The new convertible from Opel/Vauxhall won’t be the Astra cabriolet. What Vauxhall will be producing is a new Astra-based convertible that will be built as a separate, standalone model similar to the Eos from Volkswagen. The launch for the new mid-sized Vauxhall/Opel convertible will take place in 2012. It will be seen next summer and it will go on sale in the UK later in the year.
There are not many details known about Vauxhall's new 2012 convertible but a design sketch was issued several months ago to give us an idea. For instance, a traditional canvas roof will be used by the new standalone cabrio instead of the Astra CC's folding hard top.
It also seems like the mass market has let go of its fascination for technically interesting models that have a bland appearance, says Car. In fact, numerous European car makers are doing away with the heavy folding hard tops and are converting their coupe-convertible successors into trad convertibles.
Mark Adams, GM’s European design chief, said that the new Astra-based convertible will have a new name. He said that Vauxhall and Opel are preparing to enter the third stage of his product renewal program.
The first phase is the current Insignia - 'a line in the sand car'. The second phase was using fresh, modern designs instead of the old ones. He cited the Meriva, Astra and new Zafira Tourer models. Adams also said that in 2012, we should expect a series of “much fancier cars.” He believes that the upcoming products to be launched will change what people think when they hear Vauxhall and Opel.