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Someone takes home an Opel Astra worth €23,070 from one YouTube video

In today’s world, a lot of people are making money with the use of social media, through blogs, YouTube vlogs, and Instagram posts as they get paid by billion-dollar companies. Yes, people make a huge amount of money from this, but it takes work too - and I mean tons of time and effort, and followers of course.

So, speaking of YouTube videos, a guy named Yuri Schuurkes is the first person to buy an Opel Astra with the money he earned solely from the video-sharing website. You’ll probably ask how he did that so quickly. Here it goes, he joined an ongoing campaign called “Pay by View” which lets anyone upload a video with an attempt to gain a number of views. The more views you get, the more chance you’ll get to win one of the six prizes, with three of those being cars. Not a bad contest to join, huh?

It can’t just be any video you wish to upload though. Like any other contests, there are requirements they have to fulfill before their video gets qualified. In this case, participants are meant to produce a video that shows them taking one of the Opel Online Editions for a test drive. So what Yuri Schuurkes decided to do was to dress up as Spiderman, how timely as Spiderman: Homecoming is scheduled for release early next month. Anyway, so dressed up in a superhero outfit, the guy managed to reach a 922,800 view count, which gave him the privilege to take home a car worth €23,070 ($25,800) - a brand new Astra five-door hatchback. He first uploaded the video on May 7, and as of today, he has reached up to 1.3 million views - thanks to Spidey!

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Opel Astra is named 2016 Car of the Year at Geneva Motor Show

The new 2016 Opel Astra has been hailed "Car of the Year (COTY) 2016" as it has received 309 points from a competent jury of 58 automotive journalists coming from 22 European countries. The Volvo XC90 and the Mazda MX-5 lagged behind the Opel Astra with 294 and 202 points respectively.

Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann received the award presented by COTY President Hakan Matson on the first press day of the most-awaited 86th Geneva International Motor Show. The Opel Astra emerged victorious from seven finalists and over 40 contenders from various car segments.

According to Neumann, the Opel Astra signifies a new era for Opel and its victory indicates that things are going well for the company, saying that receiving such recognition is an honor. In its past eight editions, three Opel vehicles have won the prestigious award.

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2016 Opel Astra TCR launched at the circuit Jules Tacheny in Mettet

Opel has finally unveiled its new Astra TCR race touring car. The debut took place during the International Touring Car Racing event in Mettet, Belgium. The Astra TCR made its debut blazing through the Jules Tacheny circuit.

To summarize, the new Opel Astra TCR is a unique and hybrid vehicle that puts together the concepts of safety and racing capabilities in the body of a production car. The result is a car that can hold its own effectively in both short races and in technically demanding competitions like the Nürburgring 24-hour competition.

Central to the Astra’s capabilities is a 2-liter turbocharged engine that has been rated at 330 hp. Matching this exceptional power rating is a torque of 420 Nm.

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2016 Opel Astra Sports Tourer makes global debut at Frankfurt motor show

Opel unveiled to the global auto market its latest compact class station wagon – the all-new Astra Sports Tourer – at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show alongside the hatchback version of the next generation Astra. Donning an athletic appearance, the Astra Sports Tourer is provided with the same innovative development features found on the Opel Astra.

Since the all-new Astra Sports Tourer is underpinned by lightweight vehicle architecture, it can be up to 200 kilograms lighter than the outgoing model but it is still as practical and as dynamic as it has always been. To achieve this, Opel implemented a compact design both in and outside of the Astra Sports Tourer.

Opel also used high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels and implemented modifications to the axles, to the front and rear of the vehicle. As a result, the entry-level Astra Sports Tourer – at around 1,263 kilograms (including driver) -- is some 130 kilograms lighter than its outgoing counterpart.

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Opel marked a new important step in its history with the introduction of the 2016 Astra K. Up to 200 kilograms lighter than its predecessor, the 2016 Opel Astra K will have its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and will goon sale later this year.

According to the manufacturer, the next-generation Astra is based on an all-new lightweight vehicle architecture and the design makes it more athletic than ever before. Opel says that the bodyshell weight was reduced by 20 percent from 357 to 280 kg, while chassis related measures resulted in another 50 kg of weight reduction.

When it comes to powertrains, the German company promises outputs that range from 95 hp (70 kW) to 200 hp (147 kW). The 1.0-liter Ecotec Direct Injection Turbo (105 hp/77 kW) is the base level gasoline engine, while the 1.6-liter CDTI producing 95 hp (70 kW) is the entry-level engine for diesel fans.

