Prestigious award from leading automotive journalists presented at
Geneva Motor Show

Rüsselsheim/Geneva. The new Opel Astra is “Car of the Year 2016” and
therefore the winner of the most renowned award in the industry! The
58-strong jury of automotive journalists from 22 European countries
awarded the Astra a total of 309 points.

The “Car of the Year 2016” trophy was presented to Opel CEO Dr.
Karl-Thomas Neumann by COTY president Hakan Matson on the eve of the
first press day at the 86th Geneva International Motor Show.

The Astra emerged as the winner from a field of seven COTY finalists.
More than 40 new cars, from sporty roadsters to premium limousines and
sports utility vehicles, were among the original contenders.

“The new Astra represents the start of a new era at Opel and victory in
this year’s ‘Car of the Year’ competition shows that we are on the right
track,” said Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “It is an honor for us to receive
such a prestigious award from leading automotive journalists.”

Three new Opel models have been named “Car of the Year” in its last
eight editions. The new Astra has already won international awards such
as SAFETYBEST 2015 and the 2015 Golden Steering Wheel since its launch
last fall. It also received the maximum five stars for its performance
in the Euro NCAP crash test.

Both the five-door and the Sports Tourer variants of the new titleholder
are based on a completely new lightweight vehicle architecture. Power is
delivered exclusively by the newest-generation diesel and gasoline
engines. Smartphone integration and the groundbreaking personal
connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar enable ultra-modern
connectivity. The Astra also continues Opel’s tradition of introducing
features previously only known from higher segments into the compact
segment, such as IntelliLux LED® matrix light.

The European Car of the Year award was founded in 1964. This year’s
victory takes Opel’s total “Car of the Year” tally to five. The Opel
Kadett E was the first car from Rüsselsheim to win the award in 1985.
Two years later, the Omega A once again took the pan-European accolade.
In recent years, Opel has come out on top twice – with the Insignia in
2009 and the Ampera in 2012.

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