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Opel Astra Sports Tourer Production Starts at Ellesmere Port

Feb 16, 2016

  • First Astra Sports Tourer rolls off production line today
  • Smaller outside, bigger inside – up to 190 kg lighter than outgoing model
  • Opel OnStar, IntelliLink infotainment compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Opel News - Astra Sports Tourer production started today at the Ellesmere Port plant in the UK. Employees were joined by Plant Director Stefan Fesser (front row, fourth from right)

Rüsselsheim/Ellesmere Port.  Production of the new Astra Sports Tourer started today at the Opel/Vauxhall plant in Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom. Plant workers were joined by Peter Thom, Vice President Manufacturing Opel Group, and Stefan Fesser, Ellesmere Port Plant Director, as the first vehicle left the production line. Like its five-door hatch sibling, the Astra Sports Tourer is based on an all-new lightweight vehicle architecture with a new design, powertrains and technology.


The Sports Tourer further extends the dynamic lines of the five-door. The slightly arched sloping roofline gives the Sports Tourer a longer appearance, an effect that is further enhanced by the divided C-pillar. The rear view combines high functionality with elegant design. The Sports Tourer has a stable, robust and safe stance, the muscular rear-wheel arch contours and the divided rear light clusters add to this impression.

Opel News - Astra Sports Tourer production started today at the Ellesmere Port plant in the UK

The latest generation Sports Tourer has almost the same dimensions as the outgoing model with a length of 4,702 mm, a width of 1,871 mm (with exterior mirrors folded in) and a height of 1,510 mm – however, it offers much more space for passengers and luggage. The driver can enjoy 26 mm of additional headroom, passengers in the rear have 28 mm more legroom, providing more space and comfort. The Sports Tourer’s total cargo capacity is now 1,630 litres, thanks to more efficient packaging.


Power outputs of 70 kW/95 hp to 147 kW/200 hp are delivered by the range of highly efficient diesel and gasoline engines (fuel consumption and CO2 emissions combined: 6.2-3.4 l/100 km; 142-89 g/km).


Depending on the model and trim level, the Astra Sports Tourer is up to 190 kg lighter than its predecessor. The completely new vehicle architecture plays a major role in the weight reduction. Every component was checked for compact design and lightweight materials. The body shell weight alone was reduced by around 85 kilograms.