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Opel has made its new Astra more competitive in the compact car segment by making it more spacious, more agile, and lighter. The brand has released the first official image of the next-generation Astra, which will be going up against the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus. Opel considers this new model to be its key in sustaining profitability after having incurred so many losses.

The picture shown is of a heavily camouflaged car, which CEO Karl-Thomas says will have a “fantastic design” and will have a “very affordable price.” He also said during a video presentation that this Astra will “redefine” the segment with its connectivity that’s best in its class, emotional design, and German engineering.

This Astra has shorter dimensions but its cabin will be significantly more spacious. In the statement, Opel said that the Astra’s weight has been reduced, making it more frugal and more agile. The Astra will be available with the latest fuel-efficient engines from the brand. Vauxhall, Opel's sister brand that’s based in the UK, will also be selling the Astra.

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The 2014 Opel Astra OPC Extreme became official today ahead of its world debut that will take place in March, at the Geneva Motor Show. According to the German carmaker, the new Astra OPC Extreme was developed on the Nurburgring Nordschleife race track and it is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo engine that delivers over 300 hp.

What’s more interesting is that the new hot hatch is equipped with all the key high-tech components from its racing peer, the Opel Astra OPC Cup. In fact, the Astra OPC Extreme was developed directly from the Cup version of and promises to bring pure racing technology to the road. Opel says that the engine found under the Extreme’s carbon fiber hood is the most powerful four-cylinder unit the company has ever produced.

The engine is bolted to a six-speed manual gearbox that sends the power through a limited-slip differential. Thanks to the carbon fiber components, the Astra OPC Extreme is 100 kilograms lighter than the standard Astra OPC. Opel used carbon composite for the rear wing, the diffuser, front spoiler, hood, suspension cross-bracing, the engine cover, complete wheels, rear wheelhouse ventilation and roof.

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The Opel/Vauxhall Astra could now be availed with the new generation 1.6 CDTi engine, regarded as the brand’s cleanest mid-size diesel. Opel/Vauxhall is set to unveil the new diesel engine in the Astra at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The new diesel engine is available in two power outputs: 110PS and 136PS, in both hatchback and Sports Tourer body styles.

The 110PS variant returns 76.3mpg combined with emission of just 97g of carbon dioxide per, while the 136PS variant achieves 72.4mpg combined and emits 104g of CO2 per km. The new 1.6 CDTi is considered as one of the best engines in its class in terms of noise and vibration -- all thanks to a combustion process made efficient with multiple injection, re-designed parts and acoustic covers.

The Euro 6-compliant engine is also super-refined, clean and powerful. Efficiency is improved by a high-pressure common rail injection system as well as a lean NOx trap exhaust-after treatment (LNT).

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Opel will be taking the wraps off the new Opel Astra OPC Extreme at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. A genuine race-bred performance car developed on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, the new Opel Astra OPC Extreme is propelled by a 2.0-liter turbo engine that delivers more than 300 hp of output. Sharing all the key high-tech components from the Opel Astra OPC Cup race car, the Astra OPC Extreme is designed to bring pure racing technology from the track to the road.

Opel is planning to produce the new Astra OPC Extreme in low numbers should the concept gain positive reaction from the public.

Sitting underneath a carbon fiber bonnet, the 300-plus hp 2.0-liter turbo gasoline all-aluminum engine employs direct injection and variable camshaft phasing to become the most powerful four-cylinder unit that Opel has built so far. Power is sent to the wheels through a six-speed manual transmission with limited-slip differential.

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Opel updated its Astra model for the 2014 model year, after last year it restyled the entire Astra family. For the 2014MY, Opel Astra receives a new 1.6-liter CDTI diesel engine and the IntelliLink infotainment system with Bluetooth interface.

Opel's new 1.6-liter CDTI engine delivers 135 hp (100 kW) and 320 Nm of torque and is already compliant with the Euro 6 emissions regulation as it emits only 104 g/km CO2. Despite this, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 10.3 seconds and pushes the vehicle to a top speed of 200 km/h or 124 mph.

The new 1.6 CDTI for the Opel Astra is not just an amply powered diesel engine but also a power plant that is so quiet that it seems that it is just whispering.

