Vauxhall Executes Zafira and Astra
The Crossover fever has spread all across the world, and it’s not just the sedans that are facing the brunt. According to Autocar, the Zafira Tourer and Astra GTC are the latest cars to get phased out. Although they are being discontinued in the U.K for now, we are sure it will be eliminated completely very soon.
All European Vauxhall and Opel Dealership Franchise Contracts to be Axed by Mid-2020
In an ever-growing market where customers want something new literally every day, you either adapt, or you perish. Guess Vauxhall chose the second option. As reported by Telegraph, Vauxhall and Opel are terminating the contracts of all 326 dealerships in Britain as they battle to deal with plunging sales and a changing market. Yes, all of them! Read on to know more:
Is PSA Bringing Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Vauxhall, or Opel to the United States?
We’ve known for a while that PSA was planning to invade the U.S. auto market and it has, in fact, already done so by kicking off its Free2Move mobility platform in Seattle last year. And, more recently – back in January of 2019 – PSA announced that it had chosen Atlanta, Georgia as it’s home away from home. The next move is adding certain PSA models to various car-sharing services, but PSA has reportedly already chosen what brand it will begin selling in the U.S. first, but we’re not privy to the information quite yet.
Reuters is reporting that PSA Group now wants GM to refund nearly half, or about $700 million of the $1.353 billion it paid to the U.S. Automaker last July for the acquisition of Opel and Vauxhall. The report comes with claims that GM failed to disclose just how badly Opel and Vauxhall would miss hitting emissions targets set by the European Union for 2021 and beyond. PSA, which includes brands like Peugeot and Citroen, says it was misled and is owed this refund as the acquisition of brands that fall so far from 2021 emissions targets will cause it to incur significantly more fines than previously expected. GM claims that it provided “substantial information” and that “PSA undertook a robust due diligence process” that included “their employees, many experts, and lawyers.”
Want to know more? Keep reading to learn about the change to EU emissions rules in 2021 and what kind of fines PSA is looking at over the Opel and Vauxhall Acquisition.
April Fools’ 2016 – Recap
These days, it can be a little tricky figuring out when something is real and when someone is just messing with you. Sometimes it’s obvious, but other circumstances warrant a careful second look. That’s doubly the case on April 1st. Of course, the auto industry loves chain yanking, but when you have 1,500-horsepower production cars and Maserati SUVs running around, it’s always a good idea to double check. But don’t worry – we found the best automotive April Fools’ pranks, and we assembled them all right here for you in this recap.
Included is a driverless RV, a pair of highly desirable Minis, a kinetically powered Vauxhall, a very expressive Honda, a smoke machine Nissan cargo van, and Lexus’ latest interior upgrade, not to mention the hottest minivan to ever grace a suburban driveway. In fact, looking over a few of these “jokes,” I can’t help but see some excellent real-world applications…
Continue reading for a recap of April Fools’ 2016.
Vauxhall Launches Adam C With Zero Running Costs And Emissions
In a world where we are constantly trying to lower our dependency on fossil fuels and lower vehicle emissions as much as possible, at least one manufacturer is putting its best foot forward. After several years of research and development, Vauxhall has announced a new variation of the Vauxhall Adam, dubbed the Vauxhall Adam C. The C in the name stands for “clockwork,” and there is a good reason for that. The Adam C doesn’t have an engine or an electric motor. It doesn’t even have a battery.
What it does have, is a state-of-the-art kinetic mechanism that is used to propel and power the Adam C with a renewable energy source: You. Basically, the Adam C uses an enlarged kinetic system similar to that of wind-up watches. A removable knob is plugged into the back of the vehicle, and winding it for just 15 minutes will give the Adam C full power for up to 125 miles. This also provides the electrical energy needed to run things like onboard infotainment system.
Mick Cannical, Vauxhall’s Chief Kinetics Engineer, said, “This game-changing technology stands to revolutionize the way we drive. We’ve paved the way towards a future of wind-ups. Improving the customer experience is a priority to us and given that the average Brit drives less than 35 miles every day, we estimate the model will appeal to over two-thirds of the population. We expect the growth to be exponential.”
Continue reading for the full story.
