Vauxhall cars

Okay, does anyone else think this whole crazy horsepower thing is getting completely out of control? Yeah, we don’t either, but we thought it would be interesting to ask anyway. The reason we asked is because Vauxhall will be unveiling their most powerful and fastest model ever at the VXR Power Festival in Northamptonshire on August 28th-29th. It’s called the "Red Victor 3" and it will be powered by an 8.8 liter twin-turbocharged GM V8 engine that delivers a total of 3000 HP. Take a minute to let that soak in....

The car was inspired by Vauxhall’s original 1967 Victor FD and is a collaboration between VXR and the Red Victor team who will be partners for the 2011 MSA Pro-Modified Drag Racing season. The team is predicting a top speed, to begin with, of 240mph in the quarter-mile. This should be achieved in 6.5 seconds. For those of you who do not know, their last project (Red Victor 2), was capable of nearly 200mph in the quarter-mile and was able to make it from 0-153mph in 4.8 seconds.

"We’re sure visitors to the Power Festival will make a B-line for the Victor,” said Stuart Harris, Vauxhall’s Group Product Manager. "We’re really looking forward to working with Andy Frost, Red Victor’s creator, and his team next year and see this as a great match for the VXR brand." Yes sir, and we are looking forward to seeing the Red Victor 3 in action. It’s going to be killer.

Press release after the jump.

Posted on by Bryan 15

Sometimes people just need to have a little confidence in the products they make. Whether it’s a pen or a car, if you think it’s going to break, it mostly likely will. That has not rung more true than right now. General Motors’ British subsidiary Vauxhall has created a lifetime warranty for their cars, but it’s not as good as it sounds and, apparently, neither are their cars.

Vauxhall has such little faith in their vehicles that the warranty is only for 100,000 miles, which, coincidentally, is the end of the car’s life, according to Vauxhall. Really? 100,000 miles? They should go longer than that, don;t you think?

The warranty covers the powertrain, steering, brakes, and electric components and to get it, owners must go to a Vauxhall authorized service facility for a free inspection. As of now, the warranty isn’t transferable, but second owners will soon be able to buy the coverage, according to Vauxhall.

This is an unusual move for the company, seeing as how most European cars have just one or two years of warranty, far shorter than what we get here in the U.S. Yet, Hyundai andToyota are now offering five years, withKia giving out seven.

Vauxhall is offering a new range of diesel engines for both the sedan and Sports Tourer models of the Insignia . The first engine is a 2.0-liter Turbo that delivers 160 HP and a peak torque of 350Nm from 1750-2500rpm. This is all accomplished with a fuel consumption of 57.6mpg for the sedan and 55.4mpg for the Sports Tourer model.

The second engine is an improved 2.0 CDTi 160 HP engine that now has a fuel consumption that has been improved by 6.5%. There is also a new 2.0 CCDTi engine that delivers 130 HP and, finally, a 2.0 CDTi engine offered in both 130 and 160 HP versions.

Engineers have designed a stiffer fixing between the injection pump and engine, while also reducing piston noise at all engine speeds. The addition of scissor gears to the cam-drive enhances engine refinement still further, while supplementary noise-absorbing foam shields complete the NVH package.

The greatest part about these new engine additions, other than the obvious environmental factor, is that the Insignia’s pricing will remain the same and the new engines are available starting today!

Press release after the jump.

Posted on by Bryan 7

Vauxhall andOpel have withdrawn their offers for aid from the European government. They claim the reason for the dropped request is down to long delays.

In a statement, the GM brands said that their request for £1.5 billion in aid has been withdrawn, but money is still needed. Instead of asking for help, GM said it would fund the restructuring itself.

"GM’s recently improved financial strength has been a catalyst for making this decision," the carmaker said in a statement, adding that it expected to return to profitability "shortly".

GM Europe president Nick Reilly said: “"We cannot afford to have uncertain funding plans and new time-consuming complex negotiations at this time when we need to keep investing in new products and technologies."

Just weeks ago, Germany rejected a loan request to Opel, while the UK government is still looking into £275 of loans.

Source: Autocar
Posted on by Bryan 7

Autocar is reporting that the new Vauxhall Astra VXR three-door hatch will be going up against the Ford Focus RS and the Renaultsport Megane .

Sources say that Vauxhall wants to make up the ground lost to the Focus RS by making a hot 300 horsepower Astra VXR.

“The VXR brand is about extreme performance. It’s safe to say that the next Astra will build on where the current car is and react to market trends. It’ll be quite a power hike over the current car,” said an insider to Autocar.

Vauxhall engineers believe that they can achieve this 63 horsepower upgrade by tuning the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor, rather than using a V6.

