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  • The history of the Vauxhall Astra

    Vauxhall Astra

    Those who are looking for a Vauxhall Astra for sale may be interested in the history of this popular, award-winning family car. It was 36 years ago that the first Astra rolled off the production line at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, and the model is now in its seventh generation. Vauxhall are justifiably proud of the progress made in that time-scale as the latest version is the most technologically efficient and advanced ever.

    Back in 1979, it was a remake of the Opal Kadett and the first Vauxhall car to be four-wheel drive. In 1983 they vamped it up to a GTE model which had a 1.8 litre fuel injection engine. The option to have a convertible was also introduced. The following year it won European car of the year with a more aerodynamic body shape.The third generation from 1991 focused heavily on safety features and introduced side bars and air bags.

    An all-new Astra came out in 1998, and to up the style stakes, Vauxhall commissioned the Italian designers Bertone to draw up a coupé version, which also resulted in a new convertible. By the era of the fifth generation in 2004, a lot more attention was paid to the interiors and they became much classier inside. This version also featured a folding metal roof for the first time. Just before the Mark 5 was launched, they put out a three-door GTC, sold as the SportHatch. 2009 saw the sixth generation which has been a huge success, perhaps due in some part to the recommendation from hit show "Top Gear" which awarded it the "most reasonably priced" car distinction. By June 2010 it was the best-selling car in the UK.

    The design for the Mark 6 is heavily based upon the Vauxhall insignia and one of the defining features is the clever use of storage areas for the top twenty most used car items.