Vauxhall Motors was founded in 1857 when a manufacturer of pumps and marine engines decided to start producing cars. Since it was founded, the brand has become associated with motorsports, with its cars competing in the British Touring Car Championship and a number of rallying competitions. Today, Vauxhall is one of the UK’s main motor manufacturers, with an increasing range of cars, vans and commercial vehicles which are a far cry from the limousines and open tourers that they produced in the early days.
Vauxhall’s top-of-the-range ADAM GRAND SLAM will make its UK debut at Autosport International 2015 (Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th January) at the NEC, Birmingham.
Previewed at last year’s Geneva and Frankfurt Motor Shows, the ADAM GRAND SLAM features slick design and a spirited 1.4-litre turbo (150PS) powertrain. It also gets a specially-tuned chassis and a VXR braking system.
One month ago, the first image of the new radical Vauxhall Geneva concept was shown. If you have followed us, then you’ll probably remember its name: Vauxhall Astra VXR EXTREME Concept. It is said that the car produces over 300 hp (220 kW) due to its 2.0-litre turbo engine, which makes it the most powerful front-wheel drive the brand has ever developed.
The concept model was derived from last year’s Astra Cup race car, and it is lighter, more powerful and street-legal race sibling to the current Astra VXR. The weight-savings are estimated around 100 kg, thanks to the utilization of carbon fiber components.
At Geneva International Auto Show this year we will see the birth of Vauxhall’s new Astra VXR EXTREME Concept, which is currently being teased with a first official image. The vehicle will be used later as a basis for a future low-volume production run.
The car was derived from the last year’s Astra Cup race car that competed in the Nürburgring Endurance Championship. In contrast, the EXTREME is the street-legal race sibling of the current Astra VXR.
Vauxhall is awaiting FIA and MSA confirmation that its attempt to clinch a total of 12 World and six National Speed Endurance Records in a standard production Astra has been successful.
At just after 4pm on October 5, the first of two Ellesmere Port-built Vauxhall Astra 2.0 CDTi Hatches approached the start line on Millbrook Proving Ground’s High Speed Bowl. Precisely 24 hours later it crossed the same marker, having covered nearly 3,000 miles at an average, yet-to-be ratified speed of 125mph.
The New Insignia range made its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show last week before first UK deliveries start in October.
Available as a five-door Hatch, four-door Saloon and Sports Tourer estate, the new range now starts at just £16,279, nearly £2,000 less than entry into the outgoing line-up. Also available are a range-topping Country Tourer and a high performance VXR version, the fastest car available in the UK for under £30,000.
With a top speed of 170mph and power output of 325PS, the new Insignia VXR SuperSport remains the UK’s fastest car you can buy under £30,000.
Now benefiting from a raft of design and chassis revisions which have been made across the entire Insignia range, the new Insignia VXR SuperSport will receive its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show (September 12-22).
Opel/Vauxhall’s ground-breaking Monza Concept, the first car to feature cutting-edge LED projection infotainment and an evolution of the Ampera’s revolutionary powertrain, is set for its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.