It all started back in 1963.

Opel is already taking orders for the latest generation Astra Sports Tourer and the brand is celebrating the market launch of the model by taking a look back at its history.

It all started in 1963 when the Opel Kadett A was introduced as the first station wagon of the company. It offered a relatively large trunk and room for six people thanks to a third row of seats. After three years on the market and nearly 650,000 sales, it was replaced by the larger and more powerful Kadett B in 1965. It gained a huge international success with export quota reaching 50 percent with customers from 120 countries around the globe.

The Kadett C and D followed in 1973 and 1979, quickly adding 3.8 million sales to the statistics. The last Kadett was released in 1984 – the same year it won the Car of the Year award. Featuring a drag coefficient of 0.35 and new engines, it became the bestselling Opel so far with 3,779,289 deliveries.

The Astra replaced the Kadett in 1991, bringing a special Caravan Club model with 115 horsepower (85 kilowatts) and an active belt system as standard on all versions. In 1998 the model was replaced by the second generation Astra with fully galvanized body and a range-topping Astra OPC Caravan variant that hit the road in 2002.

The Astra H made its first public appearance in 2004 with a rich engine lineup of 12 engines with power ranging from 90 hp (66 kW) to 240 hp (172 kW). The J generation debuted in 2010 with a wide range of safety systems and highly improved ergonomics.

The new, lighter 2016 Astra Caravan K arrived in Frankfurt last year and reached customers of the brand this month with a starting price of $20,719 (€18,260).

Check out the press release section below for more details about the Kadett/Astra generations.

Source: Opel

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