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2014 Vauxhall Astra GTC receives new 1.6 CDTi Whisper Diesel engine

The Vauxhall Astra GTC could now be availed with the 1.6 CDTi ‘Whisper Diesel’ engine, which replaces the 1.7 CDTi. The Astra GTC is the latest Vauxhall model to receive the new engine, which is already available in the Astra, Meriva and Zafira Tourer. The new engine provides up to 136 PS in output and 320 Nm in torque, while still delivering excellent fuel economy.

It is paired with an improved six-speed manual transmission in the Astra GTC. The GTC 1.6 CDTi comes with Start/Stop plus a braking energy recuperation system as standard, allowing it to deliver fuel economy of up to 72.4mpg on the combined cycle and emit 104 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.

It is also Euro 6-compliant. The 1.6 CDTi is considered one of the best engines in its class in terms noise and vibration, all thanks to an efficient combustion process with multiple injection and re-designed components, as well as the use of acoustic covers.

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2014 Vauxhall Vivaro UK pricing announced

The new Vauxhall Vivaro is now up for grabs with a starting price of £17,995 excluding VAT, representing £450 off from the outgoing model. First deliveries will be made in September. The new Vauxhall Vivaro van is available in two trim levels (Vivaro and Vivaro Sportive) and four body styles (panel van, double cab, nine-seater combi and platform cab).

The nine-seater combi will have a starting price of between £25,699 and £27,749 on-the-road (including VAT) while the platform cab will have a base tag of between £20,658.33 and £21,858.33 (excluding VAT).

The all-new Vivaro features an enhanced cabin that boasts of high levels of specification like modern infotainment with DAB radio. It can be powered by any of the available engines like the Bi-Turbo that returns up to 47.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 155g/km.

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2014 Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro combines LCV functions with car looks and comfort

Looking for unit that functions like a light commercial vehicle but has the comfort and design of a passenger car? Here comes the second generation Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro, which bring the carmaker’s “sculptural artistry meets German precision” design philosophy to the light commercial vehicle segment for the first time.

The new Opel Vivaro boasts of an exterior that features a large, prominent grille, unique headlamps and the flowing blade side attribute from the carmaker’s design language. Featuring the characteristic forms of the Opels, passenger car models, the Vivaro has headlamps executed in high-gloss black moldings with embedded chrome accents.

The daytime running lights don the signature Opel wing graphic design and could be availed with LED technology. The Vivaro also features a side design conveying sculptural artistry to the van segment, with the signature Opel blade feature flowing from under the side mirrors back to the rear wheel-arches – in the same manner as those on Insignia and Astra GTC models.

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Tim Tozer is the new managing director of Vauxhall

Tim Tozer has been named as the new managing director of General Motors Co.’s Vauxhall brand effective February 24, 2014, replacing Duncan Aldred, who was appointed as US vice president of sales and marketing for the Buick and GMC brands.  Vauxhall said in a statement that Tozer has a proven track record in senior management positions within the motor industry across Europe.

Prior to Vauxhall, Tozer was chief executive of Dutch dealer group Autobinck Holding. He was also CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Europe, head of Mazda in the UK and regional director at Inchcape Motors International.

Vauxhall was the second best-selling brand in the United Kingdom in 2013, next to Ford. It posted a 12-percent surge in car sales in 2013 to 259,444 units, for a market share of 11.4 percent.

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The Opel/Vauxhall Astra could now be availed with the new generation 1.6 CDTi engine, regarded as the brand’s cleanest mid-size diesel. Opel/Vauxhall is set to unveil the new diesel engine in the Astra at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The new diesel engine is available in two power outputs: 110PS and 136PS, in both hatchback and Sports Tourer body styles.

The 110PS variant returns 76.3mpg combined with emission of just 97g of carbon dioxide per, while the 136PS variant achieves 72.4mpg combined and emits 104g of CO2 per km. The new 1.6 CDTi is considered as one of the best engines in its class in terms of noise and vibration -- all thanks to a combustion process made efficient with multiple injection, re-designed parts and acoustic covers.

The Euro 6-compliant engine is also super-refined, clean and powerful. Efficiency is improved by a high-pressure common rail injection system as well as a lean NOx trap exhaust-after treatment (LNT).

Read the entire article 2014 Geneva Preview: New 1.6 CDTi engine now available in Opel/Vauxhall Astra

The Opel and Vauxhall brands managed to hike their market share in Europe in 2013, thanks to the good demand for the new Adam minicar that helped offset a slumping auto market. Opel and sister brand Vauxhall logged a European market share of 5.61 percent in 2013, up from 5.59 percent in 2012, Opel has disclosed, citing preliminary sales figures.