When it comes to pickup trucks, the U.S. is arguably the world’s largest consumer. However, North America misses one of the coolest commercial vehicles in the world: the Holden Ute. Also available in supercharged guise as the Maloo R8 LSA in Australia, the Ute has long been a forbidden fruit in America, despite rumors that GM may import it as a rebadged Chevrolet El Camino. And, with Holden set to cease all manufacturing in 2016, the Ute will pass into the history books without setting wheels in the U.S. Not the same can be said about the U.K. though, which just received a batch of Maloo LSAs wearing the local Vauxhall badge.
The Ute isn’t actually new on British roads. Enthusiasts already had access to a version powered by the V-8 LS3, but that engine is now being replaced by a more potent LSA, which first debuted in the U.K. in the VXR8 GTS sedan.
But the Maloo LSA is about more than just a powerful drivetrain. The two-door utility also benefits from new styling upgrades and new standard equipment. Pricing is similar to the VXR8 GTS, which makes it pretty affordable for a performance car. And, although it’s among the most expensive commercial vehicles available in the U.K., it’s definitely the fastest and the most powerful. Keep reading to find out more.
Continue reading to learn more about the Vauxhall Maloo LSA.
When it comes to muscle cars, the U.S. is arguably home to the greatest machines ever created. It’s here that the muscle car was born in the 1960s and revived decades later at the end of the Malaise Era. The offerings might not be as varied as they were back in the day, but there are quite a few choices from Ford, GM, and Chrysler. The range now even includes a couple of muscle sedans, with the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat being the most powerful such model to ever come from Detroit. But Europe has its very own Australian muscle in the form of the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS.
Holden-badged muscle cars have caused U.S. enthusiasts a lot of frustration lately, despite GM importing the latest-generation 2010 Holden Commodore with a Chevrolet SS badge. The General said no to the awesome 2013 HSV Gen-F GTS and rejected an El Camino revival based on the Holden Ute and its beefed-up, 2015 HSV GTS Maloo counterpart. Sadly, that’s not going to happen in the future as Holden is about to shut down all Australian manufacturing by 2017.
Meanwhile, gearheads from Down Under will continue to enjoy their Holdens and HSVs, while the British will get to drive around in the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS, a rebadged version of the HSV Gen-F GTS.
Continue reading to learn more about the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS.
The Opel Corsa has been around since 1982 as one of Vauxhall and Opel’s most popular models. For 2015, the Corsa saw its fifth-generation redesign that helped it obtain a much more modern appearance compared to the outgoing model. Up front, there is now a single grille that is the same shape as the low-sitting air dam on the previous model. Down below the grille, there is a small opening above a lip that runs along the bottom side of the fascia. The headlights have been pushed a little farther toward the center of the car. The sides haven’t been changed much, but now feature a few new character lines. Inside, the Corsa got the attention it deserved and features a dual-gauge instrument cluster with a small display in the middle and a fairly large infotainment screen in the center stack. The car is in the supermini class, so there isn’t exactly a lot of room, but the cabin is still pretty inviting. The big news in the drivetrain department is the new 1.0-liter, Ecotec, three-cylinder that delivers 89 or 113 horsepower.
As you’ll see as you read our detailed review below, the new Corsa is finally in-line with competitors like the Ford Fiesta. It’s now sportier and looks like it is pretty fast for its class. The new styling of the fascias and side skirts give it the sporty appearance that people love, while the smaller engines provide decent horsepower with acceptable fuel economy and low emissions. With that said, there is a lot more about the Corsa than what I’ve said here, so check out the full review and let us know what you think.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Vauxhall Corsa
Holden is considered somewhat of an exotic brand, mostly because its vehicles aren’t made available in Europe or the United States. Save for a few exceptions, such as the VE Commodore-based Pontiac G8 and Chevy SS, Holdens mainly remained on Australian soil and a few surrounding countries.
And that has caused some frustration with U.S. enthusiasts, especially among those that were hoping for General Motors to revive the Chevy El Camino by importing the Holden Ute. That didn’t happen, but GM eventually brought the Commodore Stateside last year as the Chevrolet SS.
