^ maybe the car has been put through weather testing.
I definitely think Opel should launch the Astra(hatch) & Zafira in India.But they got to get there pricing right.I think the Zafira should do well.
Story behind my Opel:
I use to select the cars we bought since the time i was in kindergarten & i remember going in my School bus & this kid had a school project(a chart) wrapped in News paper with the Opel Astra ad on it.
That night my parents took me to a gathering at there friends place.They had just got a black Daewoo Cielo & the Son was showing off to all the guys & girls(mostly to the girls) on how the car is etc etc.
At that moment i said I am getting an Opel Astra to the guy(maybe i was annoyed) & the guy was a bit stunned & laughed & pointed saying "check it out he is getting Opel it seems" (or something like that).
On the drive back home after the party i told dad that i wanted Opel Astra & mom asked my dad to see how the car is ,so my dad checked it out & he decided to go for it cos i was crazy about the brand cos i would see it on most of the Football Jerseys on TV.
Also i remember seeing the Ford Escort but i wanted the Opel.
I guess around 3 to 5 months later we got a black Opel Astra & had our trips etc & a month or so after that had a party at that Cielo guys house.When he was standing near the car some time later I pointed to my car & said how about you laugh now.He exactly knew what i meant & was left blinking.
But i dont know that brand had such an impression on everybody back in 1997,people would assume car is imported & people would stop you to ask about the car.
And my dad actually bumped into a couple of his old class mates cos they were checking out the car & saw him.
Also people & traffic was much more polite in 1997,usually Opels were rare in the initial days & it was usual for another Opel Astra to flash its lights at you when coming from the other side.
Our Astra was one of the first customers Stanley Leather had,they eventually started offering there services through Opel (GM)Bangalore.Cost around 40,000 & i hated the smell of the leather
Car would not do well with the petrol quality then so company would give some made in Germany Additives to add at full tank which were added when filling up at Rural petrol pumps.
That car has alot of memories for me.People in traffic would go nuts when they would see the antenna raise upwards (even Cielo had it) when the stereo was switched on,but then people would get impressed even & heads would turn when you had remote locking on your car
Today you will need a Super car.
The Vectra was a tech first to the Indian Market though & still makes people look at it even today.But i feel Gm got it wrong after that,It was only when the Cruz launched they enjoyed success at there level. Zafira can do well in our current,but Gm has always struggled pricing there products right.I feel they should sacrifice little profits for better pricing & gain more numbers in sales.And they need a good reliable dealer network.Its the sales figures that makes & breaks a car.Like the Fabia which has stopped production.