Superb ride comfort, driving dynamics, and steering response, with reduced noise and vibrations are the main benefits gained from the Opel Astra chassis. The high torsional stiffness of the Opel Astra body provides optimum preconditions for excellent handling precision, ride comfort and extremely low levels of noise and vibration.
The broad stance ensures high stability in curves, the long wheelbase a smooth ride even on bumpy roads.
The unique rear suspension of the Opel Astra is Watt’s link in all models apart from the 1.6 Essentia which has compound crank.While the principle of Watt’s linkage has been known for over 200 years, more recently it has been used mostly in race cars. In effect the principle is straightforward.
A steel crossmember just behind the wheel centre line carries the two struts of the linkage. These are pivoted in the middle and the ends attached to the lower wheel carriers. The result is that any lateral impact on one side is immediately compensated by an equal amount of force on the other side, increasing stability. The major benefit of this compact system effectively prevents any lateral movement of the axle, providing a smoother ride and improved handling.
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*Fuel economy values are determined through CO2 measurement in accordance with the latest ECE R101/SANS 20101 standards, as prescribed by South African government, conducted in a controlled environment and were correct at the time this disclaimer was published, which is subject to change. The specifications are for comparison purposes between the different vehicle models available in the S.A market which are all tested in the same manner, specific driving cycles and controlled environment. Actual achieved fuel consumption during on-road driving will vary due to factors including driving style, vehicle load and tyre size, as well as road, traffic and ambient conditions.
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