Perhaps, it is the most beautiful car in a modeling line of Opel. “Trekhdverka” GTC and always stood earlier independently, but now the car became really irresistible. It was recognized by all: both fans, and critics of brand. By the way, though three-door Astra GTC also is similar to the five-door version, these cars have no general external detail, except “fin” of the aerial and lateral mirrors. This “Astrochka” enters into not numerous cohort of three-door cars like Volkswagen Scirocco, Renault Megan Coupe or Volvo C30 which today many call hatchbacks with compartment stylistics.
For Opel Astra GTC in Russia the line of petrol motors in volume 1,4 liters (140 forces), 1,8 liters, (140 forces), 1,6 liters with pressurization (180 forces) and one diesel 2,0-liter unit in capacity of 130 forces is offered. On a choice for all motors: six-step mechanical or automatic transmissions and only 1,8-liter engine it is equipped with only unique five-step “mechanics”. As always, we managed the car with the most powerful 1,6-liter turbomotor in capacity of 180 forces and a six-step mechanical transmission in the richest complete set of Sport and almost with all packages of the additional equipment. The car “is really packed”: six safety cushions, stabilization system, the leather salon, full electropackage, light-emitting diode running fires and back lamps, multimedia “combine” with navigation, bluetooth, sockets for external devices, Infinity audiosystem with a subwoofer, two-zonal climate control, cruise control, light and rain sensors, a parktronik, help system when lifting, a mirror with the autoblackout, 18 inch rims and a multilevel floor of FlexFloor in a luggage carrier. But, perhaps, most interesting “counters” — this adaptive FlexRide chassis with adjustable settings of a steering, a suspension bracket, “sharpness” of a response of the engine for pressing of a pedal of gas and adaptive headlights with function of automatic switching of near and far light. But also the price of such car of lemon color (optional coloring of Sunny Melon) makes 1 007 500 rubles!

Opel Astra GTC on equipment and power units practically differs nothing from five-door model, but engineers after all поколдовали with the chassis. On the car other, longer levers of a back semi-dependent suspension bracket, a track in front are established and behind increased by 4 and 3 centimeters respectively, and in a forward suspension bracket of Astra GTC “separate” rotary fists are used — the similar design also is applied on some “hot” hatchbacks, such, as Ford Focus RS or Renault Clio RS. All these innovations improved controllability and stability of the car both on a straight line, and in turns, in particular, engineers managed to relieve the car of such illness, as «a parasitic podrulivaniye» under the draft, peculiar to powerful front-wheel cars.

Interestingly, who would become the buyer of such car? To whom the three-door hatchback for one million rubles is necessary?

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Opel published the first information on the Astra model of new generation with a body a sedan. Of the German company assure that it is the most balanced and beautiful sedan in this class. With it it is possible to argue, of course, (as car photos in front while are not present). But it is possible not to doubt one – the new sedan turned out one of the most spacious in the segment.

The length of a sedan will make 4658 mm – for comparison, the five-door hatchback has length of 4420 mm (the truth, the versatile person is all the same larger – it has already 4700 mm). Thanks to the increased dimensions, the volume of a luggage compartment of new model will make 460 l is on 90 l more five-door Astra.

It is interesting that the world premiere of Opel Astra a sedan will take place on motor show in Moscow which will pass from August 29 to September 9 this year. And to be surprised to it it is not necessary – Russia is one of the main consumers of such cars. Besides, this model in the future is planned to collect in our country.


Volkswagen prepares a small crossover

The German concern Volkswagen does not give up thought on creation of a new compact crossover which will stand on a step below Tiguan, transfers the AutoBild edition. As the segment of «micro SUVs» develops recently very promptly. Now there are not enough rivals (the main player here while Nissan Juke is), but will not force the way here soon — this year on sale there will be a small crossover of Opel Mokka. Naturally, heads of Volkswagen do not want to stand and look quietly how others earn money.

The new crossover from Volkswagen becomes slightly larger than present Polo, but thus the model will receive system of a full drive and the increased road gleam. Besides, “off-road” Polo will differ other design – in Volkswagen want to make so that the new crossover was perceived as independent model, instead of it is simple as «one more Polo». Besides at scale of the German company already there is a CrossPolo model.


In a model range of the German auto giant Volkswagen there can be two more crossovers: Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and Jetta Alltrack. Both novelties will be constructed on the modular MQB platform which successfully gets accustomed not only at Volkswagen, but also on other brands which the concern owns. Outwardly novelties will differ existence of a plastic weather-cloth on perimeter of a body and the increased road clearance. As affairs with system of a full drive will be, yet is not reported. It is quite probable that Germans will stop on a forward drive with differential.

Expected emergence of novelties – 2015. But in the autumn of this year Germans will present the seventh generation of Volkswagen Golf in Paris. It is supposed that under a cowl of new Golf will register both habitual motors, and absolutely new three – and four-cylinder units in volume no more than 1,4 l. Also, emergence of powerful 243-strong hybrid updating is probable.