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Opel it will halt building its Astra compact hatchback at its Ruesselsheim site in Germany in 2015 to pave way for the production of the Zafira minivan. Opel is currently building the Zafira at its Bochum site that is set for closure by the end of 2014. Opel’s Gliwice plant in Poland, meanwhile, will hike Astra output to offset the lost volume, according to Opel spokesman Ulrich Weber.

He described the moves as a normal transition from one model to the other and a process that will “evolve step by step." According to Handelsblatt German business daily, the Ruesselsheim site will halt producing the Astra before the second half of 2015. The Ruesselsheim site built around 50,000 Astras in 2012, similar to the number of Zafiras produced in Bochum, Weber said.

The Astra is targeted against the Volkswagen Golf compact. Opel will produce the next-generation Astra in Gliwice and Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom, starting in 2015. Ellesmere Port workers have agreed to wage cuts as part of a labor agreement that lasts until early 2020s.The site, operated by Opel sister-company Vauxhall, employs 2,122 people and builds three types of Astra variants and has an annual capacity of 187,000 vehicles. 

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Opel believes that its new Astra four-door compact sedan will boost its growth in Turkey. Opel sales chief Alfred Rieck released a statement right before the opening of the biennial Istanbul auto show. He said that the company is targeting sales of over 50,000 cars in Turkey and to widen its share from 6.0% to an estimated 6.3%.

Ozkan Keklik, managing director for Opel in Turkey, said that the Astra, which has a starting price in Germany of 18,270 euros ($23,700), is believed to be the key to the success of this strategy.

Keklik said that the demand for compact cars with a separate luggage compartment is strong in this market. Opel said that last year, its total Turkish market sales were nearly 911,000 vehicles.

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Opel is the first ever automaker to use an iPhone to display preselected data from the CAN bus (Controller Area Network) for further analysis. All the electronic control units in the vehicle are connected via the CAN bus, or its central system. To get access to CAN bus data, all that Apple smartphone users have to do is to download the OPC PowerApp an application or App from the AppStore for only 0.79 euro.

The application will make its global debut in the Astra OPC with its 206 kW/280 hp output, the sporty leader of Opel’s compact car lineup. The CAN-bus gathers the signals from the various vehicle areas. To date, just highly specialized workshops could access these data by using specialist software. But now, Opel is giving the OPC PowerApp to owners so that they get the chance to get selected, performance-related data.

But even after the car is turned off, the OPC PowerApp can still offer up to 60 different data, such as engine boost pressure, throttle position, lateral acceleration or engine torque. These are easily available in real-time on the iPhone but may also be stored to be looked at later.

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Opel unveiled the all-new Astra Sedan, the fourth version of its popular model, which joins the five-door hatchback, the Sports Tourer station wagon and the GTC. By the time of its launch in June, the Astra Sedan will be available with a choice of seven engines: four gasoline units (74 kW/100 hp to 132 kW/180 hp), of which three can be combined with a six-speed automatic and three diesel engines (70 kW/95 hp to 96 kW/130 hp).

Moreover, Opel will offer two fuel-efficient Astra notchback 1.7 CDTI ecoFLEX models with Start/Stop system which combine powerful outputs of 81 kW/110 hp or 96 kW/130 hp with diesel consumption figures as low as 3.7 liters per 100 kilometers.

This means only 99g/km CO2 emissions. The new Astra notchback sedan (Length/Width/Height: 4,658/1,814/1,476 mm) promises to offer more interior space thanks to a wheelbase of 2,685 mm and a big trunk which comes with 460 liters of volume - 90 liters more than the five-door model. Regarding the design, we do like the new sedan as it looks way better than the old model.

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Vauxhall has confirmed that it will produce its next-generation Astra compact car at its Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant in Cheshire.  The Ellesmere Port site will also serve as the lead plant of two European factories that will assemble Astra. Vauxhall’s decision came after the approval of the new labour agreement with the company’s workforce recently.

 According to the agreement, the Ellesmere Port plant will employ several creative operating solutions to improve flexibility and reduce fixed costs, thus substantially improving the site’s competitiveness. The agreement should result in making the Ellesmere Port plant into one of the most competitive plants in the Vauxhall/Opel manufacturing network.

The Ellesmere Port plant will begin the assembly of the Astra in 2015, utilizing three shifts to make the site operate profitably at full capacity. The plan calls for the assembly of at least 160,000 vehicles every year. The agreement between Vauxhall and its employees will take effect in 2013 and will remain in force through the life of the next-generation Astra in the early 2020s. 

