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We wouldn't go so far as to say General Motors keeps all its most exciting products in other markets. We do get the Camaro and Corvette, after all. What we don't get is GM's hot hatch, but now they will Down Under.

Holden has just announced the arrival of three models it's bringing over from Europe, foremost among them the Astra VXR (as Vauxhall and now Holden call it), otherwise known as the Opel Astra OPC. With a 2.0-liter turbo four pumping out 276 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels, 20-inch wheels hiding Brembo brakes and a sport-tuned suspension and body kit, the Astra VXR will keep pace with the best European hot hatches on offer.

Of course for those who can't stretch to the full VXR performance model, Opel and Vauxhall offer the Astra GTC, and now Holden will as well. The GTC gets the same coupe-like three-door body as the VXR, but employs a more modest 1.6-liter turbo four with 197 hp and 191 lb-ft. Holden's even offering a GTC Sport to bridge the gap with upgraded wheels and a sportier look inside and out.

Finally GM's Australian importer has also announced it's bringing in the Cascada convertible (that we'll soon get as a Buick), bringing the number of badges under which that same nameplate will be sold up to four. GM had briefly offered Opels under their own name Down Under a couple of years ago, but withdrew the brand entirely from Australia after only a year on the market.


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European Invasion: Holden Astra and Cascada Launch
2015-04-28

- Holden launches European-sourced Astra GTC, Astra VXR and Cascada convertible
- Astra available in performance focused 1.6L turbo and 2.0L turbo engines
- Cascada convertible introduced with a Special Launch Edition

Holden's introduction of the stylish and sporty Astra alongside the elegant Cascada convertible marks the beginning of an exciting product onslaught by Holden, promising to deliver 24 major vehicle launches and 36 powertrain combinations in the next five years.

The European manufactured Astra and Cascada are both designed and engineered in Germany, at Opel's Russelsheim base, and exhibit the exceptional build quality and refinement synonymous with European cars.

Engineering integrity and the promise of outstanding road performance is ensured after long, demanding validation testing - 10,000kms of which for VXR was completed at the iconic mecca for all driving enthusiasts; the Nurburgring Nordschliefe track.

Holden's Executive Director – Sales, Peter Keley, said Astra and Cascada would act as aspirational, halo vehicles to Holden, and Holden Dealers were excited to finally take delivery of the cars.

"Astra and Cascada exhibit all the hallmarks of premium European manufactured cars. Both are visually stunning with great road presence and exceptional build quality." Mr Keley said.

"We are confident these are the right cars for Australia, giving buyers a vehicle to aspire to own and this is something echoed by our Dealers.

"Dealers nationwide have expressed interest and excitement in Astra and Cascada and are looking forward to getting their hands on them."

ASTRA

The Holden Astra nameplate became a firm favourite with Australian drivers and resonated with those looking for European performance when it was first launched in 1996. The refreshed 2015 Holden Astra is introduced in GTC and GTC Sport trim levels in addition to the ultra-sporty VXR, exuding exceptional road presence and a stylish, unmistakably European design.

ASTRA GTC AND GTC SPORT

Astra GTC and GTC Sport are stylish, progressive looking sports hatches that effortlessly blend drive comfort with a sports look and feel. Both come equipped with a lively 1.6 litre turbocharged engine coupled with a responsive six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The automatic transmission is accompanied by active select and when combined with the 1.6 litre turbo engine provides 125kW power and 260Nm torque, ensuring an exciting and engaging driving experience. In the even sportier, manual transmission, Astra offers an increased 147kW power and 280Nm torque, targeted at those wanting a more dynamic drive.

The European engineered Astra comes with a high-tech HiPerStrut front suspension to offer improved handling characteristics and direct steering response. With a shortened spindle length and reduced kingpin inclination, Astra's HiPerStrut helps prevent the torque steer so often seen in powerful front-wheel-drive cars.

Inside Astra GTC and GTC Sport the European design and engineering excels with Sportec bolster sports seat (leather appointed in GTC Sport) and the award winning Holden MyLink infotainment system taking centre stage. The MyLink system comes with a seven-inch colour screen display, integrated Pandora®, Stitcher™ and TuneIn Radio apps as well as satellite navigation.

