A touch of the Continent Down Under

HOLDEN is offering New Zealand drivers a touch of European styling and quality with its popular Astra, bringing the sophistication of the old continent to the new world.

The Astra brings a high level of quality to Holden NZ in the medium small segment. It took the European car of the year title as recently as 2016.

It is European through and through, designed in Germany and manufactured in Poland, the end product of a genuine and extended European bloodline.

A test drive in the entry level Astra R demonstrated the blend of ride comfort, styling, specifications and comfort that is the very essence of the Astra range.

A bold and sleek look with 17-inch alloys, signature LED daylight running lamps and tail lights, sets the stage for the Astra and there is plenty to back up those good looks.

A 110kW turbocharged direct injection engine, with 240Nm of torque, delivers through a six-speed automatic transmission — the best pairing since Torvill and Dean.

German attention to detail and technological know-how has included a stop-start feature, which means the engine stops when you do at the lights and restarts when you touch the accelerator. This, along with electric power steering, means the Astra R will sip fuel like a Continental on champagne rather than a Kiwi drinking beer.

That technology also means the Astra R reaches Euro 6 emission levels, the highest possible.

Standard across the range are a rear view camera, electronic stability control, rear roof spoiler, sports seats, multi-function trip computer, automatic headlights and a six- speaker audio system.

An optional driver assist pack, which will be too tempting for many to resist, includes a leather steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, and an electrochromatic rear view mirror.

Making that package even more tempting is Holden Eye, which adds automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision alert with head-up warning and a following distance indicator — a peach of a package.

Holden has loaded the cabin with quality specifications. It will run either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto phone projection technology, putting them on the eight-inch colour touch screen in front of you.

It means that you can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music while still able to focus your attention on the road ahead.

Take a blind test in your Astra R by mentally removing the badge and you would think you were driving a more expensive European model, without naming names but looking at Germany and Italy.

Holden executives have been quoted as saying they see the Astra as one of the pillars of the Holden range going forward.

The Astra will come up to that mark easily.

HOLDEN is offering New Zealand drivers a touch of European styling and quality with its popular Astra, bringing the sophistication of the old continent to the new world.

The Astra brings a high level of quality to Holden NZ in the medium small segment. It took the European car of the year title as recently as 2016.

It is European through and through, designed in Germany and manufactured in Poland, the end product of a genuine and extended European bloodline.

A test drive in the entry level Astra R demonstrated the blend of ride comfort, styling, specifications and comfort that is the very essence of the Astra range.

A bold and sleek look with 17-inch alloys, signature LED daylight running lamps and tail lights, sets the stage for the Astra and there is plenty to back up those good looks.

A 110kW turbocharged direct injection engine, with 240Nm of torque, delivers through a six-speed automatic transmission — the best pairing since Torvill and Dean.

German attention to detail and technological know-how has included a stop-start feature, which means the engine stops when you do at the lights and restarts when you touch the accelerator. This, along with electric power steering, means the Astra R will sip fuel like a Continental on champagne rather than a Kiwi drinking beer.

That technology also means the Astra R reaches Euro 6 emission levels, the highest possible.

Standard across the range are a rear view camera, electronic stability control, rear roof spoiler, sports seats, multi-function trip computer, automatic headlights and a six- speaker audio system.

An optional driver assist pack, which will be too tempting for many to resist, includes a leather steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, and an electrochromatic rear view mirror.

Making that package even more tempting is Holden Eye, which adds automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision alert with head-up warning and a following distance indicator — a peach of a package.

Holden has loaded the cabin with quality specifications. It will run either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto phone projection technology, putting them on the eight-inch colour touch screen in front of you.

It means that you can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music while still able to focus your attention on the road ahead.

Take a blind test in your Astra R by mentally removing the badge and you would think you were driving a more expensive European model, without naming names but looking at Germany and Italy.

Holden executives have been quoted as saying they see the Astra as one of the pillars of the Holden range going forward.

The Astra will come up to that mark easily.

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