Vauxhall Car Reviews

Vauxhall is a British automotive company which was founded in 1857. It is one of the largest selling car brands in the UK and has been for over two decades.

Vauxhall Car Reviews

Vauxhall Overview

Brief History

Vauxhall Motors was founded in 1857 by Alexander Wilson. The company began as a pump and marine engine manufacturer in London. By 1903 Vauxhall began manufacturing cars its first being a five-horsepower model with no reverse gear.

Credited with building the very first true sports car, the Prince Henry C-type in 1911, they were bought out by American auto giant General Motors in 1925. This became the first GM plant in all of Europe and during World War II, Vauxhall, with GM backing, pulled off the amazing feat of designing and building tanks for the British war effort. The project was initially projected to take four years and the company finished the project in only a year. After the war they resumed auto production focusing on cars that could be massed produced for the general public and in turn the company grew.

Vauxhall’s main headquarters are now situated in Luton, where it also produces much of its commercial vehicles, it also has major manufacturing facilities in Ellesmere Port where its main production consists of passenger cars.  There are currently over 3000 employees at Luton and Ellesmere Port.

Model Range

Vauxhall Agila

The Agila is a spacious and economical city car which was put into production in 2000. It’s easy to drive and easy to park as well. Families will appreciate the practicality that is offered and how easy the Vauxhall Agila is to live with. As opposed to other city cars such as the Ford KA and the Volkswagen Fox, the Vauxhall Agila comes with five doors rather than three.

Vauxhall Ampera

The Ampera is a hybrid electric car, and can travel travel 25-50 miles on its battery alone. The range can be extended to 300 miles thanks to its 1.4 litre on board petrol generator.

Vauxhall Antara

The Vauxhall Antara is a large 4X4, co-developed between Vauxhall and Daewoo.  Although it's a 4x4, it's more suited to road use than ploughing through the countryside. The Antara was first produced in 2006.

Vauxhall Astra

The Vauxhall Astra is a small family car that has been long serving to Vauxhall first going into production in 1979. Despite its old age the Astra is by no means a stale product, over thirty years after it was produced, the Mark 6 version of the Astra became UK’s best-selling car in June 2010 with beyond 10,000 sales. The Astra is also the car of choice for the British police as Incident Response Vehicles.

Vauxhall Corsa

The Vauxhall Corsa is a small family hatchback. The Corsa was first produced in 1983 and marketed as the Vauxhall Nova. In 1993 the Nova was rebadged as the Corsa which has now been produced in four different generations with the most recent model picking up the What Car? “Car of the Year” award. It is aimed at the younger costumer and comes in 3 different body styles; the 3-door hatchback, the 5-door hatchback and the 2-door van.

Vauxhall Insignia

The Vauxhall Insignia is a large family car which was originally produced in 2008. The Insignia was voted the European Car of the Year in 2009, and is the first production car to boast a dual-function frontal camera which is able to recognise traffic signs.
The insignia is the first Vauxhall to obtain their new logo and has been well received in Great Britain, just sneaking into the nation’s top 10 best- selling cars of 2009.
The insignia is available in 3 different body styles; a 4-door saloon a 5-door hatchback and a 5-door estate.

Vauxhall Meriva

The Vauxhall Meriva is a small MPV people carrier that is available with a range of petrol and turbo-diesel engines from 1.3-litre to 1.8-litre. The five-door MPV was first produced in 2002 in Figueruelas, Spain.

There are 2 different Meriva models, the Meriva A which was based on the third generation Corsa and the Meriva B model.

Vauxhall Mokka

The Mokka is Vauxhall's small 4x4. Introduced in 2012, it is designed to compete with models such as the Nissan Juke and the Skoda Yeti, and is Vauxhall's first offering in this market sector.

Vauxhall Zafira

The Vauxhall Zafira is a large MPV people carrier. The Zafira was first produced in 1999 and has been produced in three generations. The Zafira has three rows of seats and can accommodate seven passengers. The car also sports the Flex 7 seating arrangement with removable seats. Electric/hybrid versions of the Zafira are expected to come into production in 2012.

Vauxhall VXR8 GTS

The Vauxhall VXR8 is a performance car based on two Holden Special Vehicles (HSV), the GTS and the Clubsport. It was introduced to the United Kingdom in July 2007 and has recently received a face lift based on the HSV E3 GTS.

Vauxhall Vectra

The Vectra was Vauxhall's large family car, replacing the Cavalier in 1995. The second generation Vectra initially struggled when it came to sales for a while, but finally managed to get into the top 10 of Britain's car sales charts as well as achieving the What Car? Estate Car of the Year award in 2007. The Vectra was eventually replaced by the Vauxhall Insignia.


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