Magna International and the citizens of Canada. If Magna had bought Opel the 2010 Astra would have been the last GM product from the company. After purchasing the company, the next Astra and Insignia models would have been produced in Canada for the North American market. But instead, the Americans will get those thousands of jobs and another European company, which will probably be sold off to the Chinese in ten years. But for that we have no regrets and no fury with the Americans because the can keep this tiny car and its European inspired sport hatch appeal.
The 2010 Astra wins in most categories its in. But it still has a bad side. Its bad side consists of a short front grille, protruding lower happy face, bland rear end and a hood line everyone can see. The most major of all these problems is the hood line, which could be fixed by increasing the upward size of the grille. This in turn would make the front end flow a lot more smoothly.
Overall Grade: C+