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Vauxhall Astra

Vauxhall’s announcement of prices and specs for the new Astra has to go down as one of the most baffling Press releases in history.

It contained prices of 43 cars, two of which had the same name, but there was a fiver difference in cost.

This was accompanied by 12 pictures, but all the cars featured had exactly the same registration plate, L1 VXL, which the company has owned for years.

As if that wasn’t bad enough all the cars were in just two colours, burgundy or silver and, as most of the shots were taken from the front, it was impossible to tell whether they were hatchbacks or estates, referred to as STs, which stands for Sports Tourer.

Never mind, at least all the pictures had captions on them. They should throw some light on the puzzle.

Fat chance of that. Every single picture was captioned: “New Vauxhall Astra.”

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I can tell you that the one above is definitely an ST and it’ll be one of either 41 or 43 new Astras are available to order from August 1, though the Press release doesn’t say when first deliveries will be. Maybe I’m supposed to know.

Choose from five different styles, SE, Business Edition Nav, SRi, SRi Nav, SRi VX Line Nav, Elite Nav and Ultimate Nav.

Prices start at £18,885, winding their way up through the range to £29,310.

One thing’s for sure. With a drag coefficient of 0.26 the Astra hatch is the most aerodynamic car in its class.

CO2 emissions start at 94g/km and peak at just 120g/km.

Choose from two petrol engines, a 1.2 and 1.4-litre with 110 and 145hp or a 1.5-litre diesel with 105hp or 122hp.