Like the Focus RS, the Astra VXR will get front-wheel drive; so expect it to have some sort of electronic differential to help cope with the power and torque.

Yet, despite this big gain, Ford is one step ahead once again. The next RS is said to be a hybrid, which will combine a 250 horsepower motor with an electric motor. Compared to that, the Astra’s power plant seems a bit dull.

The Astra VXR won’t go on sale until next year. The exterior design will likely be close to the Astra Sport Coupe that will be shown in Paris in September, but with bigger wheel arches and a larger rear spoiler.

The Vauxhall VXR brand has been a big hit in Europe, with over 3,000 models sold in 2009.

Source: Autocar

Vauxhall unveiled today a new version for the very successful Insignia . It combines the Adaptive 4x4 all-wheel drive system with the adaptive FlexRide chassis and the electronically controlled rear limited slip differential (eLSD). The car will go on sale this September.

The new Insignia will be offered with four petrol engines ranging from 140PS to 325PS. Vauxhall will also offer a diesel engine to the tune of 160PS 2.0 CDTi. The 2.0 CDTi engine will be found int he ecoFLEX model that will have low fuel cinsumption and CO2 emissions.

The new Insignia Sports Tourer 4x4 is powered by a 2.0-liter 160HP CDTi diesel engine. It also features a power tailgate with programmable opening height, Automatic Self Levelling Rear Suspension (standard with Towing Pack), and the FlexOrganizer cargo management system.

Vauxhall has also announced a new trim level called SRi Vx-Line. It features a VXR-style sport leather steering wheel and gearshift gaiter and 19-inch, five-spoke alloys. The second trim level introduced, the Indian Summer interior, adds Nappa leather and cashmere stitching to the mix.

Press release after the jump.

The Vauxhall Corsa is a car of many names. Known as the Opel Corsa, Holden Barina, Chevrolet Corsa, Opel Vita, Vauxhall Corsa (obviously), and many others, you could say that this vehicle needs a little bit of a personality in order to not get lost in the crowd of aliases. Fortunately, Vauxhall revealed today that the Corsa will be treated to a very elegant and classy Black and White Limited Edition that will be available in showrooms from next month until the end of the year.

This special edition will get glacier white bodywork, black 17-inch twin spoke alloy wheels and detailing, topped off – literally - with a black sapphire roof. It also gets a lowered suspension and sports a VXR styling kit comprising front and rear lower spoilers, side skirts, and a new roof spoiler.

The same black and white theme is continued on the interior where it gets a piano black center console with contrasting white air vents.

Prices for the Corsa Black & White range from £13,995 for the 3-door 1.2, to £15,400 for the 5-door ecoFLEX diesel.

Okay, so it is not necessarily a 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo GT600 Black and White Edition by BF-Performance , but it can still get you from point A to point B with a little class and style.

Press release after the jump.

An overzealous man took his Vauxhall Astra VXR Nurburgring Edition to the track that bears its name and ended up crashing it into a twisted heap. Coming off a turn at one of the corners of the notorious Green Hell, the driver of the Astra lost control of his car, sent it careening into the barricade and smashed into it with so much force the car ended up turning over landing right back to its upright position.

The driver looked to be in OK shape after the crash, but the same, unfortunately, cannot be said for his special-edition ride, which pretty much lived up to its Nurburgring name a little too hard.

Check out the video to see how the crash occurred.

Source: Diariomotor

Vauxahall Astra has a very long history as a police car ever since its first introduction in 1979. And the new generation Astra continues this long tradition as a Special Vehicle Operations (SVO).

The new Astra Police car will be available with an instrument console incorporating integrated switch panels configured for Police radio header units such as the Cleartone, Motorola, Sepura and Icom. It will also get mobile data terminals, video capture and multiple transceivers, seamlessly into the vehicle’s interior without the need for custom trim installations, a range of LED lightbars, headlamp flash, grille lights, bumper interceptor lights and rear reds.

Press release after the jump.

Today, Vauxhall unveiled the special edition Astra VXR Arctic Edition limited to only 500 units. This special edition is priced at £23, 595 and is distinguished by an Olympic White exterior color with a contrasting black painted roof, mirror covers, front V-grille, and tailgate trim.

It will also get heated leather Recaro front seats, tinted glass, and black 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels. The Astra VXR Arctic Edition will deliver a total of 240 HP and will make the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds; top speed will go up to 152 mph.

What better way to check out the special edition than by testing it in Vauxhall’s VXR Power Events including the VXR Power Festival at Silverstone in August. Yep, that’s right, drivers and enthusiasts will be able to take this puppy for a spin to see what it can do.

Press release after the jump.

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