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New Astra debuts ahead of NZ “onslaught”


The all-new Astra was revealed this week at the 2015 International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, giving Kiwi’s another taste of what is to come in Holden’s new-model onslaught that will see 24 new models introduced over the next five years.

Destined for a late 2016 release by Holden in New Zealand, the new Astra is a clean-sheet design from Opel’s European headquarters in Russelsheim, focusing on style and efficiency whilst following the ‘Sculptural Artistry meets German Precision’ design philosophy introduced on the stunning Monza concept in 2013.

Kristian Aquilina, Holden New Zealand managing director, said this new Astra promised Kiwi customer’s European style and sophistication, along with outstanding efficiency, state-of-the-art technology and connectivity features that signals the future for Holden and its extensive portfolio of vehicles.

“This stunning new Astra shows Holden’s future product strategy by bringing the best cars from around the GM world to our customers in New Zealand. This vehicle offers leading technology, design and performance,” said Mr Aquilina.

“The new Astra is a lightweight design and has an advanced infotainment system complete with Apple Car Play and Android compatibility and also comes with a new engine line-up.”

“Holden engineering ensures that the new Astra 5-door is a perfect small car and comes with an optimised performance for our unique road conditions and it is a vehicle that will go on sale in New Zealand late 2016.”

Astra utilises a completely new vehicle architecture, facilitating a sleek new look and weight reduction of up to 130 kilograms for models arriving in New Zealand, lending to a more engaging driving experience.

The drive experience is further enhanced with the employment of an engine portfolio consisting of 1.4-litre turbo and 1.6-litre turbo engines, both with the ability to blend exceptional fuel economy with effortless performance.

Making its debut in Astra, the all-aluminum, 1.4-litre ECOTEC Direct Injection turbo engine is capable of producing up to 114kW of power and 240Nm of torque with a targeted fuel consumption of as little as 5.6L/100km. Alternatively, customers can select the sportier 1.6-litre ECOTEC Direct Injection turbo engine, boasting up to 147kW of power and a class leading 300Nm of torque.

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