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    Opel-Vauxhall Astra (H) TwinTop 2006-2011

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    Opel-Vauxhall Astra TwinTop

    Vauxhall Astra TwinTop#1
    · Innovative three piece folding hard top gives interior space and style
    · CDTi diesel engine and advanced 1.8-litre petrol available
    · Prices start at £16,995 – lower than outgoing model
    · On sale May 27

    If the neighbours proudly tell you they have bought a new three piece, it doesn’t necessarily mean they have been down to DFS. They could have invested in a new Astra TwinTop; the latest version of Vauxhall’s award-winning Astra. The stylish newcomer uses the latest in three-piece roof technology to ensure owners don’t have to compromise to own a convertible.

    The solid roof section consists of three main parts instead of the two used by most rivals. This means it can fold into a smaller space, so there are far fewer compromises to the car’s rear-end looks and it can accommodate four adults. Perhaps more importantly in this style-conscious sector, the TwinTop retains all the style for which the Astra range has become renowned.

    And it’s not just the looks and practicality which will have attracted them to the TwinTop. It’s the first Astra drop-top in the UK to be offered with a diesel engine, and there is a highly-advanced new 1.8-litre for those who prefer petrol power. There’s more good news with the price – with prices starting at £16,995 the TwinTop doesn’t just undercut rivals, it’s also cheaper than the outgoing Astra Convertible!

    Optimum space management: Three-part roof system and “Easy Load”

    Just because you want a convertible needn’t mean you can’t carry four people. The TwinTop’s 2.61m long wheelbase enables a spacious interior with the best-in-class shoulder and knee room.
    It’s the three-piece roof which makes the difference, allowing larger expanses of cabin to be covered than would be possible with just two folds. These individual sections are also smaller than in conventional concepts and therefore can be stowed in the boot without robbing all of the luggage space or needing an odd-looking rear end. It’s a massive 440 litres with the top up (an Astra 5-door has 350-litres) and with the top down there is still 205 litres of space available.
    Vauxhall has neatly got around the problem of getting your luggage into that space too. Rather than have to ‘post’ items through a thin slot, the TwinTop uses a state-of-the-art “Easy Load” system that makes the boot easily accessible. At the touch of a button, the stowed roof parts in the boot are raised automatically upwards by around 250mm.
    And the car has another trick up its sleeve to avoid those embarrassing moments caused by the changeable British weather: the roof can be opened or closed while the car is in motion, up to a speed of 18 mph. This means you won’t have to worry about putting the top up or down at those quick-changing traffic lights, or even while stuck in slow-moving traffic!

    Modest prices, luxurious comfort

    It might be the most glamorous model in the range, but the TwinTop still offers the value-for-money buyers expect from the Astra. Prices start at £16,995, which makes all of its competitors seem very expensive.

    Standard equipment includes a powered roof, air conditioning, CD-radio with six speakers, electric windows, heated power exterior mirrors, remote control central locking, height and reach-adjustable leather steering wheel, height-adjustable “Easy Entry” seats with memory function, rear seats with armrest and a load-through hatch. The entry-level model also features Vauxhall’s innovative Structure wheel, which offers all the looks of an alloy but is as easy and cheap to repair as a plastic wheel cover.

    The Sport version, priced at £17,795, adds a remote control for the roof , a sports steering wheel with built-in audio controls, a trip computer, front fog lights and alloy wheels . Engine options are also increased at this trim level, with the new 1.8-litre VVT 140PS petrol and 1.9CDTi diesel being available in addition to the 1.6 Twinport petrol.

    The range-topping Design models feature automatic ‘pop-up’ roll-over protection (in place of fixed hoops) plus 17-inch alloys, rain-sensitive wipers and automatic headlamps, an anti-dazzle rear view mirror and windbreak. Prices start at £18,995 and the choice of engine includes the storming 200PS 2.0 Turbo petrol unit.
    Options include parking sensors, a mobile phone console with Bluetooth interface, a selection of infotainment and navigation systems, and steering-linked AFL bi-xenon headlamps (Adaptive Forward Lighting).

    High-tech for driving dynamics and active safety

    Top performance is ensured by a range of engines featuring four petrol units ranging from 105PS to 200PS and the 150PS 1.9 CDTi common-rail diesel. The top-of-the-line engine is the 2.0 turbo unit with a top speed of 148mph, while the diesel offers sporty performance and a combined economy figure of 46.3mpg. The turbo petrol and diesel engines come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, and the Astra TwinTop’s surprisingly-low drag coefficient of 0.31 helps both performance and economy.

