Opel will host the debut of the all-new Astra sedan as well as the facelifted Astra hatchback and Sports Tourer at the upcoming Moscow International Auto Salon that runs from 29 Aug to 9 Sep. In addition, Opel will unveil the first of three new engine families, namely the 1.6-litre four cylinder Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) petrol engine.
You may ask, “Why Moscow?” The reason is that Russia is Opel’s second largest car market in Europe after Germany. GM’s European division sold 70,000 units in Russia in 2011 and between January to July 2012, Opel recorded a 29% increase in sales so far. This is pretty impressive results considering the uncertainties in the global economic climate. Opel expects more than a million visitors at the Auto Salon.
Measuring 4,658mm long, 1,814mm wide and 1,476 mm tall, Opel considers the new Astra sedan an important model for its growth strategy Russia. The Opel Astra Sedan will come with four gasoline engines ranging from 100 to 180bhp and three economical diesel units to meet Europe's CO2-based taxation laws. It will be available for sales in certain European countries such as Germany, Spain, Russia and Turkey.
Opel’s new turbocharged 1.6-litre power plant will be available in various power outputs and across several car lines. Production will begin at the Szentgotthardt plant in Hungary in late 2012. The engine is able to produce a maximum torque of up to 300Nm from a low 1,700 rpm. Peak power is up to 200bhp.
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