5 " The new Opel Astra is a culmination of years of work - not just by our team, but from the sweat of the designers working on the nine previous generations of Astra and Kadett cars," says Uwe Müller, chief designer of the new Astra. " We used some graphics from the past, but made them crisper and more modern. We revolutionized the shape by making it more sculptural." Sculptural artistry combined with German precision is Opel's new design philosophy. The new Astra is aiming to take approach to the compact class, gently influenced by the response of the Insignia. 3 The design the new in the The design help create a look to the Insignia, characteristics. designing a car and dynamic was Ahead of the official launch of the next generation Opel/ Vauxhall Astra at September's Frankfurt Motor Show, the Vehicle Designers' Review gets an exclusive 4 The rear view of the Astra affords a more dynamic appeal thanks to an extended shoulder line that flows into the rear lights. A re- designed C-pillar also gives the car a more coupé- like look and feel, while the Astra's DLO is the first in its class to have a chrome surround available as standard. The rear lamps are set apart to accentuate the width of the vehicle's stance. This design enables a bold, expressive view from the car's rear. A new upper rear spoiler introduces a dynamic visual element, and also improves aerodynamics. A touch of elegance read clockwise
2 Mark Adams, vice president of design at GM Europe explains the styling strategy behind the new Astra. design process for new Astra started the beginning of 2006. design team wanted to look that was similar Insignia, but with its own characteristics. From the outset, car that looked sporty was a major demand. Show, exclusive early viewing. movie loading > elegance By Harry Carter 1 Sporty with an elegant touch is how Opel/ Vauxhall designers are describing the interior of the new C- segment challenger. The new Astra includes a number of elements from its bigger brother, the Insignia, such as the seats, to ensure a more premium feel. A team of 15 engineers, marketers and designers surveyed 400 people to study their demands for storage. From the results, a list of the 20 most popular products was drawn up, the challenge for the interior team were to include them all. Items included a 1.5- litre drinks bottle, mobile phone and newspapers.