Wednesday April 27th, 2011 11:15 Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nurburgring Edition

Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nurburgring Edition

Vauxhall have announced the release of the new Corsa VXR Nurburgring Edition. Available from late May, the Nurburgring Edition is described by Vauxhall as the “most powerful Corsa ever.”

With a re-worked version of the Corsa VXR’s 1.6 litre turbo-charged engine, the Nurburgring boasts improved horsepower and torque, with horsepower up to 202bhp and torque up to 280Nm. These improvements mean that the Corsa now goes from 0-60mph in just 6.5 seconds, and has a top speed of 143mph.

In order to make the most of the Nurburgring’s increased power, Vauxhall has fitted it with a mechanical multi-plate limited slip differential, and this will give drivers of the Nurburgring greater traction, in addition to reduced understeer.

The Nurburgring has also been fitted with newly developed Brembo brakes that are 30% lighter than before, and this will provide the new model with even more stopping bite. Commissioned by Vauxhall, Bilstein have developed bespoke spring and damper units that will provide drivers with a greater degree of control and involvement. Taking into account the new set-up of the Corsa VXR, its ABS, Traction Control and Electronic Stability Control systems have all been recalibrated.

Visually, the Nurburgring Edition has a number of features that will ensure that it is not mistaken for earlier Corsas. In addition to having reduced ride heights both at the front and the rear of the car, the Nurburgring boasts a stainless steel dual exhaust, forged aluminium wheels in high-gloss grey, and ‘Nurburgring’ logos both in the car’s interior and its exterior.

Available in white, black and two new colour options – apple green ‘Grasshopper’ and red ‘Henna’ – the Corsa VXR Nurburgring Edition will go on sale in late May, priced at £22,295.

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Wednesday December 15th, 2010 14:11 A Sneak Preview of the 2011 Vauxhall Corsa

New Vauxhall Corsa 2011

Vauxhall, the British car manufacturer, has unveiled the 2011 version of the Corsa to the motoring public. The new Vauxhall Corsa is an all around improvement over what has been the best selling model in the car line-up. Now the Corsa provides a fresh style and improved performance.
The outside appearance of the Corsa has been updated with a new front grill and chrome accents that copy the looks of the other recently released and updated Vauxhall models. The Vauxhall Corsa 2011 models are available as either five door hatchbacks or a three door coupes. To complement the front of the vehicle there are fog lamps and eagle eye lamp with chrome surrounds and accents. The new fascia provides ties to the top of the line Astra models.
The new Vauxhall Corsa has a full range of engine options to provide adequate power and torque to this little car. Available engines will include three petrol options ranging from a 1 litre three cylinder power-plants up to a 1.4 litre sour banger that will produce 100 horsepower and will provide gas mileage rated above fifty miles per gallon. There are also two diesel burning units available. Diesel technology now includes the start/stop motors that will shut down the engine when the car is not moving and restart it when the drives releases the brake and presses the accelerator.
Interior options now include full blue tooth connectivity and General Motors advanced cabin designs with the Touch and Control multi-media options and navigation systems. New seats offer better lateral support and bolsters to hold a driver in place while driving. The Vauxhall Corsa 2011 line-up is an evolution of the species that has proven to be a winning combination for many years.

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Tuesday November 30th, 2010 11:20 Vauxhall’s Snow Socks

Vauxhall Snow socks

In December, 2009, and January, 2010, British Insurers paid out almost 400 million pounds in damages, most of it caused by ice and snow- related accidents. Now, there is a new car accessory on the market to help bring those claims down.

The product is Vauxhall snow socks. What a clever idea. This is a cloth cover to help winterize your tyres. The snow sock is not as unwieldy as snow chains and is more effective for driving in winter weather than snow tyres.

Vauxhall snow socks are made of a fabric with a design that runs against the direction the vehicle is travelling in, giving the tyres a better grip in ice and snow. Unlike snow tyres, they are very portable, and are easily attached. This makes them a convenient item to have when winter weather catches the driver unprepared.

These snow socks are almost a one-size-fits-all product. They will adapt to any model of car, and if used and stored according to instructions, will last for years.

Vauxhall snow socks could not have entered the market at a better time. The snow has already started falling, but thanks to this ingenious invention, insurers are hopeful that claims for accidents will be lower this winter than the 269,000 plus claims paid out last year.

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Tuesday November 16th, 2010 20:34 Vauxhall Meriva: Experience the Next Level of Comfort

Vauxhall Meriva

For the British driver, the new Vauxhall Meriva offers wonderful innovations in both comfort and utility. These innovations include the FlexDoors®, Ergonomic Sports Seats, and the Flexfloor®. Designed for both style and comfort, the Meriva is sure to raise interest everywhere it goes.

The designers of the Vauxhall Meriva focused on comfort. Researchers have estimated that 80% of British adults will have back trouble at some point in their lives (1). Vauxhall has made some remarkable innovations to reduce lower back strain. The FlexDoors® were specifically designed to reduce the amount of back discomfort that often occurs when loading and unloading the car. They are designed to open much wider allowing easier access. This means that less twisting that often aggravates back problems is required. Vauxhall also includes the option for AGR certified ergonomic sport seats. These seats adjust six ways along with providing four-way lumbar support to assist the driver in maintaining proper posture. The Meriva was engineered with a high seating position; this reduces back pain as well as it enhances the drive with a feeling of roominess and comfort. The high seating position gives the driver a much better view. This makes the car safer to drive.

Vauxhall created FlexFloor to give the traveler additional options in cargo area configurations. The floor can be raised to the height of the bumper. This makes loading and unloading heavy or bulky objects easier, and it gives additional space under the floor for storing additional tools and such. These are just a few of the revolutionary design changes that the Mariva offers making life easier and more comfortable.

(1) Palmer KT, Walsh K, et al. Back pain in Britain: comparison of two prevalent surveys at an interval of 10 years.

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Thursday November 11th, 2010 13:21 Vauxhaul Announces the Junior

Vauxhall announced the production of their new city car, the Vauxhall Junior. The 3.7 meter long car will be Vauxhall’s entry into the sub-supermini market and attempt to battle the newly announced Volkswagen Up! for top sales in the class.

Higher ups have already signed off on the exterior design of the vehicle and at first glace, it’s easy to see the resemblance to the Traxx concept that was unveiled at the 2004 Geneva Auto Show. The biggest difference between the two is that the concept used sliding doors while the Junior uses conventional doors.

As for the interior, word has come down that it will be completely unique from all current Vauxhall offerings. Supposedly, it will also boast better build quality than any other model. Customer’s will be able to select from a healthy list of trim levels, colors, and high-tech goodies to customize their Vauxhall Junior to fit nearly any taste.

At the beginning of production, power will be supplied by direct injection petrol motors which will be sourced from China’s SAIC. The displacement is to range from 1.0 litre to 1.5 litre, and will post a combined fuel economy up to 80 mpg. It has been said that some motors will also receive a turbocharger. By 2015, we should also see the all electric Vauxhall Junior come into the market.

The official production is slated to begin sometime in 2012 at GM’s plant in Eisenach and prices are expected to start around £11,000.

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