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Ride In The Luxury Of A Vauxhall Astra Vauxhall, General Motors' British subsidiary, has been manufacturing the Astra range of cars since 1979. It was the first model by the manufacturer to feature a four-wheel drive. The Vauxhall Astra came in both three and five-door formats and featured three body styles estate, hatchback and saloon. Voted Car of the Year in 1980, it was a favourite with motorists in the United Kingdom, quickly becoming the second most popular small family car. Over the years, the automobile continued to be manufactured as different versions and with a number of important safety features added, inclusive of side impact bars. The Mark 6 version became the United Kingdom's best selling car in June 2010. Today's Vauxhall Astra has the same appeal as its forerunners with an exterior design that implies sturdiness. The wraparound instrument panel in the interior creates a sense of increased space. The liberal use of chrome brings a modern look to the driving area, while practical placing of control elements on the centre console makes for better driver orientation. In terms of performance, the car's 1.6 turbo engine provides a powerful thrust that can take it from zero to sixty miles per hour in less than eight seconds. The handling is superb, and a comfortable ride is experienced at all speeds and on all types of road surfaces. Not only can it comfortably seat five adults, but its luggage compartment can accommodate up to1,165 litres of baggage. Two new colours - Flaming Yellow and Seashell have been introduced, while another, Morello Red and a new leather trim, is available as an option. This, however, is limited to another model that comes with a driver's seat that can be adjusted six ways. The new Vauxhall Astra offers buyers a high level of innovation and technology with the inclusion of multiple airbags, air conditioning, CD player with MP3 connector, electronicallycontrolled front windows and mirrors, remote control central locking, cruise control, and steering wheel mounted audio controls. The new chassis allows for an improved ride and steering response, with a reduction in noise and vibration. Further, the wheelbase has been increased by 71 mm to provide a solid platform for the suspension. Buyers also have a choice of three and five-door and estate models, and six petrol and four diesel engines from which to choose. The three-door hatchback, with dimensions of 15 feet three inches, is actually longer and wider than the five-door, and is fitted with 18-inch tyres on alloy wheels. Data: