FRANKFURT – While many European car buyers are opting for smaller vehicles, Adam Opel GmbH’s plan to sell 500,000 Astras annually could be a gamble. Considerably larger and heavier than its predecessor, the new Astra incorporates many features from Opel’s popular Insignia. However, the Astra’s offering of four gasoline and four diesel engines results in an average 12% improvement in fuel economy, so the extra size doesn’t penalize the car in a marketplace increasingly oriented toward ...

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