and steering thrown in).

      Having said that, the German system which depends on private insurance companies but still covers everyone while costing less is very different from Canada's and according to some German and American friends who live with it and have lived with ours, seems to work just fine.

      Plus they love wagons, hatches, MPV's and their Honda's aren't as fugly as ours are.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Anyone with money has private insurance in Germany.

        Health insurance is obligatory for everyone residing in Germany who is employed full-time by a company. The company pays half of the insurance contributions, the other half comes out of the employee's salary. The employee's half usually totals around 10% of their gross salary. When starting work with a company usually the employee won't have to worry too much about how the system works. The company will automatically sign them up with an insurance company and the contributions automatically deducted from the salary. Sometimes the employee may be asked if they have a preferred insurance company.

        Health insurance has been obligatory for everybody in Germany, including the self-employed, since 2007.

        There are two types of health insurance in Germany. These are the "public" and "private" systems. This system often causes considerable confusion.

        That is not "socialized medicine" and it is not even universal. Canada and the UK have unusual plans and lumping all of Europe together is a misnomer.

        I like the German plan. IT still fosters the market and one with greater resources still can receive better care (if desired). I am confident this is the direction the US will head towards rather than the UK or Canadian system that many seem to fear.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Will it be called the Buick Astra or will they rename it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      And of course we won't get the five-door with a diesel. Between turbo-diesels, manual transmissions, the Autobahn, faster internet speeds, good cheap wine, great beer, socialized medicine and no service contracts for cell phones, Western Europe is looking pretty good.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You just had to mention socialized medicine, didn't you?

        Yeah, let's all adopt socialized healthcare and end the push for innovation in medicine once and for all.

        You people haven't learned anything from the Cold War, nothing.

        -disgruntled Canadian.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And I don't get the cheap wine bit either - not only is it subsidized, but the part of it is true because there's too much offer for the demand - part of it isn't because of European inflation.

        The manual transmission deal is consumer-driven.

        Diesels are both a government issue and a consumer-driven thing.

        No service contracts are available here too, the legislation doesn't favor or disfavor the stuff, as opposed to Europe, making it a carrier/maker decision... And most people are fine with it apparently.

        Don't get faster Internet speeds, I can get T3-speed cable.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh lawd, I'm being downvoted by lefties who don't understand what's wrong with their health care system (applies to both Americans and people abroad and feel government is the answer to their problems.

        Oh, need I remind you how do you control costs in a public system? You ration the offer. Why do you think you had to wait decades for *your* Trabant in the olden days of the USSR? Because they rationed the offer to keep costs down and along with that you had no technology under the hood.

        Yes you are spending too much, but there's a better solution - look at how you threat your health insurance - what does it essentially bring you? Virtually free healthcare - supply and demand, you'll abuse if it's free - abuse means getting stuff you don't *need*, like getting more care than you really need - the supply drops, driving costs up, therefore dropping availability. Having a single payer system or mandating health insurance isn't going to fix this, and you're likely going to regret it in the long run.
        • 6 Years Ago
        But you know not all countries in Western Europe have socialized health care.
      • 5 Years Ago
      new astra perfect performans http://arabalife.com/opel-astra-2
      • 6 Years Ago

      Dude, lighten up. Cheap wine? I've had great inexpensive wine in Europe that's better than similarly priced wines in the US. That's all I meant.

      We can't get manual transmissions on any vehicle we want in the US because sometimes automakers don't make it an option. In Europe that option is more common.

      And I was probably confusing Europe with Japan where download speeds are in the 100mbps range as opposed to the US where 20 is considered fast and costs an arm and a leg (I pay 49.95 for 7mbps in a market with only two vendors).

      Are you going to tell me we have unlimited speed highways here too?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Rather confusing center console.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a Toyota Corolla from the front - not very German. Thumbs down for me...
        • 6 Years Ago
        check your eyes
        or stop eating that toyota fluf casue this looks about 100x better than the corolla & that front has no resemblance to the corolla
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Pokey - On a closer look, I would agree with you - but a Corolla is the first thing that comes to mind when I see those lights.

        In profile, its more like a Hyundai i20 -

        I would much rather have a Golf (or Scirocco) or an European Ford Focus over this - any day.

        This styling looks to generic - to my eyes, I may stress. Cannot do that enough without hurting someone's "feelings" and getting a rant in return.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You can rant all you want - but still looks like a Jap car from the front... the Corolla again comes to mind :-)

        And to be clear - I have never owned a Toyota - probably never will, so I don't know what the hell you are talking about.

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