    Active roll-over protection system

    The Astra TwinTop body and underbody, based on the fixed-roof sister models, were specially reinforced for the particular demands of a convertible. Engineers increased torsional rigidity by 30 percent compared to the previous Astra Convertible, enabling precise chassis tuning to improve driving dynamics.

    To minimize the consequences of a roll-over accident, the Astra TwinTop features an immensely strong windscreen frame and active roll-over protection system as standard. A special yaw rate sensor in the airbag control system recognises sudden vehicle turning motions along the longitudinal or transversal axis. In the event of an impending roll-over, the control system activates the seat-belt tensioners. Simultaneously, on cars equipped with the ‘pop-up’ roll hoops, two solid aluminium safety bars behind the rear seats deploy upwards and lock tight within 0.2 seconds. The system is also activated if the airbag sensors for front, rear or side impacts report a collision. This means the roll bars are in place even if the accident causes a power failure and then a roll-over occurs. The mechanism works with the roof in the open or closed position.

    These devices are in addition to the existing Astra models’ active and passive safety features, which include two-stage front airbags for driver and front passenger, thorax/pelvis side airbags in front, and three-point safety belts for all passengers. The driver and front seat occupant passenger also benefit from active head restraints which help to reduce the risk of whiplash in the event of a rear collision.
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    Vauxhall Astra TwinTop#2
    Design

    From the outset, AstraTwinTop was designed as a car with a dual personality. It had to build on Vauxhall’s reputation for stylish design by being immediately identifiable as a member of the Astra family, while at the same time delivering its own image of suave sophistication.

    The much-lauded Astra Sport Hatch was the source of TwinTop’s frontal styling, instantly marking it out as a sporty member of the Astra line-up. But despite the intentional similarities, over 70 per cent of TwinTop’s body parts are unique to the model.

    With the roof closed, TwinTop has an elegant, coupe-like profile. Its low roof, high flanks and sweeping swage line give it a commanding presence on the road, while the clever roof mechanism allows a much more harmonious look than you’d normally expect of a coupe-cabrio. The rear deck, for example, is no bigger than that of a standard coupe, with no huge ‘aircraft-carrier’ style flat surface at the back to disguise the roof stowage area, nor the unsightly roof storage hump of some rivals.

    ‘Our aim,’ said chief designer Uwe Muller, ‘was to create a car that is just as eye-catching with the roof up as when the roof is down– something that until now has not been common in this segment. Thanks to the TwinTop’s arched side graphics and low-roof, the four-seater looks just as dynamic and sporty as a hardtop coupe.’

    The result is not only stylish, but is also the most aerodynamic member of the Astra family, with a drag coefficient of just 0.31. This not only allows for greater stability and fuel economy, but also means Astra TwinTop is incredibly refined, its slippery shape significantly reducing wind noise at speed.

    With the roof down, Astra TwinTop looks even more seductive. There’s no obstructive rollover hoop, meaning the classic arched profile becomes even more apparent.

    Neat stylish touches include a unique honeycomb grille and smooth, elliptical rear lamps that distinguish TwinTop from other Astra models, while a smart chrome strip across the rear adds to the upmarket appearance. A range of new colours and styling options such as smart 18-inch alloy wheels add to the diversity of the range.

    And despite its compact appearance, Astra TwinTop is actually comparable to models which cost thousands more. It’s only marginally shorter than a BMW 3-Series Cabriolet, for example, while its 2.61-metre wheelbase allows for impressive cabin space normally reserved for more practical hatchback or saloon models.
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    Vauxhall Astra TwinTop#3
    Interior

    Vauxhall’s designers focused as much on the style of Astra Twintop’s interior as they did on its outward appearance, and the result is a cabin that is incredibly luxurious and refined compared to other cars in its class.

    High quality materials have been used throughout, with the same premium plastics as other Astra models used on the dash and centre console. Smart chrome door handles and chrome ringed dials add to the upmarket aura, while optional leather trim sets of the interior with a positively plush air.

    All of the major controls are arranged in an intuitive manner to offer the best in user-friendliness, including a smart central display through which the main functions of the stereo, ventilation and communications systems can be accessed.

    But it’s not only the driver that featured in the design team’s brief, and one of the TwinTop’s major virtues is its impressive passenger accommodation. The long wheelbase and wide track, coupled to the clever three-piece roof folding mechanism, give class leading space for rear seat passengers, making TwinTop a car that will accommodate four adults with the roof up or down.

