2013 Vauxhall Astra prices slashed

* Vauxhall announces big cuts to Vauxhall prices * Cut by as much as 1970 * Specification levels also increased...

2013 Vauxhall Astra prices slashed

Vauxhall Astra prices have been slashed by almost 2000 to make it more attractive to both company and private buyers.

The price cuts have come through a simplification of the Astra's range. ES and Exclusiv trims have been dropped and replaced with the Design model, while a Tech Line GT has been added further up the range.

Design comes with the same equipment as the outgoing Exclusiv, but costs 1965 less than the 94bhp 1.3-litre and the 109bhp 1.7-litre diesels. Despite the cut in price, it comes with 16-inch alloys, air-conditioning, steering wheel-mounted stereo controls, aux-in socket and cruise control as standard.

The new Tech Line GT model which is aimed at the company car market offers equipment from Tech Line and SRi models. It comes with 18-inch alloys, LED daytime running lights and a Bi-Turbo-styled front end. It also gets lowered sports suspension and front foglights.

Inside, it comes with sat-nav, DAB radio with USB and Bluetooth connections, and sports seats. Despite offering extra kit, the Tech Line GT costs 1970 less than the SRi, which will remain on sale. The Tech Line GT costs from 19,470.

Vauxhall says that the Tech Line is aimed at company car drivers, with the new lower pricing intended to reduce Benefit in Kind tax bills. The SRi will remain on sale, with Vauxhall saying that it will offer its flexible finance packages to retail customers only.

The new Astra models are available to order now.

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By Tom Webster