The Detroit giant also imported the Australian sedan to the United Kingdom for its Vauxhall brand, but, unlike North America, the Brits got the angrier, HSV-prepped version of the Commodore. Sold under the VXR8 GTS name, the high-performance sedan is being marketed as a competitor for the more popular BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.
And judging by the numbers, the Vauxhall is an impressive machine, with 577 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque coming out of a supercharged, 6.2-liter, V-8 engine. That’s more than what the BMW M5 Competition Package gets under the hood, but is it enough for the rebadged Holden to take on one of Germany’s finest sedan?
The folks over at Autocar embarked on a mission to find out and put both vehicles through handling and rolling start drag race tests with Steve Sutcliffe behind the wheel. Who won? Well, you’ll just have to hit the play button to find out.
The Vauxhall VXR8 doesn’t get nearly the same amount of love as the Audi RS6 Avant, or any of the equally powerful German estate models. But completely dismissing the VXR8 isn’t fair to the Vauxhall, something EVO found out first-hand during a recent comparison run between the two.
It goes without saying that high-performance estate models don’t get any better than the RS6 Avant. Audi is one of the pioneers of the segment and the latest RS6 Avant holds true to all of Ingolstadt’s capabilities in building a car that still runs incredibly despite carrying all that weight.
Ultimately, EVO found the RS6 Avant impressive given the standards Audi has set for it. But it didn’t possess the kind of "fun" EVO wanted out of its, which is saying something. The 1:26.5 lap time of the RS6 was impressive in a lot of ways, and certainly much faster than the 1:29.9 seconds the VXR8 pulled out of its hat.
But as far as entertainment value was concerned, Evo gave the nod to the Vauxhall not so much because its more fun to drive, but because you get a whole lot of raised heartbeats doing so. Audi has always been about efficiency, and it’s no different with the RS6 Avant.
The Vauxhall VXR lineups is far and away one of the most feared lineups that GM offers, and that lineup has been undergoing some aesthetic changes lately. The latest of these changes hits the Insignia VXR SuperSport, which is regularly known as "UK’s fastest car under £30,000." Well, it not only retains that title through an increase top speed, but it also gets a nice revision for the end of the 2013 model year.
Available in its traditional hatchback and Sports Tourer variants, the new Insignia VXR gets a nice refresh to its front and rear fascias to help add a little extra style and aggression to the model. Not that it needs the aggressive look to scare most cars its size off of the road, but it certainly helps.
Unfortunately, this late-model-year refresh involve mostly just aesthetics, but then again, with 325PS (320 horsepower) under its hood, it’s all good.
We’ll Vauxhall reveal all of the Insignia VXR Supersport’s information at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 12th.
[Click past the jump to read the full review on the 2013 Vauxhall Insignia VXR SuperSport.]
Shortly after HSV unveiled the 2013 GEN-F GTS, Vauxhall also announced the launch of the new VXR8 GTS - or the most powerful VXR8 offered by the company. The model borrowed all the technology and the design language from its Australian brother, so for sure you pretty much know what to expect from this new model.
When designing the new VXR8 GTS, Vauxhall focused on making the car looking as aggressive and as sporty as possible. For this it opted for bold graphics and shallow ramp angles that emphasize the car’s width and stance.
The new Vauxhall VXR8 GTS is now available for order at a price of £54,999 - or about $84,000 at the current exchange rates. According to Vauxhall this is about £20k less than any other German rival, while delivering pretty much the same performance figures.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Vauxhall VXR8 GTS.
Over in the UK market, British automaker Vauxhall has pulled the covers off of the new VRX8 Tourer, a full-sized tourer that carries quite a punch under its hood.
There weren’t a whole lot of sweeping changes done to the tourer compared to its previous iterations, but the VRX8 Tourer nevertheless carries a character that exudes quiet confidence mixed in with class-leading cargo space and impressive performance credentials.
Since it’s classified as a tourer/wagon, the initial reaction surrounding the VRX8 Tourer might be that it belongs in market that puts less importance on its looks and its power. However, this model has the looks and the power that can make it a worthy candidate to be somebody’s next full-sized wagon.
It may not have the brand recognition of a Mercedes or a BMW, but Vauxhall is serious about bringing the fight to the German brands. And it has the VRX8 Tourer as a worthy soldier to do the battling for it.