In addition to the impressive list of features already available on Astra GTC, GTC Sport adds 19-inch alloy wheels, alloy sports pedals, leather sports seats and a sports body kit to earn the 'Sport' name it proudly bares.

ASTRA VXR

Sitting at the top of the Astra model range, Astra VXR is the ultimate 'hot hatch', boasting a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine which is able to unleash 206kW of power and a staggering 400Nm of torque. Brembo front brakes provide a security net to accompany the Astra VXR's unbridled power, in addition to electro-hydraulic steering for a direct, engaging steering feel, allowing drivers to put the car precisely where they want it.

Astra VXR is a 'no holds barred' sports hatch that is as at home on track as in the city. Key to its versatility is the acclaimed FlexRide tuning system which allows drivers to choose from three pre-configured ride settings according to their environment:

- Standard – all-round performance with comfort
- Sport – stiffer chassis, improved agility and more direct steering
- VXR – more direct steering, more responsive throttle, and tuned for maximum performance

Supporting Astra VXR's impressive dynamic setup is its unmistakable appearance and superior road presence. VXR wears 20-inch alloy wheels, coupled with VXR sports body kit, alloy sports pedals and VXR steering wheel.

Like its calmer siblings, VXR is well equipped inside too. As well as offering the same MyLink infotainment system as GTC and GTC Sport, it also shows off eight-way adjustable VXR leather appointed sports seats with power bolsters and lumbar support for both driver and passenger.

CASCADA

Setting a new benchmark in attainable luxury, Cascada is an elegant, yet responsive, full size four-seat convertible designed for beachside cruising and the open road.

Formally known as Astra Convertible, Cascada has established a name in its own right with its ability to appeal to a completely different type of buyer.

Cascada will be available in two guises from launch; Cascada and a special Cascada Launch Edition, of which only 50 units will be available.

CASCADA

Cascada comes with a versatile 1.6 litre turbo engine, which when coupled with its smooth six-speed automatic transmission, delivers an easy and enjoyable driving experience, on urban and regional roads.

Dynamically, Cascada has been engineered with strength and rigidity in mind, ensuring drivers get the perfect balance between solid cornering performance and the freedom associated with driving a convertible.

Stunning exterior design is complimented with 18-inch alloy wheels and a secure, triple-layered acoustic power hood able to be retracted in just 17 seconds whilst on the move at speeds of up to 50kph.

Cascada's perforated leather appointed seats and intuitive MyLink infotainment system provide a luxurious touch on a flexible, four seat interior design.

CASCADA LAUNCH EDITION

A limited number of just 50 special, Cascada Launch Edition vehicles will be available to celebrate the return of the convertible body style to the Holden range.

Cascada Launch Edition dials up the luxury even more by adding premium Nappa leather appointed and ventilated front seats and a leather sports steering wheel. There is also significant differentiation on the car's exterior with 20-inch alloy wheels, Adaptive Forward Lighting and Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED DRL's (Daylight Running Lamps).

SERVICE

Holden's commitment to delivering excellent customer value extends beyond the purchase of Astra and Cascada, with the recently launched and ground-breaking Holden Lifetime Capped Price Servicing (CPS) program.

And with Holden's extensive dealer network offering Australia's largest CPS program Astra and Cascada buyers get peace of mind with transparent service pricing for life.

Astra and Cascada will go on sale 4 May 2015 and are available in a wide range of exterior colour choices to suit a range of personalities.

PRODUCT DETAILS

ASTRA

Astra GTC and GTC Sport colours

- Summit White
- Power Red
- Carbon Flash Black*
- Sunny Melon Yellow
- Buzz Blue*
- Silver Lake*



Astra VXR colours
- Summit White
- Power Red
- Carbon Flash Black*
- Sunny Melon Yellow
- Arden Blue*

