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New Vauxhall Astra

The new Vauxhall
Astra will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 15 September with a range of
engines that promise to reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption by an average
of 10 per cent.

There will be an
eight-engine range, and downsizing is very much at the forefront of Vauxhall’s
strategy to reduce CO2 emissions.

There will be an
all-new 1.4-litre turbo engine which will join the range from launch. This
produces 140hp and it replaces the naturally aspirated 1.8-litre from the
current range, yet features lower emissions, equal power and 15 per cent more
torque.

Other petrol
engines include a normally aspirated 1.4-litre unit emitting just 129g/km of
CO2, and two 1.6-litre engines – one producing 115hp, and the second
turbocharged, producing 180hp.

The Astra’s
diesel range comprises 1.3-, 1.7- and 2.0-litre units, all of which feature
common rail fuel injection and are expected to produce combined CO2 emissions
of no more than 129g/km (with manual transmission).

As with the
Insignia, all Astra powerplants meet stringent Euro 5 emissions standards, and
at a later stage an ecoFLEX model will be added to the range, which is forecast
to achieve 109g/km of CO2 on the combined cycle.

All Astras will
be equipped with six-speed gearboxes, with the exception of normally aspirated
1.4- and 1.6-litre models and the 1.3-litre CDTi which employ a five-speed
manual gearbox. A new, compact automatic transmission will be available for all
petrol models.

The new model
will be produced at the UK’s Ellesmere Port plant for all markets across
Europe.

The Vauxhall
Ampera and the Insignia ecoFLEX will also be on display at Frankfurt.