Find out more about the Vauxhall VRX8 Tourer after the jump
Most of you are familiar with the awesome Opel Insignia OPC, or the Vauxhall Insignia VXR if you are from the British market. With an impressive output of 325 horsepower, this model can hit a top speed of 155 mph. Today, however, the company has improved this model even further with the addition of a new VXR SuperSport edition that can hit an astounding top speed of 170 mph.
The new VXR SuperSport is powered by a turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 Ecotec engine. This engine features a micro-alloy forged steel crank, classic 60-degree cylinder angle and a die-cast alloy sump. It delivers a total of 325 horsepower, which launches the car to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds.
In order to deliver the best possible handling at high speeds, the new SuperSport has been equipped with a HiPer Strut front suspension, which maintains negative camber and improves grip levels in wet and dry. Also included on the SuperSport is the FlexRide adaptive damping system.
Vauxhall has also placed blue "Brembo" lettering on the front brake calipers plus additional increments on the speedometer in order to help customers identify the model.
The history of the Vauxhall Victor began back in 1957 when General Motors first unveiled it to the British market. It was a large family car with 55 HP that was built to take families from point A to point B. You don’t need to be a genius to understood that this car had nothing to do with impressive performance level. That being said, we are 100% sure that when Vauxhall brought the Victor onto the market, they never believed that it would become the world’s fastest road-legal drag racing car. With some "minor" modifications to its power source, of course.
In fact, here at TopSpeed, we first reported about the Red Victor 3 back in 2010, when this project was in its early development stages. Now, since it turned out not to be just some guy’s trifle, we decided it was time to offer up a little more information on it.
The Red Victor 3 is based on a 1967 Victor FD - the fourth generation Victor - and is the result of a collaboration between VXR and the Red Victor team. You can only image the hard work the team put in to take the car from the standard 88 HP (the amount of power developed by the FD) to the impressive 3000 HP it currently pushes out. Yeah, you read that right; a whopping 3,000 HP!
Hit the jump to read all about the Vauxhall Red Victor 3, including its stats achieved at the 2012 FIA Main Event at Santa Pod. At this event, the Red Victor 3 became the world’s fastest street legal car, achieving an astounding 6.59 seconds at 220 mph.
Have you noticed that the British customers are getting lots of cool special editions lately? And if you needed some more proof, Vauxhall has just revealed the Corsa VXR Blue Edition. Featuring new styling details, an additional kit as standard, and a head-turning paint job, the new edition is priced at £19,425.
The new VRX Blue Edition is distinguished by Arden Blue metallic paint, 18-inch alloys, dark-tinted glass, bespoke interior air vents and Recaro seats. It also gets new ‘Eagle-Eye’ headlamps, and a signature bar across the grille, colored in blue. There are deep in-set fog lamps, a wider and more prominent grille and a low, sculpted front spoiler to boost its sporting appeal.
The same blue theme is also continued on the interior. There is stitching on the leather steering-wheel, the interior air-vent color, and the trim on the Recaro seats.
Under the hood there is a 1.6 liter Turbo engine that delivers 192 HP and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 140 mph.
If a car was able to have chest hair sticking out of their front bumper to illustrate the testosterone hidden in the panels, then this Vauxhall VXR8 would definitely be needing a trimmer. Coming into the 2011 model year, the VXR8 will be one hot little performance sedan with some styling modifications and some new technology. But we can’t get too excited because this Vauxhall is obviously only available in the UK. Stupid Atlantic Ocean.
The 2011 VXR8 is powered by the fourth generation 6.2-liter LS3 unit that delivers an impressive 431 HP and 550Nm of torque. This is just enough to sprint the VXR8 from 0 to 60mph in 4.9 seconds and to hit a top speed limited to 155mph.
Anyone would be just about insane not to want a piece of this action so some must-have information is where one can find the 2011 Vauxhall VXR8. It will be available through just six specialist VXR dealers in the UK, though a total of 34 VXR outlets will be authorized to maintain the model.
Hit the jump to get the details on the new 2011 Vauxhall VXR8.
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.
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.
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.
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.