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Opel at the 2010 Paris Motor Show – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Fans of the Vauxhall Astra Sports Hatch in Europe can now get a special GTC edition with a "panoramic windscreen" that extends the top of the car's windshield back into the roof past the driver's head. It looks like it would be a blast to experience on whlie cruising the open, if not incredibly unsettling at first. GM Europe says the glass is a special heat absorbing variety and that a blind can be pulled forward if the driver and passenger want to hide from the sun.

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To help kick off sales of its new Panoramic windshield option, Vauxhall has released a special edition Astra GTC that features the snazzy glass up front, exclusive GTC badging, 18" rims, foglights, ESP and interior goodies like A/C and sport seats. Only 500 of the special editions will be built, and they're being sold for £15,995 -- undercutting the more vanilla Astra Sport Hatch 1.8 SRi's asking price by a few pounds.

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