Motoring: All-new Astra hybrid a star performer

Opel continues its good run, transforming the Astra from an also-ran to a car vying for class honours in a competitive segment

The all-new Opel Astra Hybrid-e: the latest model makes much more of an impact than any of the hatchback’s previous five generations. Picture: Thorsten Weigl

The Opel brand has been subject to a tremendous amount of change in the last four years. The amalgamation with the vast Stellantis group, a return to profitable operation, a fast-paced renewal of its model range and an ambitious plan that will allow it to go fully electric in Europe by 2028 mark this period as one of the most frenetic in the company’s 160 years.

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