Under the skin
WHATIS IT? Opel Astra CC
Why the fuss? It might come
When is it here? Not
$40,000 WHEN Opel opens in Australia next year, on its own and not as part of the GM Holden family, it will need some impact cars to draw customers. The Astra is a long-term favourite and there will be several models, most likely including the CC shown here in Carparazzi scoop pictures. The new Cabrio is undergoing its first tests in Germany and is set for summer 2012 in Europe, so could easily be coming to Australia late next year or early in 2013.
Opel Astra CC
VOLKSWAGENPASSAT CC The classy Passat CC will have a mid-life update on the Volkswagen stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The key change is the new family look of the nose, and this Carparazzi picture points to new wheels and reshaped lights as well.
BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT Updated nose and tail work will identify the 2012 version of the Bentley Continental GT Convertible, out for tests now in Europe. Even the rear-view mirrors have been cleaned up in a minor rework to go public next month — perhaps with a turbo diesel V8 option.
AUDI S7 Big wheels and enlarged air intakes in the nose point to a go-faster version of the Audi A7 Sportback. The German coupe has been doing well globally and Audi is nearly ready with the S7, designed to sit above the A7 and below the V10-powered RS7.