In its home market Germany, Opel managed to increase its market share to 7.0 percent from 6.9 percent. The slight increase in market share comes despite the still slumping sales in Europe, where the vehicle market is expected to have shrunk by 25 percent, or 4.3 million vehicles, in 2013 compared 2007 levels, analysts at Moody's Investors Service said.

European auto industry association ACEA will publish European car registration figures for 2013 on Jan. 16, 2014. Peter Christian Kuespert, Opel's vice president of sales and aftersales, remarked that the new Adam had helped boost deliveries, saying that its sales surpassed expectations.

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The new Vauxhall VXR8 GTS is bound to make its premiere at the Performance Car Show alongside Autosport International in January 2014. Derived from the HSV GEN-F GTS, the VXR8 GTS is the considered as the most powerful production car built in Australia. The Vauxhall VXR8 GTS enters the United Kingdom market with virtually more power than key rivals like the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.

The Vauxhall VXR8 GTS gets its dynamic power from a new supercharged LSA V8 engine that provides up to 576 bhp of output and up to 545 lb.-ft. of torque – representing a huge increase of 150 bhp and 140 lb.-ft. respectively over the outgoing, VXR8 that is powered Vauxhall VXR8i is powered by a fourth generation 6.2-liter LS3 V8. This newfound and more dynamic power allows the VXR8 GTS super saloon to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and reach a limited top speed of 155 mph.

To better suit the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS for the extra power brought by the new engine, it was fitted with a Brake-Torque Vectoring system that applies braking to the inside rear wheel and transfers torque to the outside rear wheel, thereby reducing understeer during high-speed maneuvers.

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Vauxhall is awaiting confirmation from the FIA and MSA that it was successful in its attempt to get a total of 12 World and six National Speed Endurance Records using a standard production Astra. On October 5, just a little past 4pm, the first of two Vauxhall Astra 2.0 CDTi hatches arrived on the starting line on Millbrook Proving Ground’s High Speed Bowl.

Astras came back 24 hours later after covering nearly 3,000 miles at an average, yet-to-be ratified, speed of 125mph. The Astras were driven by 12 drivers -- nine motoring journalists and three Vauxhall and Opel staff -- each driving a total of four hours, split between the two cars.

The Astras were required to change tires once, and no engine oil was consumed. The Astras completed 1,500 laps of the two-mile circuit with only 22 minutes of downtime, in addition to refueling and driver changes.

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The Vauxhall VXR8 GTS super-saloon will feature BWI Group’s third-generation MagneRide suspension that mixes in track-day handling with road-car comfort.  The Magnetic Ride Control system of the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS uses MagneRide suspension, which features Magneto Rheological (MR) damper fluid that contains tiny iron particles that can be temporarily magnetized by energizing electrical coils in the damper piston.

Applying a current magnetizes the tiny iron particles, making them attracted to each other in proportion to the strength of the magnetic field. This leads to an increase in the resistance to flow and stiffens the damping.

This provides the ability to vary the damping force almost instantaneously, just by varying the current applied. The twin-wire dual-coil (TWDC) MagneRide units adjust their damping 1,000 times per second to provide the optimum control and response in any driving condition.

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Interested buyers could now order Vauxhall’s Insignia Country Tourer at a starting price of £25,349 on-the-road. The Insignia Country Tourer is derived from the Sports Tourer model, but features all-wheel drive, higher ground clearance and tougher styling. It was well-received during its unveiling at the recently held 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Interested buyers could choose between two trim levels. The Country Tourer trim, with a price range of between £25,349 and £29,709 on-the-road, features generous standard specifications like bi-xenon adaptive front lighting, power tailgate and front and rear parking sensors.

The Country Tourer Nav, with a price range of between £26,499 and £30,859 on-the-road, features the same standard specs as the other trim, but with the addition of Navi 900 IntelliLink sat nav with 8-inch color touch screen, multi-function touch-pad controller and an 8-inch digital instrument cluster.

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The 2014 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Facelift was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The facelifted Insignia features not only an appealing interior and exterior styling but also new engines that are powerful. Its front fascia has been redesigned and has a wider and lower chromed grille, new headlamps with bi-xenon lamps such as the safety lighting system AFL+ as an option, new lower front fascia inserts, new fog lamps that come with black inserts and chrome accents and new tail lamps that have slim-look reverse functions.

The sedan and hatchback variants feature tail / stop functions of the split 2-piece tail lamps that are executed as LEDs. Upgrades to the interior include a center console that has a totally new feeling of subtlety and refinement, black piano lacquer and chrome control panel significantly simplified and holds only a few buttons for the infotainment system and air conditioning.

