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Holden Astra Sedan Launches with Byron Bay Test Drive Event, Starts at $21,990

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Holden Astra Sedan

Holden officially brought the new Astra Sedan to market in early June, and it celebrated the arrival of its sporty new sedan by letting Australian automotive journalists take the Astra for a spin around Byron Bay for a very special press day.

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The lucky journalists were given license to test the Astra Sedan’s all-aluminum 1.4-liter turbocharged engine and the numerous hours and miles (or kilometers) of testing undertaken by Holden at the Lang Lang proving grounds to ensure that it is up to snuff for the task of handling the Outback.

“Astra Sedan has been developed as a global car—engineered in Europe, designed in North America, and manufactured in South Korea—and we’ve been able to tweak it to better suit the more spirited driving tastes of Australians,” said Holden’s Lead Dynamics Engineer, Rob Trubiani, who looked on as the Astra was put through its paces.

“We’ve focused on tuning Astra Sedan to be comfortable on poor quality road surfaces, rail tracks, and gravel roads. While ensuring that steering and chassis controls are precise with a direct feel, all combining to give drivers maximum confidence,” Trubiani added. “We’ve tested the car over 100,000 km on our private test facility and on public roads, so we’re really confident in its performance, and I’m sure our customers will love it.”

The Holden Astra Sedan is offered in four trims: LS, LS+, LT, and LTZ. The LS starts at $21,990 for the manual and $23,990 for the automatic, the LS+ starts at $24,990, and the LT starts at $27,990. Pricing for the LTZ trim, which tops the line with 18-inch alloy wheels and heated leather seats and mirrors among other features, has not yet been announced.

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