benzs-2010 Vauxhall/Opel Astra Teasers Released  

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Vauxhall has released today first teaser sketches of the all-new sixth generation Vauxhall/Opel Astra, which makes it's world premiere one year from now at the 2009 IAA Frankfurt motor show. According to Vauxhall, the Astra will be going for a premium approach similar to the recently unveiled mid-size Insignia and adopt similar features such as the Front Camera System which combines traffic sign recognition with lane departure warning system and next generation Adaptive Front Lighting (AFL).

The same premium approach continues inside with a wrap-around interior and a wing-line sweep that links the instrument panel to the door. Adopted from the new Corsa is the FlexFix integrated bike carrier. The Astra will debut in 5-door hatchback form, but we expect the all new Delta platform to spawn several other familiar variants like the coupe, twintop and wagon (estate) with greener engines. Production for the next generation Astra starts at Ellesmere Port in late 2009.

Although these silhouette sketches reveal very little, we could not help but notice one of the included press images which contains a collage of sorts. In the foreground we can clearly see the left rear corner of the Insignia, but in the background is a red vehicle that is heavily blurred, perhaps new Astra? Also, a bald guy is pushing a display board containing a few curious design sketches of what appear to be a vehicle matching the body profile of the Astra. Let the speculation begin...
Source: Vauxhall via: World Car Fans

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