The 2012 Vauxhall Astra convertible 0

Details have been revealed about the upcoming Vauxhall Astra Convertible, due to be released next year.

Being a convertible, sales are expected to start in the summer in an attempt to boost sales. The release date hasn’t yet been confirmed but some sources have said that the car will be released in 2013.

The fact that it won’t be named after the Vauxhall Astra is perhaps the most significant piece of news released about the car. Similar to the Volkswagen EOS, it will be a standalone vehicle rather than known as the new Astra Cabriolet.

Design Head at General Motors, Mark Adams statement confirm the companies’ intentions to separate the new Vauxhall Astra Convertible away from the current one. He claimed that Vauxhall are moving on in terms of design into a new generation. He told CAR Magazine “This car demands a new name – it will look nothing like an Astra”. He also said “Next up in 2012 are a string of much fancier cars, new launches will change the perception people have of Vauxhall and Opel”.

From the look of the new Vauxhall Ampera due to be released soon, his statements have plenty of substance. Is Vauxhall’s new generation of design intended to change everyone’s perception of the company? Are they looking at a new marketing strategy for the future? Could the Insignia and Ampera be the basis for what is to come? If so we can’t wait for the new generation of Vauxhall cars.

Earlier in the year images of the car were revealed in form of sketches created by Vauxhall. From what we can see the car looks completely independent in terms of design from the actual Astra. The rear has a wonderful double exhaust at the back giving off a brilliant sporty from the spy shots not too much was given away. Although what we saw isn’t the finished product, from what has been given away so far, the statements of Mark Adams as well as the direction in which Vauxhall seem to be going we believe the new Vauxhall Astra convertible will look great.

Everything is at an early stage at the moment, so prices haven’t been officially released. Some expert sources have predicted however that car could be worth anything from £20,000 plus.