In 1936 Opel began producing the now legendary Kadett (or as an old colleague used to say, Kadettilac) which was eventually succeeded by the Opel Astra in 1991. Yesterday, at the Bochum, Germany production plant the ten millionth Opel Astra rolled off the production line equipped with special feature to mark the occasion. The milestone Astra is a Silver Lightning Astra Station Wagon 1.7 CDTI.
The first generation Opel Astra (1991 – 1998) is still the most successful generation with 4.13 million units sold, followed by the second generation (1998 – 2004) with 3.8 million units with the third and current generation (2004 - now) hot on their heels with already 1.9 million units sold and over 500,000 last year alone.
The Opel Astra got its name thanks to the Vauxhall brand in England who had renamed the Kadett to Astra in 1980 already when the fourth generation of the Kadett was launched. Currently the Opel Astra is built in eight plants on two continents, namely Germany, Belgium, UK, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Brazil and Serbia.