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Vauxhall Astra

A popular vehicle from general motors that has appeared in many guises; as an Opel recycled as a Daewoo and now as a Chevrolet Lacetti. It isn't a bad car but it doesn't hold a candle to the Ford Focus. Mind you I drive a Hyundai so what the heck do I know Cool

Vauxhall Astra

A popular vehicle from general motors that has appeared in many guises; as an Opel recycled as a Daewoo and now as a Chevrolet Lacetti. It isn't a bad car but it doesn't hold a candle to the Ford Focus. Mind you I drive a Hyundai so what the heck do I know Cool

comments (12)

Nice to see an Astra and I agree with you the Ford Focus is a better. I drive a jeep 4x4 which is a real gas guzzler. smile
Bill Phillips: This is quite an old Astra. The new one is quite stylish but still no Focus smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Dec 2011, 02:48
It appears the adaptability of the vehicle is about to be testing by an attempt on a channel crossing, Bill...if it succeeds then you Ford Groupies might have to eat your words, Maaaaaate!
Bill Phillips: I never was a Ford fan until I had the first of my Mondeos. That was a very well designed and engineered car, but the gem was the first Focus. They got it spot on and why anyone who has driven a Focus would ever want a VW golf is beyond me. These days i drive a Hyundai Matrix! Sit up and beg lots of room for books, cheap and cheerful!
I've not seen a Astra before, but am familiar with Opel and Daewoo - I'm a Subaru girl myself! Subaru Love!
Bill Phillips: You don't see a lot of Subarus hers. We seem to be overrun with 3 series BMWs which are just over hyped and overpriced!
My car gets me from A to B , holds all my junk and doesn't drink excessively.
Bill Phillips: Mine fits the same function. I confess when I was on the road the Focus was a joy to drive and so was the Mondeo.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Dec 2011, 08:49
The scope of your automotive knowledge has left me speechless
Bill Phillips: That is an unexpected bonus then
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 17 Dec 2011, 08:55
You could have put any name on it and I would have been none the wiser. You could fit what I know about cars on a pin head. But i can change a wheel.
Bill Phillips: If you can change a wheel anything else is a bonus
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Dec 2011, 09:04
Never cared for Astras; later on in business I found out that Vauxhall were such cheapskates! Ford Europe was German led and their cars were well engineered.

The gritty fly spatter filter works well with the photo!
Bill Phillips: Why do I get the feeling of being damned with faint praise gringringrin

I have never liked Astras. The Mondeo and focus marked the era of Ford making decent cars.

The team that designed the Focus as the replacement for the dire final incarnation of the Escort

People still talk about the original Focus. They should talk about the team who created it, but that never happens in commercial design and engineering. Instead here’s an alphabetical name check for 15 of them. Thanks for the ride.

The team that changed family cars

Joe Bakaj Noise, vibration and harshness manager, now head of product development for Ford of Europe

Will Boddie Vice-president, Ford Dunton Small and Medium Vehicle Centre, now retired

John Doughty Chief designer for Focus, now left Ford

Ulrich Eichhorn Head of vehicle dynamics, now Bentley’s chief engineer

Rose Mary Farenden Project manager, now Rolls-Royce plc

Gunnar Herrmann Body engineering manager, now vehicle line director Ford global C‑segment

Wolfgang Kahlmeier Package manager, now retired

Al Kammerer Vehicle line director, now retired

Franz-Josef Laermann Manager vehicle engineering, now retired after being Ford of Europe’s engineering director

Claude Lobo Manager exterior design for Ford of Europe, now retired and living in France

Jac Nasser Chief executive resigned from Ford in 2001, now chairman of mining company BHP Billiton

Richard Parry-Jones Product development head, now runs his own consultancy and is a senior UK government adviser

Tony Pixton Chief programme engineer, now at Mazda

Michael Salonski Package supervisor for Focus, now left Ford

Rolf Vorderbruck Vehicle concepts, now retired
I had 3 Vauxhall Vivas one after the other, many years ago - the first was great because the company was trying to overcome its reputation for rust, but by no. 3 there were so many problems that I only had it for six months and switch to Saab smile
Bill Phillips: I had a Viva (the mk3) briefly. Probably one of the worst cars I have ever driven!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Dec 2011, 10:08
I know three of your list of names, Mazda is part of Ford - or at least was. I don't keep up. NVH was my company's speciality - but not sure we had the focus. We did the Fiesta and the CD27 -the Cortina/Sierra/Mondeo family.

Not faint praise - I was serious!
Bill Phillips: It is interesting that he moment they stopped the accountants from strangling the company they started producing good cars.
This poor Vauxhall looks as if it has been abandoned, Bill.
Bill Phillips: It does look a bit forlorn
I never had a company car but got to use one of these quite regularly going out and about for work and found it to be quite a good car. I have never driven a Focus so can't compare the two.
Bill Phillips: I have driven various incarnations of the Astra and had a focus as a company car. The focus was a far better car as far as I am concerned. I buy my own these days and I bought a Hyuandai was cheap and does what i want!
... and you can park it

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