Vauxhall Motor Company
Vauxhall started making cars in 1903, making it Britain’s oldest car manufacturer.
The first car was produced in Vauxhall London. It had no reverse gears and the company has never looked back since. In 1905 the company moved to Luton, the company home to this day. In 1911 the ‘Prince Henry’ was introduced starting a proud tradition of sports cars. In 1913 the Vauxhall 30-98 was the first production car to top one hundred miles per hour.
In 1925 it became a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors.
In 1931 Vauxhall’s first commercial vehicle, the Bedford Truck is launched starting a proud tradition of commercial vehicles and establishing Vauxhall as a leading brand in the UK retail market. In 1937, the ‘H’ Type is the first British car to have a unitary construction, which is still adopted today.
Between 1939 and 1945 the war effort included production of over 5,000 Churchill tanks. 1957 the PA Cresta is introduced, bringing iconic American styling to Britain. In 1962 the Ellesmere Port factory opens and it is still going strong today.
In 1963 the first Viva is produced and over one million are made. In 1977 the first Cavalier rolls off the production line in Luton and becomes the iconic car of 1980’s Britain. In 1980 the first Astra is produced and is still going strong over three million cars later. In 1989 the world’s fastest four-door saloon car, the Lotus Carlton, is launched. In 1990, Calibra, the world’s most aerodynamic four-seater car is introduced.
Vauxhall is the first UK manufacturer to introduce petrol-engine cars with catalytic converters in 1992. In 1993 Corsa replaces Nova and goes on to become one of Britain’s best selling cars. Held to this day, Frontera sets a record circumnavigating the globe in 1998 (just over 21 days). In 1999 Vauxhall launches the Zafira; the best-loved 7 seater on UK roads.
Vauxhall crown a long association in motorsport with a ninth manufacturer title in the British touring car championship in 2009. The same year the Insignia also took European Car of the Year.
In 2010 Vauxhall became sponsor of all four home nation’s football teams, and launched an industry leading warranty that could last a lifetime.
In 2012 Vauxhall’s Ampera becomes European Car of the Year. In 2013 Mokka and Adam launch and the Cascada convertible pays homage to the great cars of the past. Its products have largely been identical to those of Opel since the 1980’s.
Today, factories can be found in Luton and Ellesmere Port, Germany, Spain and Poland. Roughly 80% of Vauxhall production is exported.
It’s high performance derivatives are marketed under the VXR sub-brand. In Australia, General Motors’ products are marketed under the ’Holden’ brand, and people loyally align themselves to this or the Ford brand.
Vauxhall Commercial Vehicles
With a range of 4 vans – Corsa Van, Combo, Vivaro in both panel van and crew van and the Movano and its many conversions including Tipper, Dropside and Box Van there is something to suit whatever is required from a commercial vehicle.
In 1930 Vauxhall, already an established car manufacturer established Bedford Vehicles as a subsidiary and began to manufacturer commercial vehicles it now competes alongside other light commercial manufacturers like Volkswagen, Peugeot and Ford.
Vauxhall Van loading space
The Corsa’s payload capacity is 571kg and it delivers a fantastic fuel economy of up to 85.6mpg. The load volume of 0.92 cubic metres, make it small but economical. It can carry a load length of 1257mm by a width of 1264mm. The only entry point to the load area is a rear tailgate.
With the Combo comes the highest payload in its class with a payload capacity of up to a tonne. With a generous 3.4 cubic metres of space on the long standard wheelbase model this can be increased to 4.2 cubic metres on the long wheelbase version – a lot of space for this class of van.
With a choice of 2 wheelbases the Vivaro has a payload capacity of up to 1,281kg and up to 8.6 cubic metres of load space volume. The cargo load length at is 2537mm in the L1 wheelbase and 2937mm in the L2. The Vivaro Crew Cab comes in a choice of 4 options – L1H1 and L2H1 (different wheelbase, same height and rear panels) and L1H1 and L2H1 completely glazed. The maximum load length at floor of the Double Cab versions is 2023mm on the L1 and 2423mm on the L2 and the maximum load length behind the rear seats is 1340mm on the L1 and 1740 with the L2. The width is 1662mm and the maximum height is 1387mm. The load space volume with the addition of the second row of seats is 3.3 cubic metres in the short wheelbase model and 4.2 cubic metres in the long wheelbase version.
The Movano has twin rear doors, which open up to 180 degrees and lock into place at 90 degrees with the option to choose 270-degree opening doors. With so many options the Vauxhall Movano is available in almost whatever size you want with options including single rear drive, twin rear wheel drive and the standard front wheel drive versions. There are four load lengths and four payload capacity options. All have an easy accessible load area with wide sliding side doors which will take a Euro pallet sideways in the L2, L3 and L4 wheelbase optons. The full height doors on the H2 version meant that load heights of 1820mm can be accommodated. The load length available is up to 4.38 cubic metres and all loads can be secured with multiple anchorage/lashing points.
The Vauxhall Van Engine Range.
Choose between the Corsa 1.2 litre, 70hp petrol engine and the 3 diesel 1.3 litre engines in 75hp, 95hp and 95hp Sportive all with start/stop technology. The fuel economy varies depending on the type of driving but the combined figure of Urban and Extra-Urban driving can deliver 52.3mpg with the petrol engine and between 74.3 and 85.6mpg with the diesel options. CO2 emissions range from 87 to 126 g/km.
The Combo engine is available in 4 diesel options and one, petrol. You can opt for 1.3 CTDi ecoFLEX with combined fuel consumption of up to 58.9mpg and low C02 emissions of 126g/km, which gives excellent economy and is ideal for light urban duties. For more demanding payloads the 2.0 CDTi diesel engine deliver great power and makes it the best in class. The petrol version with its 1.4 litre engine delivers a combined fuel economy of up to 40.4mg. With all engines start/stop is available.
The 5 engines in the Vivaro range are -
1.6 CDTi 16V 90hp – Combined fuel economy 42.8-43.5mpg, CO2 170-174
16 CDTi 16V 90 hp with start/stop Ecoflex - comb Fuel economy 45.6-46.4mpg, CO2 160-164
1.6 CDTi 16V with 115 hp - comb Fuel economy 43.8-43.5mpg, CO2 170-174
1.6 CDTi 16V 120hp start/stop Ecoflex - comb fuel economy 40.3-47.9mpg, CO2 155-185
1.6 CDTi 16V 140hp BiTurbo start/stop Ecoflex – comb fuel economy 45.6-46.3mpg, CO2 160-164
The 2.3CDTI Movano diesel engine is designed for excellent efficiency and improved performance. Available in 3 power options 100hp 125hp and 150hp they are chain-driven as opposed to belt-driven. 6 speed manual gearbox is standard on the Movano and offers greater fuel consumption and improved driving performance and the gear-shift indicator light informs the driver when to change gear for the best performance.
Vauxhall Van Safety
Standard safety features of the Vauxhall Van range includes ESP Electronic Stability Programme featuring Traction Control and driver’s airbag with other standard features dependent on the chosen van but which include reverse parking sensors, speed limiter and lighting pack.