It is branded as the Vauxhall Astra in the United Kingdom and the Buick Excelle XT in China. As of 2018, there have been five generations of the Astra. In a fashion typical for Opel they are designated service manual opel astra j subsequent letters of the Latin alphabet.
The Opel Astra F debuted in September 1991. The Opel Astra F consisted of two main revisions and was revised in 1995, with the launch of Opel’s new Ecotec engine. It also featured sports bodykit and widened front seats in the interior. After the Astra F was replaced by the new generation Astra G in 1998, the so-called “REDTOP” C20XE engine was also taken out of production. The model was also launched in South Africa in 1991, where it was produced under licence by Delta. The “Kadett” name was retained for the hatchback Astras until 1999. The sedan and station wagon models were offered under the Astra name.
The Opel Astra also became available in Australasia badged as a Holden, first in New Zealand in 1995, and then Australia in 1996. The first models were imported from the UK, but later models were imported from Belgium. The Holden Astra name had previously been used on rebadged Nissan Pulsar models from 1984 to 1989. Opel Astra’s first generation was exported to Brazil from December 1994 as the Chevrolet Astra, possible because of a lowering of import tariffs. General Motors do Brasil sent the 2. 0-liter, 115 bhp engines to Belgium, whence the completed cars took their way to Brazil.
Beginning in March 1995, the Astra sedan was assembled in Indonesia where it was marketed as the “Opel Optima”. The name had to be changed since PT Astra was Toyota’s long operating local partner in Indonesia. The first generation Chrevolet Astra in Brazil had a Vauxhall-style front grille featuring a “V”, containing the Chevrolet badge. The Astra G was launched in Europe in 1998. The manufacturing of the Astra saloon and Caravan continued at Opel’s Gliwice plant in Poland after the debut of the next-generation Astra H, with the older model being branded as Astra Classic in a similar fashion to its predecessor, catering to the lower end of the market. This car was offered in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as Turkey with the name Astra Classic II from 2004 to the end 2009.
The Astra G was built as Chevrolet Astra in Brazil. It was facelifted in 2003, and was sold in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and other Latin American markets until 2011. A taxi version of the Brazilian sourced model, powered with gasoline 2. 0 engine was sold in Chile as the Chevy Urban. In 2004, GM’s Russian joint venture GM-AvtoVAZ launched the 4-door version of the Astra G as the Chevrolet Viva. It was sold through Chevrolet dealers in Russia, while Opel dealers were selling the newer Opel Astra H.
Sales were poor from the start due to high pricing: the only version launched was equipped with a 1. The Astra G series Coupé was used for the silhouette racing cars in the DTM series. The Astra Xtreme, a concept car presented at the 2001 Geneva motor show, was a single-production V8-powered Astra based on the G-series Astra DTM. The season of 2005 also joined the history of Stock Car. In addition to the category becoming multi – the first time the Mitsubishi Lancer ran alongside the Chevrolet Astra, on 30 October 2005, 40 cars with Stock Car V8 engines performed an unprecedented race outside of Brazil worth points for the championship. The automaker GM was now sponsoring the category, providing the fairing of the Astra, making room for other manufacturers to enter the category with a low investment.
European markets, Sport Hatch in the UK and the Coupé in Australia, launched in 2005. The aging Vectra B was replaced in Brazil with a sedan version of the Astra H, named Chevrolet Vectra, until it was replaced by the Chevrolet Cruze in 2009. The model was matched with the others models offered in Brazil. GM Russia launched SKD assembly of Astra on a temporary production site near Saint Petersburg in February 2008, with a potential capacity of 25,000 vehicles annually.