AS­TRA GOES TOUR­ING

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE -

Here is the first of­fi­cial snap of the As­tra Sports Tourer es­tate, which will be on sale be­fore the end of the year.

Like the five-door hatch­back model, it is built at Ellesmere Port and has an up­per body en­gi­neered by Vaux­hall in Bed­ford­shire. It shares the hatch­back’s long wheel­base with an 11-inch longer load ca­pac­ity. Max­i­mum load vol­ume rises slightly by 30 litres. The rear seats fold away at the press of a but­ton in­side the load area. The chas­sis has been re­tuned for po­ten­tially heav­ier loads.

There are four petrol en­gines and two diesels at launch, with a 94bhp 1.3 diesel with stop-start ig­ni­tion com­ing in 2011.

For cus­tomers who tow, the Sports Tourer will be avail­able with Vaux­hall’s elec­tronic “Trailer Sta­bil­ity As­sist sys­tem”, which sub­tly brakes in­di­vid­ual wheels to main­tain con­trol of the trailer/car­a­van in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions. Tues­day: An elec­tric Vaux­hall Am­pera, on sale in 2012, will start the “long­est sin­gle road trip ever for an elec­tric ve­hi­cle in the UK”, a claim open to de­bate. The tar­get on a sin­gle charge is to drive from Vaux­hall Lu­ton to Vaux­hall Ellesmere Port – more than 170 miles.

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