Controlling the new infotainment system is easy with an 8-inch color display with touch operation. The touchpad, a new feature, is ergonomically positioned in the center console and comes with a new method of quickly and intuitively getting access to the infotainment system. Those who buy the new Opel Insignia can choose from three propulsion alternatives gasoline, diesel and LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas).

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: 2014 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Facelift shines in Frankfurt [Live Photos]

Ever heard of a three-cylinder petrol engine which noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics is at par or even better than a four-cylinder powerplant? Here comes Opel/Vauxhall’s SGE (small gasoline engine), a 1.0-liter spark ignition direct injection (SIDI) turbo petrol mill that the carmaker intends to unveil next month at the Frankfurt International Motor Show.

The new SGE, which will power Opel/Vauxhall’s new Adam city car starting next year, is tuned to deliver up to 115 PS (up to 85 kW) of output, with a low-end torque of 166 Nm accessible between 1,800 rpm and 4,700 rpm. The new SGE provides more torque throughout its operating range than equally powerful, higher displacement engines. In addition, the new SGE is also 20 percent more fuel efficient than the current 1.6-liter naturally aspirated engine that is found under the hood of the Opel Astra.

The SGE will be paired with all-new six-speed gearbox when it is installed in the Vauxhall Adam city car. The 12-valve, 1.0-liter turbo SGE is the first in a new modular family of three and four-cylinder Vauxhall petrol engines, up to 1.6 liter of capacity.

Read the entire article Opel/Vauxhall to unveil new 3-cylinder 1.0-liter SiDi turbo engine at Frankfurt Motor Show

Two of Vauxhall’s manufacturing sites in the United Kingdom recently reached important production milestones. On July 5, 2013, Vauxhall’s site in Ellesmere Port rolled its 250,000th Astra Sports Tourer off its production line. Workers at the site, which is considered at the number one maker of estate cars, held a celebration at the end of the production line as the 250,000th Astra Sports Tourer was driven off the production line.

The site commenced the production of the current model in 2010. The Astra has been one of the best-selling cars in the UK, with more than 2.8 million units sold since it was launch to the market on sale in 1980. For this year alone, Vauxhall has sold 30,000 units so far.

Vauxhall is producing the Sports Tourer only at its Ellesmere Port plant for export across Europe. On the other hand, the Sports Tourer’s upper-body structure was entirely engineered by Vauxhall engineers at Millbrook, Bedfordshire. The same team is also responsible for tuning the Sports Tourer for UK roads.

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Vauxhall/Opel has previewed its Monza Concept ahead of its Frankfurt Motor Show debut slated in September 2013. The teaser comes in two images featuring the concept and Karl-Thomas Neumann, chairman of General Motors Europe. The Monza Concept provides a glimpse of what to expect from the possible rival to BMW 4 Series and Audi A5.

It also provides a glimpse into Vauxhall's new styling direction. The concept is based on two major themes -- efficiency and connectivity. On these two major themes will revolve the mindset of the carmaker's engineers, technicians and designers when developing the next generation of Vauxhall models.

Monza Concept boast of exceptional efficiency achieved through its architecture as well as use of materials, boosted by aerodynamics and innovative powertrain solution.

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Opel/Vauxhall unveiled today the facelifted Insignia and as expected, the new car made its debut with attractive interior and exterior styling but also new and powerful engines. Set to make its debut this autumn at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 2014 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Facelift comes with a redesigned front fascia featuring a wider and lower chromed grille, new headlamps with bi-xenon lamps including the safety lighting system AFL+ as an option, new lower front fascia inserts, new fog lamps that are combined with black inserts and chrome accents and new tail lamps with slim-look reverse functions.

The tail / stop functions of the split 2-piece tail lamps are executed as LEDs on all levels for sedan and hatchback. As we said, the interior was also upgraded and as a result we find a center console that has a completely new feeling of subtlety and refinement, black piano lacquer and chrome control panel drastically simplified with just a few buttons for the infotainment system and air conditioning.

The new infotainment system can be controlled via an 8-inch color display with touch operation. A new addition is the touchpad that is ergonomically integrated in the center console and offers a new way of quickly and intuitively accessing the infotainment system. The new Opel Insignia offers the choice between the three propulsion alternatives gasoline, diesel and LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas); power output ranges from 81 kW/110 hp to 239 kW/325 hp.