    Entry to the rear is made easier thanks to an easy-entry function on both of the height-adjustable front seats. As well as tilting forwards as in a conventional two-door car, the seat slide forward on runners to allow better access, yet return to their original positions when dropped back into place.

    A comprehensive range of premium sound and sat nav systems are offered across the range.
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    Vauxhall Astra TwinTop#4
    Chassis and Engines

    The Vauxhall Astra has already won many plaudits for its dynamic driving experience, and the TwinTop has been developed to deliver a similarly rewarding combination of ride and handling.

    The body is stiffer than you’d expect from a convertible thanks to a body structure that is reinforced beneath the panels, while the wide track and long wheelbase ensure a low centre of gravity and exceptional body control. With the roof down, the shell is also 30 per cent stiffer than the outgoing Astra Convertible.

    Astra TwinTop also features the same IDSplus chassis technology as found on the Astra five-door and Sport Hatch. The ‘Sport’ button, standard on Design models, gives a more direct feel to the steering and a sharper throttle response. Even without the switch engaged, map controlled electronic power steering offers optimal feedback and precision in all driving situations.

    Four engines are on offer from launch, including a sporty diesel.

    Kicking off the line up is a 1.6-litre 105PS unit, which embraces Vauxhall’s latest Twinport technology to deliver a great combination of performance and economy. Further petrol choices include the highly advanced 140PS 1.8-litre petrol unit with continuously variable camshaft phasing, that recently made its debut in Vectra and Zafira, and a range-topping 200PS 2.0-litre turbo to deliver the ultimate in roofless performance. The 1.6 and 1.8-litre engines come mated to a precise five-speed manual transmission, while the 2.0 Turbo gets a close-ratio six-speed gearbox, helping it accelerate from 0-60mph in just 8.3 seconds.

    The diesel option is expected to prove a big hit with fleet buyers, thanks to its CO2 figure of 168g/km. It uses the acclaimed 150PS 1.9-litre CDTi coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox. It covers the 0-60mph sprint in only 9.5 seconds.
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    Vauxhall Astra TwinTop#5
    Roof and luggage compartment

    While most rivals make do with a space-consuming two-piece roof, Astra TwinTop’s folding hardtop is built in three separate pieces in order to maximise the car’s luggage capacity while at the same time maintaining the stylish good looks and ease of use that a folding electronic roof delivers.

    At the push of a button, the roof lifts, stacks and folds away into the boot in just 26 seconds, sliding into the boot without leaving an awkwardly long rear deck or compromising passenger space. It operates using five electric motors, eight hydraulic cylinders and 13 separate sensors. Press the button, conveniently mounted on the windscreen surround, and the frameless side windows drop a couple of millimetres. The boot lid then lifts upwards towards the rear of the car, while the front roof elements lifts upwards. Then comes the clever part – the three roof sections all roll backwards and shuffle themselves into position, before disappearing out of sight as the windows return to their original positions.
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    Vauxhall Astra TwinTop#6
    Safety

    Astra TwinTop builds on the high levels of safety found in other Vauxhall models, with both passive and active safety features fitted to all models to offer the best in both crash performance and avoidance.

    The dynamic chassis means Astra TwinTop offers exceptional roadholding and agility, along with ABS, brake assist and optional ESP-plus combining to give the car exceptional active safety.

    AFL Adaptive Forward Lighting is also available, with bi-xenon headlamps that react to speed, steering angle and road camber to deliver optimum visibility at night. The clever system effectively allows the car to ‘see’ round corners, while additional lamps in the side of the headlight clusters illuminate at low speeds to assist at junctions or when parking.

    Should the worst happen, Astra TwinTop’s designers have ensured the car meets the exacting standards of other models in the Vauxhall range. The body is already 30 per cent stiffer than that of the outgoing Astra Convertible, and that strength is further enhanced by a strengthened screen surround. The A-pillars and windscreen rail are reinforced with hydroformed steel, eliminating the need for a clumsy roll bar.

    On all models, yaw sensors in the airbag control system sense when a rollover is likely to occur, and activates seatbelt tensioners. On models equipped with pop-up roll over bars rather than the standard fixed hoops, two solid aluminium safety bars deploy upwards from behind the seat and lock tight within 0.2 seconds. The safety bars also activate in a severe front or side impact occurs, meaning they are in place if the vehicle is immobile and is subsequently struck by another vehicle, causing it to roll. The pop-up hoops are standard on the Design and optional on the other models in the range.

