Since 1991, the popular Kadett has been replaced by a model called the Astra. Its first generation was produced in Germany until 1998, and in Poland until June 2002. The Astra of the second generation came out in 1998, and has been produced at the Polish Opel plants in Gliwice since October 2003. The model comes in the following versions: a 5-door hatchback, a sedan, and a station wagon, equipped with a 1.4-liter 90 hp or a 1.6-liter 100 hp engine. The vehicles are still offered on the markets of selected European countries.
The third generation of the Astra appeared in Frankfurt/Main in 2003. Initially, a 5-door version was presented, in spring 2004 the station wagon was released, and in the fall of 2004 – the sports, 3-do- or GTC version. The new Astra, which is distinguished by its original styling, has been equipped with a 1.4-liter 90 hp engine, a 1.6-liter 105 hp unit, and a 1.8-liter 125 hp plant, known from the previous model; a 2.0-liter Turbo of 170 or 200 hp; and diesel plants: a 1.7-liter CDTi of 80 or 100 hp, and a new 1.9-liter CDTi of 120 or 150 hp. The Astra will soon get a 1.3-liter CDTi engine of 90 hp. In the sports, 3-door OPC version, a 2.0-liter 240 hp Turbo is mounted. In 2005, in Geneva, the prototype of a 3-door GTC version provided with a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 1.7-liter 125 hp CDTi engine and two electric motors of 30 and 40 kW, respectively, was presented. The system will soon be fitted to series vehicles.
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