Read the entire article Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Facelift debuts with new exterior styling, updated interior

A consumer interested in Vauxhall Mokka could now avail of a front-wheel drive variant of the crossover powered by a new 1.4-litre 140PS Turbo petrol engine that was previously only available in all-wheel drive manuals. Featuring a six-speed manual transmission (with automatic gearbox also available) and Start/Stop, this Vauxhall Mokka variant could travel up to 47.9 miles on a gallon of petrol and emit only 139 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometers traveled.

The new Mokka variant could accelerate from zero to 62mph in 9.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 120mph. The interior of this new Mokka variant could be laden with optional, sophisticated infotainment systems CD 600 and Navi 950.

CD 600 and Navi 950 infotainment systems feature a high-resolution 7-inch color display, where images from an optional rear camera could be viewed.

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General Motors said last Thursday that its first-quarter pretax loss in Europe decreased to $175 million from $294 million the previous year. This prompted analysts to state that while GM is making advancements in its plan to restructure its struggling Opel/Vauxhall unit in Europe, it still has much to do. GM is outperforming Ford Motor Co., which reported that its pretax operating loss in Europe for the quarter steeply grew to $462 million from $149 million the prior year.

GM was able to reduce costs in Europe by $300 million. As a result, the prices of its models were not changed. The figures in Europe imply that GM's cost cuts are beginning to offset the decreasing sales throughout the industry, which are nearing its lowest levels for the past 20 years. Chief Financial Officer Dan Ammann told reporters that the results in the first quarter are the result of the implementation of its plan for Europe.

Ammann said that GM is staying with its target of breaking even in Europe by the middle of the decade. However, he said that there are no signs that the region is facing a quick turnaround. He said that at this point, it’s too early to declare that Europe has hit bottom. He said that there are some things that the company is unable to control.

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Vauxhall has added the highly advanced, sequential twin-turbo diesel technology to the Zafira Tourer range. It comes after the arrival of the Astra and Insignia BiTurbo models. The Zafira Tourer BiTurbo is powered by 2.0-litre 195PS diesel engine. It can achieve a top speed of 135mph and can accelerate from zero to 60mph in only 8.5 seconds, making it one of the fastest diesel-powered, seven-seat MPVs available in the market.

In addition, start/Stop technology helps the BiTurbo attain a combined fuel economy figure of only 50.4mpg and has a CO2 emissions level of 149g/km. This sequential BiTurbo technology offers an impressive power output, an immediate throttle response and outstanding pulling power from a wide torque plateau. It broadens the powertrain lineup for the Zafira Tourer, comprising four diesel and two petrol engines.

Zafira Tourer BiTurbo is offered in SE, SRi or Elite trims with a host of options such as FlexRide adaptive chassis control system, AFL adaptive forward lighting system and a panoramic windscreen that lends natural light to the cabin. The additional flexibility inside the Zafira Tourer is offered by the new generation Flex7 seating system, which includes the distinctive lounge seating functionality that offers passengers generous space in the second row.

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More than three years after its launch in 2009, the seventh-generation Vauxhall Astra remains one of the very popular models in the United Kingdom. It still also offers a great value for customers’ money as the model is improving each year that it is placed on sale. Vauxhall Astra comes with a great quality finish and carries fascinating looks that draws people in.

Opel Astra boasts a number of features that allow it to provide enjoyable and comfortable ride and safe handling. However, the Astra posed not quite a challenge to other vehicles in its own segment and class, such as the Ford Focus VW Golf and Kia Cee'd. Despite that, the Astra continues to offer value to customers who want to experience a good ride.

Astra is available in several engine options, including the 2012-released 1.7 CDTi Ecoflex diesel engine that provides up to 130bhp of output while emitting just 99 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer traveled. Customers, however, should not expect to achieve the same fuel economy figures during actual driving, since some tests have shown that the engine may not live up to its promised numbers.

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The Vauxhall Cascada, the carmaker’s new full-size convertible, will be rolled out to showrooms in April 2013 for a starting price of just £23,995 on-the-road -- around £8,000 less than its main competitor in the premium convertible sector, the Audi A5 Cabriolet. Vauxhall offers to match the A5 Cabriolet by making the Cascada more affordable while brandishing it with excellent levels of equipment, luxury and technology.

The Cascada is available in two trims. The entry level SE features 18" alloy wheels, a sports chassis, LED tail lamps and aux-in/USB, as standard.

The higher level Elite features leather trim, heated front seats and steering wheel and front fog lamps. The convertible is also available in several engine choices. A buyer could opt for the 1.4-litre (140PS) Turbo petrol engine paired with a manual gearbox that’s capable of returning 44.8mpg and emitting just 148grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer traveled.

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