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A brief history of Vauxhall 0

If you think of the historical mainstays of the British motoring industry, Vauxhall has to be up there with the best of them. Now under the PSA Group’s umbrella after a lengthy stint with General Motors, Vauxhall has a rich and interesting history stretching back over a hundred years. Here are the key moments in(…)

A look back at the Vauxhall Senator Mk1 (1983 – 1987) 0

To all intents and purposes, the Vauxhall Senator was just a facelifted edition of the Royale, the car that introduced the General Motors ‘shovel’ nose plus lots of upgraded tech to the 1982 top-of-the-range edition, a year prior to the release of the Senator. GM used the ‘A2’ facelift as an opportunity to focus and(…)

A look back at the Vauxhall Belmont (1986 – 1991) 0

This retrospective look back at a stalwart of yesteryear, could quite easily fall under the heading of ‘Forgotten cars’ or ‘Whatever happened to…’ such is its legacy in the collective public memory. Additionally, the car’s legacy is further undermined by Vauxhall’s propensity to recycle model names – think Astra and Corsa – and yet the(…)

A look back at the Vauxhall Carlton and Viceroy (1978 – 1982) 0

By the late 1970s, Vauxhall was firmly in Opel’s grip. The launch of the Carlton in 1978 marked the end of the Transcontinental FE/VX range. By this point, each of Vauxhall’s mid-range models was to all intents and purposes a slightly reworked Opel. The Carlton – as it was known on these shores – was(…)

A look back at the Vauxhall Senator (1987 – 1994) 0

The Vauxhall Senator: the ultimate car for the businessman in a hurry. If truth be told, the Senator was really just a reworked Carlton decked out with a swish new body. The iconic front grille was certainly unique and gave the Senator a proper identity of its own. Embraced by the UK police force, the(…)

Vauxhall celebrate 4 millionth Astra at Ellesmere Port 0

Vauxhall are celebrating after the 4 millionth Astra rolled off the production line at the firm’s plant in Ellesmere Port. To honour the landmark, staff at the factory choreographed an enormous mosaic in the plant’s car park formed entirely of red and white Astras, spelling out the impressive statistic. The image took over 12 hours(…)

A look back at the Vauxhall Chevette 2300HS (1978 – 1980) 0

The standard Vauxhall Chevette was the perfect car for motoring round town and was rightfully embraced by the British public who bought them in huge numbers. As good as it was in its natural habitat, it certainly wasn’t quick. Then there was the HS… Originally built for Group 4 rally homologation purposes as a potential(…)

Vauxhall add two new trim levels to Vivaro van range 0

Vauxhall has revealed two new trim levels for the Vivaro. The new models have been titled the Tourer Elite and Combi Plus and the carmaker says they’ll offer increased comfort and flexibility of use. Both will be positioned towards the higher end of the Vivaro range. The Tourer Elite has been marketed towards the shuttle(…)

Vauxhall recall 10,000 vehicles due to sunroof problem 0

Vauxhall has started a recall involving 10,000 of its Adam model after a fault was found with the sunroof that could potentially cause it to detach from the vehicle. The fault is the result of a defect in the printing process on the glass panel, which could cause the sunroof to separate from the main(…)

A look back at the Vauxhall Viva HA (1963 – 1966) 0

You’d be forgiven for calling Vauxhall’s first post-war small car a bit ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’. By the time it made its debut in 1963, its main rivals such as the Triumph Herald, Morris Minor, Austin A40 and Ford Anglia 105E had been around for a while, were well established and selling in huge(…)