Holden Astra 3-door
The fifth generation AH Astra, based on the T-platform Opel Astra H came in November 2004 as a five-door hatchback only, manufactured in Belgium, selling alon...More »
Holden Astra 3-door
The fifth generation AH Astra, based on the T-platform Opel Astra H came in November 2004 as a five-door hatchback only, manufactured in Belgium, selling alongside a now Polish-built Astra TS sedan and hatchback. The sedan and hatchback TS Astra models carried "Astra Classic" badges, but were finally dropped in late 2005, replaced by the Holden Viva, a rebadged Daewoo Lacetti. Between 2003 and 2004, the Lacetti was marketed in Australia as a Daewoo before Holden withdrew the brand from Australia due to unsustainable sales.
Like the previous generation, the AH series was found to provides a "better than average" level of safety according to the 2008 Used Car Safety Ratings. At launch, AH Astras came with front- and side-impact airbags as standard inclusions, allowing the Astra to receive a four-star ANCAP crash safety rating. Higher-specified models were able to achieve the full five-stars due to the addition of standard safety equipment.
Holden suspended importation of the Astra on 20 April 2009, citing currency fluctuations and commodity price issues. Holden's import cessation, which resulted in no Astras arriving during June and July 2009, coincided with the introduction of the Holden Cruze, reported to be the direct replacement for the Holden Viva. On 31 August 2009, Holden confirmed that the cessation of Astra imports will remain of a permanent basis, with no intention of further imports of either the then current AH series or the next generation car. Holden stated their small car efforts would be focused on the Cruze.
Model year changes
MY05: the AH range expanded in August 2005 with the release of the Astra station wagon.
MY06.5: revisions from June 2006 added head-protecting side curtain airbags as standard equipment for the CDX. Also released was the turbodiesel hatchback, badged CDTi. Two versions of the diesel were offered: a 1.9-litre version with 110 kilowatts (150 hp) teamed with a six-speed manual transmission known as the Z19DTH, and a six-speed automatic model with the Z19DT, producing 88 kilowatts (118 hp). This was a first for the Astra in Australia, but not New Zealand where the Astra TS had previously been offered with a 1.7-litre turbodiesel.
MY07: models appeared in January 2007, coinciding with the release of the Astra SRi and Twin Top convertible. Both releases came with a 2.2-litre Z22YH petrol engine producing 110 kilowatts (150 hp), available with the six-speed manual or four-speed automatic.
MY07.5: in April 2007 the Astra line-up received a facelift including tweaked front grille, lights on all models, new 16 inch alloy design for CDX and CDTi models, and black tinted headlamps for sport variants. The 1.8-litre petrol engine also benefited from an upgrade to Z18XER with a power upgrade from 90 kilowatts (120 hp) to 103 kilowatts (138 hp). The 2.2-litre engines available in the SRi, and Twin Top remained the same, as did the 2.0-litre turbo in the Astra SRi Turbo
MY08: changes from October 2007 saw the deletion of the five-door SRi, leaving only the SRi coupé, and the Twin Top with the 2.2-litre engine.
MY08.5: minor, non-cosmetic update from May 2008 onwards. MY08.5 Astras received electronic stability control (ESC) as standard fitment across the entire lineup. ESC was previously limited to SRi and CDTi variants. This series also marked the return of the five-door SRi, although it was now standard with the 1.8- as opposed to the 2.2-litre petrol engine previously fitted. This engine change also affected the coupé SRi variant, but not the Twin Top. The Astra wagon range was also expanded to include the diesel engine option available already on the hatchback. Although only offered with an automatic transmission, the diesel CDTi wagon marked the return of the Astra wagon to the New Zealand market after its discontinuation after the TS series.
MY09: The CD and CDX hatchback and station wagon variants reverted to the black bezel projector-style headlamps.
CD: was the base model with the Z18XE engine (Z18XER after MY07.5)
CDX: added 16 inch alloy wheels, cruise control, a trip computer and six-stack CD player. Equipped with leather seats from MY08 onward.
CDXi: versions added eight-way power-adjustable front seats, climate control air conditioning and curtain airbags. Discontinued after MY06.
CDTi: diesel-powered version of the CDX.
SRi: was the sport model of the AH series Astra, equipped with leather seats, climate control and 17-inch alloy wheels.
SRi Turbo: was the 2.0-litre Z20LER engine.
60th Anniversary: editions were introduced to commemorate the 60th anniversary since the first Holden, the 48-215. 60th Anniversary models included 15-inch alloy wheels, steering wheel radio controls and ESC.
CD Equipe: These models gained the 15-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and rear power windows at no extra cost during 2006 and 2007.
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