*Prestige paint at $550 premium

GTC

- 1.6 litre SIDI turbo engine
- Six-speed manual / six-speed automatic transmission
- Dual front, side and curtain airbags
- ESC and ABS
- Hill start assist
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- 17-inch steel space saver spare wheel
- Cloth Morrocana sports seats with Sportec bolsters
- Satellite Navigation
- Air conditioning with particle filter
- Electric Power Steering (EPS)
- Front and Rear Park Assist
- ISOFIX child seat anchorage system (two positions)
- Auto headlamps
- Projector headlamps (halogen)
- Rain sensing wipers
- Start/stop (MT only)
- Leather steering wheel
- Enhanced multi-function display (one colour) with:
o Vehicle information menu
o Trip information menu
o Fuel economy menu
o Warning/messages
- Holden MyLink Infotainment System with seven-inch colour screen display
- Integrated apps
o Pandora
o Stitcher
o Tune In Radio
- DAB digital radio
- Single CD player with MP3 capability
- Universal hands free with Bluetooth phone
- Bluetooth® audio streaming, USB and auxiliary input jack

GTC Sport (above GTC)

- 19-inch alloy wheels
- LED tail lamps
- Perforated leather appointed Mondial trim
- Eight-way adjustable driver seat with power lumbar control
- Heated front seats
- Alloy sports pedals
- Dual zone climate control
- Leather sports steering wheel
- Sports body kit (front bumper lower spoiler edge, rear bumper lower spoiler edge, rocker moulding)
- Electric park brake

Astra VXR

- 2.0 litre turbo engine
- Six-speed manual transmission
- Dual front, side and curtain airbags
- 20-inch alloy wheels
- Performance brakes – Brembo front calipers, front and rear cross drilled rotors
- Alloy sports pedals
- FlexRide with continuous damping control
- Electro-hydraulic power steering
- Start/stop
- Rear park assist
- ISOFIX child seat anchorage system (two positions)
- Sports performance chassis
- Tyre pressure monitoring system
- ESC and ABS
- Auto headlamps
- LED tail lamps
- VXR roof spoiler
- VXR sports seats
- Perforated leather appointed Nappa trim
- Eight-way adjustable heated driver and front passenger seat
- Power bolsters and power lumbar – driver and passenger seats
- Satellite navigation
- VXR Leather steering wheel
- VXR floor mats
- Dual zone climate control
- Enhanced multi-function display with:
o Vehicle information menu
o Trip information menu
o Fuel economy menu
o Warning/messages
- Holden MyLink Infotainment System with 7" colour screen display
- Integrated apps
o Pandora
o Stitcher
o Tune In Radio
- DAB digital radio
- Single CD player with MP3 capability
- Universal hands free with Bluetooth phone
- Bluetooth® audio streaming, USB and auxiliary input jack

CASCADA

Cascada colours

- Summit White
- Carbon Flash Black*
- Phantom Grey*
- Deep Sky Blue*
- Nitrate Silver*

*Prestige paint at $550 premium

Cascada

- 1.6 litre SIDI turbo engine
- Six-speed automatic transmission
- Dual front and side airbags
- ESC and ABS
- Hill start assist
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- 17-inch steel space saver spare wheel
- Electric folding acoustically insulated roof
- Sports suspension
- Electric park brake
- Heated power outside mirrors
- Heated front sports seats
- Leather appointed trim perforated Siena seats
- Alloy sports pedals
- Satellite navigation
- Cruise control
- Rear view camera
- Dual zone air conditioning
- Electric Power Steering (EPS)
- Front and Rear Park Assist
- ISOFIX child seat anchorage system (two positions)
- Auto projector headlamps (halogen), DRL's and front fog lamps
- Rain sensing wipers
- Heated leather steering wheel
- Enhanced multi-function display (one colour) with:
o Vehicle information menu
o Trip information menu
o Fuel economy menu
o Warning/messages
- Holden MyLink Infotainment System with 7" colour screen display
- Integrated apps
o Pandora
o Stitcher
o Tune In Radio
- DAB digital radio
- Single CD player with MP3 capability
- Universal hands free with Bluetooth
- Bluetooth® audio streaming, USB and auxiliary input jack

Cascada Launch Edition (50 units)

- 20-inch alloy wheels
- Premium nappa leather appointed sports seats
- Ventilated front seats
- Leather sports steering wheel
- Adaptive Forward Lighting and Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED DRL's

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