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  Opel Astra Twin Top

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Country of origin:Germany
Introduced in:2005
Introduced at:2005 Frankfurt Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:August 08, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionWorld premiere of Opel's new cabrio-coupé at the IAA: following the successful launches of the sedan, station wagon and GTC, Opel presents its fourth distinctive Astra model. The Astra TwinTop will be unveiled to the public for the first time at the International Automobile Exhibition in Frankfurt (September 17 - 25). The elegant four-seater with a new-generation electro-hydraulic retractable steel roof will be at dealerships in spring 2006. A special highlight of the new Astra TwinTop is the clever kinematics of its innovative three-part roof system, which enable generous trunk space of around 440 liters. In the cabrio configuration, more than 200 liters are still available. A state-of-the-art "Easy Load" function increases practicality: at the touch of a button, the horizontally stacked roof parts in the trunk can be raised, so that cargo is easily accessible. In addition to generous luggage compartment space, the innovative roof technology also enables a dynamic, harmonious design with well-balanced proportions. With a length of almost 4.5 meters, the Astra TwinTop reaches dimensions comparable to mid-size segment cabrios.

Technically the two-door cabrio-coupé benefits from the strengths of the third Astra generation. This includes an exceptionally wide engine range in this segment, with four gasoline units (105 to 200 hp) and the 150 hp 1.9 CDTI common-rail diesel engine with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) as standard. The top-of-the-line 200 hp 2.0-liter ECOTEC Turbo reaches a top speed of over 230 km/h. Unique options such as the adaptive IDSPlus chassis (Interactive Driving System) with electronic Continuous Damping Control (CDC), Sport mode and steering-linked AFL bi-xenon headlamps (Adaptive Forward Lighting), set the new Astra TwinTop further apart from its competitors.

The progressive design of the Astra TwinTop with its dynamic, arrow-shaped front section clearly identifies it as a member of the Astra family. 70 percent of the TwinTop body parts were, however, has been newly developed. The harmonious proportions (length/width excluding exterior mirrors/height: 4.48/1.76/1.41 meters) of the cabrio-coupé are particularly visible in the side profile, which is highlighted by the wedge-shaped rising shoulder-line and arched, flowing roof line. The Astra TwinTop is also well proportioned at the rear. Regardless of whether the roof is open or closed, there is no bulky tail spoiling the car's look, as is often the case with cabriolets with retractable steel roof concepts.

The wide, practical trunk, which also features two side compartments and a storage area tucked away in the trunk floor to store the optional wind deflector, has a cargo capacity with the roof closed of around 440 liters. With the top down, it is still over 200 liters. Two adults can sit comfortably in the rear, even on longer journeys. The engineers made this possible through the realization of a completely new, three-part roof system: the individual roof sections are smaller than in conventional concepts and therefore can be stowed in the trunk in a space-saving manner, to the advantage of luggage space and seating comfort. At the touch of a button, or through use of the optional remote control, the TwinTop roof can be fully automatically opened or closed in less than 30 seconds.

Suitcases, beverage crates and shopping bags can also be comfortably loaded in and out of the car when the roof is open and folded away in the trunk. For this purpose, the Opel technicians have included an electrically operated "Easy Load" function. At the touch of a button, the horizontally stacked roof parts in the car trunk can be raised by around 25 centimeters, so that cargo underneath the protective cover is easily accessible.

The Astra TwinTop features the comprehensive Opel SAFETEC safety system, which combines both active and passive features. Optional roll bars provide additional rollover protection when the top is down. They are concealed directly behind the rear seat head restraints and deploy automatically within a split second in the event of a rollover.

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