The greatest thing about the Vauxhall Astra VXR is its license plate

We took a quick glance again at the license plate on the Vauxhall Astra VXR we unveiled to you in today's Morning Shift and did a double take. Ignoring, for a moment, the 280 HP and 290 lb-ft of torque, this may actually be our new favorite thing about GM's upcoming hot hatch. » 11/04/11 12:30pm 11/04/11 12:30pm

Vauxhall Astra Stripdown at Strangely Regimented Scottish Junkyard

The first self-service junkyard I ever experienced was an Oakland outfit called U-Pull-It. Its logo featured a Q*bert-esque alien raygunning parts and the whole outfit was housed in a roofless abandoned factory building. This U-Pull-it in Scotland isn't like that. » 7/17/10 11:00am 7/17/10 11:00am

New Vauxhall Astra Interior Is Definitely Not Saturn-Like

We've already seen the 2010 Opel Astra and its Volkswagen-y nose and a touch of Mazda3 hiney, but this is the first look at the Vauxhall re-badge and a first glimpse at what looks like a handsome Insignia-like interior. » 6/18/09 4:15pm 6/18/09 4:15pm

Nine Generations Of Vauxhall Small Cars: From Viva To Chevette To Astra

Along with teaser shots of the new Astra » 9/08/08 6:00pm 9/08/08 6:00pm for Vauxhall and Opel came this shot displaying the first nine generations of the car — assuming you include the Vauxhall Viva and Chevette. It's an interesting walk down memory lane for a company that's manufactured an average of 100,000 cars a year in this sector since 1963. …

New Opel Astra Teaser Images Appear, Blurrier Than A Sasquatch

GM has released a set of vague sketches to tease those European brethren among us who are anxiously awaiting the launch of the new Astra » 9/08/08 4:30pm 9/08/08 4:30pm, which we're not expecting until the 2009 . The new hatch is set to draw inspiration from the , which is probably the and can be seen blocking the view of a blurry Astra. Whether or …

2010 Opel Astra Setting Sail For Somewhere

This 2010 Opel Astra looks to be strapped down and ready to ship out. Maybe it's on its way to America, where we'll know it as the 2011 Saturn Astra. Wherever it's going, expect the likes of the new 2009 VW Golf, and other 5-door hatchbacks to take notice. Of course, they'll also have station wagon, 3-door, and… » 8/08/08 1:20pm 8/08/08 1:20pm

Vauxhall Astra VXR Nürburgring Edition, Now With More Nürburgernress

All of those would-be Saturn Astra tuners could do worse than aping the Astra VXR Nürburgring Edition, which is the speedier trim level of the Vauxhall version of GM's global small car platform. Mechanically similar to the VXR, the hot hatch is good for 240 hp, enough to propel it to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds and an… » 12/18/07 10:45am 12/18/07 10:45am