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Opel is considering shifting some production of its Astra compact car to Poland from one of its plants in Germany, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports, citing source privy to the works council and labor unions. According to the report, Opel is planning to shift an annual production of 10,000 Astra cars from its Ruesselsheim factory in Germany to Gliwice site in southern Poland.

Opel currently builds 30,000 Astra cars annually, as well as the Insignia mid-sized model, Ruesselsheim. With the transfer, Opel would effectively reduce the capacity of the Ruesselsheim plant to 20,000 cars annually. Opel is under heavy pressure from parent General Motors Co. to reduce costs and excess capacity to cope with falling sales and massive losses in Europe.

GM’s European units, which consist of the Opel and Vauxhall brands, posted $747 million in losses before interest and tax in 2011. In the first quarter, Opel/Vauxhall car sales dipped 15.8 percent to 227,590 in the countries that are members of the European Union and the European Free Trade Association, according to industry body ACEA.

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Opel/Vauxhall’s 155mph Astra VXR/OPC hot hatch excellent handling is attributed mostly to the German-built Drexler limited-slip differential that’s the first of its kind to be used in a production front-wheel-drive road car. The differential uses circular plates that lock to prevent the 276bhp VXR from spinning away power in corners and over cambers when the car is being driven hard.

Since the 1960s, the plate-type diffs have been used in motorsport in front-drive cars. But typically, they work with an aggressive action and are challenging to drive. But then, Vauxhall said that the Drexler Motorsport unit is incredibly easy to drive.

VXR boss Volker Strycek, a former touring car racer, said that there’s “very little snatching of the wheel” and that it has been tuned so that the operation wouldn’t be felt. In addition, Strycek has driven front-drive cars that utilize torque-sensing front diffs like the Ford Focus RS. He also said that the VXR has much better steering. The VXR’s HiPerStrut front suspension, which decouples the front wheels from the steering axis, aids in reducing torque steer.

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When Vauxhall’s most powerful Astra VXR ever is displayed at the Geneva Motor Show, it will have noticeably lighter front seats with the use of the latest in technology. It also now has a lower seating position and improved side support to manage the increased cornering loads. The new front seats of the Astra VXR are formed using an injection moulded sheet in the seat shells.

This decreases the weight by 45% compared to a conventional shell. The sheet uses a composite material built from polyamide and fiberglass. Because it is strong and agile, it only has to be 2-3 mm deep. This makes it considerably lighter.

The driver and front passenger are brought lower to the Astra VXR’s centre of gravity, which means that the new seats are mounted 17 millimetres lower than in the Astra GTC.

Read the entire article Opel/Vauxhall release details of 2012 Astra GTC OPC Recaro lightweight seats

Opel/Vauxhall unveiled today the all-new 2012 Astra GTC OPC, the most powerful Astra ever. Set to go on sale in summer 2012, the new OPC variant of the Astra GTC will be powered by a 2.0-liter direct injection turbo gasoline engine delivering 206 kW/280 hp and a maximum torque of 400 Nm. This engine will make the vehicle the fastest Astra, with a top speed of 155 mph or 250 km/h.

We do admit that the power delivered by the engine is too much for the front wheels as the current version of the Astra GTC OPC is not very stable.

But, according to Opel, it seems that the whole chassis of the sports car is designed to deliver power, without comprise and it was tested and polished on the Northern Loop (“Nordschleife”) of the Nürburgring race track in Germany under the supervision of the Opel brand ambassador Joachim (“Jockel”) Winkelhock. Moreover, the car features the high tech front-wheel suspension, HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut), but also the fully-adaptive FlexRide chassis control system.

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Opel has released more details about its new GTC range a month after it announced its pricing. The car is expected to undercut rivals such as the Scirocco by a fair margin. Opel has started to take orders for this vehicle, which offers a more advanced front suspension setup so that the chassis is better at sticking to the road.

Several features were borrowed from the 325 hp Insignia OPC, including the HiPerStruts used on the front axle. There isn’t anything remarkable on its back but there were upgrades done on the GTC’s distinctive Watt’s link/compound crank rear end. The engine range for the GTC consists of powertrains that offer from 120 to 180hp.

They are expected to stick better to the road than the regular 3-door. Michael Harder, Opel engineering’s supervisor for vehicle dynamics, said that armed with the GTC’s dynamics, it aims to surpass the best in class.

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