2017 Holden Astra sedan


The new Opel-sourced Astra went on sale at the start of December, effectively replacing the Australian-made Cruze, and was sold on its premium, European heritage.

However, from launch only the models powered by the 1.4-litre petrol engine were available with an automatic transmission, with the higher-specification models equipped with the more potent 1.6-litre petrol engines offered in manual-only until March 2017.

Registration figures from VFACTS for 2016 showed the Astra models accounted for only 0.2 per cent of the sub-$40,000 small-car segment, while the now ceased Cruze captured a 6.3 per cent share.

The most popular small-car model, the Toyota Corolla, had a 20.5 per cent share of the segment.


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