[Video] Opel plays the technology card for new Astra image

Germany’s Opel, the European subsidiary of the largest US automaker and third biggest carmaker in the world, General Motors – is now highlighting the infotainment features of the 2016 Astra.

The compact car is a crucial model for Opel, which has been fighting to survive years of losses and hopes to post the first positive financial results soon. But to achieve the goal, their latest introductions – Karl, Corsa and the Astra need to have clockwork inner workings. So, the company is eager to share fresh details about the connectivity technologies bundled on the Astra. Set to make its official public debut during September’s IAA 2015 – the Frankfurt motor show – the compact Opel model will be the first to boast on the Old Continent the “personal connectivity and service assistant” OnStar system. Also, the company’s IntelliLink infotainment system has not been forgotten and will have two next generation devices make their debut. Naturally, they will feature the integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, for instant user access to audio streaming and message reading, as well as third party applications such as titcher, Podcast, Spotify, Umano, etc. All those features will use the car’s integrated controls and be displayed on up to eight-inch touchscreens.

“Connectivity is one of Opel’s outstanding features as seen with our award-winning IntelliLink infotainment system. Opel OnStar is further proof that we want to deliver trendsetting innovations in connectivity to a wider audience,” comments Opel’s chief executive Karl-Thomas Neumann. 4G/LTE hotspots will take care of connectivity, with up to seven devices being able to connect at once. At launch, just three countries will be supported – Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.