Vauxhall is trying to show the world that they are not slowing down. The Vauxhall Astra Roadster has been set for a 2011 or 2012 release.
This will follow the debut of the five-door Astra, which should see the light of day at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The three-door model, and the Sport Tourer estate, will appear in 2010, while the Zafira MPV will likely be shown off in 2010 or 2011, according to the magazine.
Vauxhall's upcoming convertible could be built with performance in mind, in line with the Vauxhall VXR (Opel Insignia OPC). The VXR uses a 237 hp 2.0-liter turbo four cylinder, and has a stiff chassis, lightweight MacPherson struts, and ventilated brakes. Some call the VXR a competitor to the Audi S4.
Using the same engine, or one with similar abilities, the Astra Roadster would have access to more power than the entry level BMW Z4 roadster, and a bit less than the 258 hp BMW Z4 sDrive30i. However, the speculative report from the magazine suggests that the Roadster could be a price-break option for customers interested in the Audi TT, which gets about 250 hp from its 3.2-liter VR6. If released, Vauxhall would likely position the car to compete with the VW BlueSport and Scirocco CC. Auto Express suggests that the Roadster might get a re-tuned engine set to produce 270 horsepower, making it a real competitor to all four vehicles. A base 1.4-liter petrol engine producing 150 horsepower could also be available, as well as a turbodiesel 2.0-liter CDTI generating 170 hp.
It’s a good news of hydrogen car lover
Well Toyota drove one of its hydrogen fuel cell vehicles from Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia. Earlier that same year, a Toyota FCHV drove from Tokyo to Osaka on one tank of H2. The company is certainly in favor of at least researching the technology, and has repeatedly said that it will start series production of a fuel cell vehicle in the middle of the next decade. At one point, Toyota hinted that 2014 might mark the big year, but that's looking unlikely now. During a recent shareholders' meeting in Japan, Toyota VP Masatami Takimoto said that Toyota now plans to start production of this new car in 2015. That's still quite soon, and no one expects the hydrogen infrastructure problem to be solved by then.