German automanufacturer Opel (part of GM) presented 2008 models for Chinese market.
Opel Astra GTC:
Opel Astra GTC:
German automaker Opel will introduce a SUV model Antara to Chinese market next march, Chendu-based West China Metroplis Daily News reported today.
Antara will be priced at in a range of 300,000 yuan to 400,000 yuan in Chinese market and will compete with Mitubishi Outlander, Toyota RAV4, Kia Sportage, Chervolet Captiva and Honda CRV, the report said.
The model, which made its first show in Paris last year, is a four wheel drive SUV built on the same platform with Chervolet Captiva.
The vehicle is powered by 2.4 Liter engine with a maximum output of 140 horsepowers or a 3.2 Liter V6 engine with the maximum output of 227 horse-powers.
Captiva, Chervolet's best selling compact SUV has arrived in Chinese market early this month, and the imported U.S.-made SUV is priced in a range between 240,000 yuan ($31,975) and 280,000 yuan ($37,303) in Chinese market.
Rüsselsheim/Beijing, 28.1.2008 - The Opel Astra GTC with panorama windshield has been recognized as the most fashionable trendsetter among imported vehicles 2007 in China. The “Most Fashionable Vehicle” award was presented by the Chinese Trading Center for Automobile Imports and Sina.com, the largest Chinese-language infotainment web portal. The real eye-catcher was the GTC’s innovative XXL windshield: it extends back into the B-pillar and offers occupants a unique view. The jury of economic and media experts, as well as Internet users, evaluated the dynamic three-door Astra model in a total of ten categories against criteria such as performance, safety, technological innovation, brand image and styling.
Besides the Astra GTC, which has been sold in China since last summer, the five-door Astra, Astra TwinTop, Zafira and Vectra are also available in the country. The expanding network of Opel dealerships in China – there are currently 40 in total – sold 3700 vehicles last year.
The panorama windshield comes as standard in the top-of-the-line Astra GTC Cosmo variant in Germany. The around 1.8 square meter glass panel extends from the end of the hood, over the front occupants’ heads to the middle of the roof. Unlike contemporary glass roof designs, there is no crossbeam to obstruct the view, enabling driver, front and rear passengers to enjoy an unrestricted view similar to that in the cockpit of a sport airplane. Thanks to the additional foil in the 5.5 mm-thick laminated safety glass, the windshield cannot splinter, even in the event of a serious accident. The foil used in the lightly green-tinted Solar Protect Glass panorama windshield also serves as a heat-insolating layer. There is also a shading system, for which a patent has been applied: the steplessly adjustable shades disappear under the rear roof section when in open mode.
source: Gasgoo.comMay 30, 2008 - Opel has introduced Astra and Vectra models in China. An Opel SUV model sharing the same platform with Chevrolet Captiva will also be sold in the Chinese market soon, according to an Opel 4S store in Beijing.
A salesperson of an Opel 4S store said that the new Opel model is expected to enter their showroom in October this year. Now the store has received orders for the car with a deposit of 10,000 yuan ($1,438). The 2.4L and 3.2L models will be available initially when the new Opel goes on sale. The selling price is set between 320,000 yuan and 360,000 yuan. The Antara lineup is either powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder 103kw engine or by a 3.2L V6 engine, producing up to 167kw.
The production version of the Antara model first made its appearance at the 2006 Paris auto show. This five-seat SUV has aroused wide interest since it came out. It measures 4575mm in length, 1850mm in width and 1704mm in height. A mid-sized SUV supported by its 2707mm wheelbase, the Antara provides a roomy space.
Chevrolet Captiva now is a good seller in China market, which indicates that there is still large growth in the mid- and luxury-SUV market in China. The upcoming Opel SUV, superior to Chevrolet Captiva, is worth expecting.