As we remember in March this year the South African Guild of Motoring Journalist’s named the German manufacturers Opel Astra Car of the Year for 2017 after having just won the European Car of the Year competition for 2016 back to back. Facing some tough competition the Opel Astra once again proved to be the best of the best yet again and here are 7 reasons why:
1. Innovative Technology
Opel technology extends beyond vehicles by innovative prototypes and improving quality of life. Features such as lane keeping assistance; forward collision alert, that pre-empts and warns the driver of erratic driving patterns and passive safety features, such as brake assistance, warning drivers behind of sudden braking changes, Intelli-link providing seamless integration and connectivity, as well as the highly coveted Opel Eye that re-defines intelligent driving.
2. Environmentally Friendly
Opel continues to break barriers and lead the market by exploring new ways to improve and innovate quality yet efficient affordable vehicles. Having gained a new following with the launch of the 1.0 Eco-flex engine that defines efficient fuel consumption, lower emissions and performance that excites.
Development goes back to Opel Motorsport, building vehicles that are streamlined, powerful in performance, weight reduction and drivetrain improvements. The Opel Astra is unlike any other C-segment vehicle in terms of performance and efficiency boasting great streamlined aerodynamics while at the same time lowering emissions.
The Opel line has had huge success with great looking built vehicles like the Monza and Kadett, but the Opel Astra takes the cake with looks that can’t be matched for a hatch in the same segment. Sharp lines, athletic sculpting and the striking curve of the ‘floating’ roof captures the Opel design philosophy of “sculptural artistry meets German precision”.
The Astra has always been sport minded with the latest models proving to be the best Opel design and engineering which ensures higher power output through modern combustion technology fitted in the new models. Streamlined body shape for lower wind resistance, enhanced suspension for greater grip and balance and ergonomic cabin design from the hugging seats to slip touch gearbox.
6. Space Conscious
One of the most amazing aspects of the Opel Astra is that it is built a hatch but feels like a sedan. Managing to maintain the C-Segment with wide spacious interior and boot but not increasing body shape and segment size. The Astra has 40/20/40 Split with the seats folding flatter than most hatchbacks compared. This allows for increased legroom, comfort and safety for all as well as Iso-fix anchors coming standard in all models.
The Opel Astra pricing starts at R 264,300.00 which is a bargain for the discerning motorist. This vehicle has features and technology normally reserved for luxury vehicles, like Daytime Driving Lights, Rain Sensor Wipers and Driving Assistance, Active and Passive Safety features and a comprehensive package which includes a 5 Year or 120 000km factory warranty and 5 Years or 90 000km Service Plan.
CMH Umhlanga GM has a wide range of Opel Astra models available with friendly knowledgeable staff who are ever willing to assist. Visit us at 115 Flanders Drive in Mount Edgecombe.