The extended intervals suggest some private buyers may see visit dealer workshops only once towards the end of the warranty period, barring breakdowns – the chance of which GM has been keen to minimise, in pursuit of a quality reputation equal to that of its key rival, VW's Golf.
Many components in the new Astra – such as the fuel filter on petrol engines and the belt drive to the auxiliaries or the battery – are maintenance-free, and there is no need to change cooling system fluids, air conditioning or transmission oils during the lifetime of the vehicle.
New Astra 5-dr hatchback production starts next month at Ellesmere Port in preparation for the model's 1 May launch. £80 million has been invested in production facilities and training there over and above what was spent on the new Vectra, bringing GM Europe's total up-front bill for the new Astra to over £700 million. Besides Ellesmere Port, the hatchback is already building in Germany, while the estate version will be built only at Bochum.