The new 2017 Holden Astra may not be rolling down an Australian production line, but the brand is here to reaffirm its Australian DNA. Like many new Holden products forthcoming, Australian engineers have taken on the tough job of making sure each is suited for local driving conditions.
The 2017 Holden Astra is said to embody Holden’s virtues of driving characteristics, sophisticated design and cutting-edge technology. Ian Butler, Holden’s Director of Vehicle Performance, stated in-depth work was completed for mass reduction, driving dynamics and more to ensure the success.
“Key mass reductions in the body-in-white, drivetrain and the suspension system have been critical in helping deliver a nimble, responsive and efficient car”, he said.
“Importantly, Holden engineers have also had a significant contribution to the development of Astra, including the co-development of the automatic transmission calibration with colleagues in GM Europe and GM North America, and creating a Holden-specific steering tune in both standard and sports modes.
“Our engineers also employed their gravel-road chassis controls experience, working with GM Europe engineers in Idiada, Spain, and at Holden’s proving ground in Lang Lang, Victoria, to develop smooth and progressive Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control systems.”
The 2017 Holden Astra has been passed off to local automotive media outlets to get their first taste of Holden’s new, Germanic portfolio. We’ll be watching closely to see if Holden engineers have kept their promise when the new Astra goes on sale December 1, 2016.