Just announced: the new Opel Astra. Like the Insignia previously, and in fact the last gen Astra, Opel are showing their hopeless parent company how to design and make great cars. This is good design from GM’s European design studio, led by Mark Adams, nothing too radical or crude, just a quality piece of work that gives an expensive feel to what was once a cheap and rattly run-about for half of Europe. Looking forward to seeing the 3-door, which on the previous gen was a great looking design. A lot of other studios have created similar designs, such as the new Megane range, the Kia Pro_Ceed, and perhaps the originator of the look- the Mazda 3.