With reduced fuel consumption and maintenance costs, along with improved value stability, the new Opel Astra Sports Tourer is looking good when it comes to TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).
According to Peter Christian Kuspert, Opel VP of sales & aftersales, it's company car owners and frequent drivers in particular who "benefit from the low repair costs for the new Astra Sports Tourer. They are ideal for ‘smart buyers’ who attach importance to the certain something but do not want to spend a lot of money. Those who want to sell on their compact station wagon in a few years’ time will also be pleased by the high residual value of the Sports Tourer."
In order to improve efficiency and economy, Opel shaved roughly 190 kg (418 lbs) during the development of the Astra Sports Tourer and even went as far as to downsize spare tires - 15" wheels with 195/65 R15 tires and 16" 205/55 R16 tires are now the new standard, saving up to €46 per wheel compared to the outgoing model.
Also, the fact that you only need to service the car at intervals of 30,000 km (or once per year) is especially helpful for business, company car or frequent drivers.
When it comes to servicing and repairs, Opel is looking to reduce costs by having a stock of recycled components including important spare parts such as cylinder heads, transmissions, alternators, steering systems, starter motors, brake calipers, fuel injection pumps and diesel particle filters. All of these parts meet the German automaker's new goods standards in terms of quality and reduce a customer's workshop bill by 30% to 40%.
As for residual value, Opel predicts that an Astra Sports Tourer in Business trim, with a 1.4-liter ECOTEC 125 HP turbocharged engine, will have a residual value of 33.9% after five years or 100,000 km - which is actually an increase of around 7% (or €2,485), resulting in savings of up to €3,374.
Another example would be the 1.6 CDTI 110 HP Business version which has a predicted residual value of 48.8% after three years or 90,000 - almost 12% or €3,465 higher than the outgoing version.