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Vauxhall reaches 120 – fascinating pictures show car maker over the years 0

The history of one of the UK’s oldest car makers has been documented by a series of fascinating photos featuring in a new book about the company. The photographs form part of a new book about the company by Ian Coomber, who has worked at the firm for 38 years. In the book: Vauxhall: Britain’s(…)

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 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 Calibra Turbo 4×4 0

The Calibra Turbo looked incredible and was ludicrously fast. Considering the fact it was spawned by a company that at the time specialised in churning our slightly bland fleet cars for salesmen, this certainly put a cat amongst the pigeons when it was first released in 1992. Able to pelt along at 150mph, the Calibra(…)

A look back at the Vauxhall Viva HC (1970 – 1979) 0

No-one could have anticipated when the Viva HC made its debut back in 1970, it would also be the last of its line. But the seventies would mark a time when the marque’s parent company General Motors would start to implement serious integration between the Opel side of things and the British cousin across the(…)

No plans to shut Vauxhall plants says Peugeot boss 0

The chief executive of Peugeot, Carlos Tavares, has said the PSA group has no plans to close any Vauxhall or Opel plants following his company’s acquisition of the brands. Instead, he wants to “unleash [their] potential” by exporting the cars outside of Europe, he said in a recent interview with the BBC. General Motors, who(…)

A look back at the Cavalier Coupe and Sportshatch (1975 – 1981) 0

The Cavalier Coupe and Sportshatch were almost identical to the Opel equivalent – the Manta. That said, the Euro version was designed at Vauxhall’s headquarters in Luton, thereby proving the UK wings competence at designing hatchbacks. The Coupe made its debut together with the saloon in 1975 and was initially offered in both 1.6 and(…)

‘Business as usual’ says Vauxhall chief 0

The recent Geneva Motor Show was meant to be a showcase for Vauxhall, a chance to bask in the excitement surrounding the brand’s latest releases, notably the Insignia Grand Sport, Sports Tourer and Crossland X SUV. Instead, all the talk was about the PSA takeover of Opel-Vauxhall, and what the future holds for the company’s(…)