Opel Astra: Opel's new design language reinterpreted for the compact class

The new Opel Astra brings into the compact class its own interpretation of the brand's award-winning design language of combining "sculptural artistry with German precision" first seen in the Insignia. Its strong coupé-like silhouette and elegant details give the car a fresh sporty look. Elegant proportions provide a strong, cab-forward silhouette, with a steeply-raked windshield and falling rear roofline, adding visual excitement to the traditional hatchback format.

"It's important that each Opel model has its own, strong personality. This is why the design cues introduced in the Insignia, like the wing and the blade, which energize the shapes, have been given a fresh interpretation in the Opel Astra," says Mark Adams, Vice President of Design, General Motors Europe.

The flank of the Opel Astra receives a dynamic inverted blade that visually connects to the powerful movement of the rear window and the C-pillar. In the back end, double wing-shapes in each of the rear lights make it immediately recognizable.

The interior echoes the flowing forms of the bodywork: sweeping lines, curvaceous shapes and the quality of the execution are all part of Opel's design language. A signature design cue is the wraparound wing shape of the instrument panel that arcs into the top of the door moldings. The effect is a warm embrace of the occupants, providing a welcoming ambience that is enhanced at night by a red diffused light that illuminates the base of the center stack and the front door panels.

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