On this day in auto history - August 24th

Tue 24th Aug 2021

It was on this day in 1984 that Vauxhall first unveiled the second generation of the Vauxhall Astra, in an award-winning move which was to pave the way for the brand’s enduring future success.

Originally launched in 1979 to replace the long-running Vauxhall Viva, the Astra had sold well, but not as well as expected, in its early years, however that all changed after its first major facelift.

Though the Astra mk2 used the same range of engines, it came with a completely restyled body and much better aerodynamics, ensuring that it was well-received by public and press alike.

By 1985 the second-generation Astra had been named European Car of The Year and it was so well-received by the car-buying public that it got closer than any other similar-sized vehicle to overhauling the record-breaking Ford Escort in the sales chart. 

Ever since its 1984 overhaul, the Astra brand has remained strong in the UK and, now on its seventh generation, it has become the third best-selling car in UK history as it closes in on three million total sales.

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