New four-door Astra saloon launched

A new four-door Opel Astra saloon was launched this week and will be on sale in Roscommon from April, with prices starting at €23,035. General Motors Ireland announced the launch of the latest addition to its Opel Astra range – the elegant four-door Astra saloon. The saloon completes the Astra range, joining the five-door hatchback, three-door Sport Hatch, Estate and the Twin-Top convertible. Ireland will be the only Western European market to offer this body style. The Astra saloon comes complete with an extensive range of standard equipment, including five-spoke 16′ wheels, leather steering wheel with audio controls, front fog lights, trip computer, CD stereo with MP3 plug-in, remote central locking and electric front windows and mirrors. The new model’s designers also adopted the long wheelbase from the estate body style in order to give more generous space in the rear and a larger luggage compartment. Available in Exclusiv, Club and Design trims, the Astra saloon boasts the Astra’s progressive, proportionally balanced design, dynamic lines and characteristic driving dynamics, together with high safety reserves.  Five-star rating Complete with the five-star NCAP safety rating, the Opel Astra Saloon offers the latest in safety technology including Interactive Driving System (IDS), ABS, Cornering Brake Control (CBC) as well as Electro-Hydraulic Power Steering (EHPS). The Opel Astra Saloon will be available with a 1.6i 16v VVT 115PS petrol engine from April 2008. From July, the Astra Saloon will also be available in diesel – with 1.3CDTi and 1.7CDTi engines as well as a 1.8i 16v VVT 140PS petrol engine. Commenting on the launch of the Astra Saloon, Managing Director of General Motors Ireland, Dave Sheeran said, ‘This is an important vehicle for the development of the Opel brand in Ireland. The Irish market is the 5th largest compact saloon market in Europe, and the introduction of this exciting new vehicle derivative will mean that we will compete in all body styles. It underlines our commitment to bring the best of General Motors engineering to Ireland and to respond to customer and dealer demand.’ Well over a million current-generation Astras have been sold in Europe since its launch, while sales of the Astra in Ireland for January 2008 are up 15 percent compared to the same period last year.