    Front and side airbags are fitted as standard, while front seat occupants also benefit from Vauxhall’s Active Head Restraints, which help reduce the risk of whiplash by automatically supporting the head in the case of a rear impact. Vauxhall’s patented Pedal Release System also helps to minimise the risk of severe injury in an impact.

    In the event of a minor bump, AstraTwinTop has been designed to help keep repair costs low, too. Crash boxes between the subframes and body help reduce the extent of low-speed accident damage and keep insurance groups at sensible levels. They are:


    INSURANCE GROUPS
    Astra TwinTop Astra TwinTop Sport Astra TwinTop Design
    1.6i 16v Twinport (105PS) 7E 7E N/A
    1.8i 16v VVT (140PS) N/A 10E 10E
    2.0i 16v Turbo (200PS) N/A N/A 16E
    1.9 CDTi (150PS) N/A 12E 12E
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    Vauxhall Astra TwinTop#7
    Fleet


    The Astra TwinTop is certain to have real user-chooser appeal in the fleet market due to a diesel engine option, frugal, tax-efficient petrol engines and very competitive list prices. As a genuine hard-top, it’s also far more likely to appear on fleet choice lists than the more traditional soft-top convertible.

    And the fact that the car costs from as little as £16,995 – making it the best value hard top convertible in the fleet market - means that the taxman won’t be taking too large a slice of company-car driver’s pay packets in benefit-in-kind.

    The entry level 105PS TwinTop 1.6i 16v, with the latest Twinport technology, has a P11D value price of just £16,807 and, with CO2 emissions of 165gm/km putting it into the 20 percent tax band, means that for a 22 percent tax payer, the monthly tax charge is just £61.62.

    For the diesel enthusiast - and the majority of fleet purchases are now derv models - the TwinTop offers the driving excitement and exhilarating performance of Vauxhall’s highly acclaimed 150PS 1.9CDTi powerplant. With many fleets stipulating a diesel only policy this model widens driver choice in a new market segment.

    The TwinTop 1.9 CDTi provides frugal fuel consumption with a combined figure of 46.3 mpg, meaning it also falls into the 23 percent BIK tax bracket. A 22% tax payer, for example, would pay £83.58 per month for the 1.9CDTi Sport model which has a P11D value of £19,822.

    Other engine choices include the all-new, fuel-efficient 1.8-litre 140PS unit. With competitive carbon dioxide emission figures, this engine may well be the answer for company car drivers put off by the 3% tax loading that all diesels suffered from January.

    The 1.8i 16v Sport, for example, has a P11D value of £18,107, and with carbon dioxide emissions of 185gm/km putting it into the 24% tax band, that equates to a monthly tax bill of £79.67 for a 22% tax payer.

    Completing the powertrain line-up is a flagship model using the storming 200PS 2.0-litre Turbo from the Astra SRi.

    Fleet managers will get their first chance to drive the new models in May and June when - hopefully - the early UK summer weather will allow them to appreciate the full benefit of the car’s retractable roof.

    Total sales for the remaining eight months of 2006 are expected to be around 3,500 with around one-third of those going into the fleet market, primarily to drivers who have a free choice element within their company’s car fleet policy.

    Vauxhall, Saab and Chevrolet fleet brand manager, Paul Adler said: “The new Astra TwinTop looks set to have real user-chooser appeal in the fleet market, due to the very competitive list prices and tax charges plus the wide variety of engines, including diesel, that are available.”

    Fleet experts agree with the Vauxhall view that the new TwinTop will be a firm favourite with company car drivers.

    Martin Ward, national research manager at CAP Motor Research, said: “The new Astra TwinTop has enormous potential in the fleet market because it can serve as a regular business car during the week and a fun car at weekends.

    “It will appear on far more fleet choice lists than the traditional soft-top and is a genuine four-seater. It’s good-looking and looks set to be a winner.”

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    That's all, I hope Opel/Vauxhall can build an OPC/VXR version of this car!
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    Oh, I'm sure there'll be a VXR version!

    Great thread. I like the way the new Astra looks, and this really is a bomb!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IWantAnAudiRS6
    Oh, I'm sure there'll be a VXR version!

    Great thread. I like the way the new Astra looks, and this really is a bomb!

    Damm, i cant agree with you, just another CC
    Just as boring as all other Astra's (Vauxhall or Opel)

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