The success of the Vauxhall Astra hatchback is undeniable as it sold 4,684 units in April 2011 alone, making it one of the car markets top five sellers.
However, the saloon body style is less popular with UK buyers than it is in other countries and Vauxhall has decided to limit sales of the new Astra saloon to countries outside the UK.
The new Astra saloon is 239mm longer than the standard Astra five-door at 4658mm, which along with its 2685mm wheelbase give it a bigger stance on the road. Aesthetic features include an integrated rear spoiler and wrap around rear lights.
The bigger body of the new saloon bumps up its interior storage space as its boot space grows to 460 litres, an 80 litre increase on the standard hatchback. By folding down its 60:40 split rear seats the Astra saloon houses up to 1010 litres of stowage space.
There are seven engines available with the Astra saloon, which include four petrols and three diesels. The diesel range includes a frugal 1.3-litre that emits just 99g/km and returns up to 76.3mpg. The petrol range includes a powerful turbocharged 1.6-litre that produces 177bhp.
The new Astra saloon will not be released in the UK but will appear in Germany and Spain, two of its key markets.
The new Vauxhall Astra saloon is set to make its public debut at the Moscow Motor Show in August 2012.
Vauxhall vehicles are available from Perrys Vauxhall of Aylesbury, Perrys Vauxhall of Barnsley and Perrys Vauxhall of Broadstairs.