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Vauxhall confirms Astra prices at old model level

VAUXHALL has confirmed that the majority of new Astras will be pegged at the same - or even lower prices - than the current models. Only a handful of models - the majority of which go on sale on March 27 - are subject to an increase, but several upmarket derivatives actually come down in price.

As reported on Fleet NewsNet last week, the move was welcomed by fleet managers already extremely enthusiastic about the acclaimed new car.

Vauxhall's announcement deals a serious blow to Volkswagen and Ford ahead of the new Golf and Escort launches later this year. Fleet director Mike Bonner said: 'Reaction from fleet operators and the press has been quite outstanding. We are now pleased to be able to reinforce that positive story with an equally impressive message on pricing.'

Effectively, the 60bhp 1.4 Hi-torq is being replaced by the 75bhp 1.6 8-valve engine, while further up the range, 2.0 versions are being replaced by the new 1.8 litre unit. Two new trim levels - Club and CD - also slot into the line-up, with the latter replacing GLS level.

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