Ken Strachan recounts the rarely told story of the sporting saloons that emerged from Luton. a fine line of VX4/90s entertained generations of drivers. Now it’s your turn.
The Silver Aero was based on the Mk1 version of the Vauxhall Cavalier Sports Hatch, and looked stunning thanks to aggressive looking body modifications. It went as well as it looked, thanks to a RayJay tuirbo and Blydenstein-tuned engine.
Keith Adams It’s hard not to love the message being pushed by GM’s genius marketing team in 1985. From its launch in 1981, the brilliant Vauxhall Cavalier MkII was stealing sales left, right and centre from Austin Rover and Ford, offering up a package that reps and middle managers really wanted. This advert makes it clear, in […]
The estate car is dead… Long live the Sports Tourer. Vauxhall has recently extended its CoTY 2016 award-winning Astra range with the addition of some all-new load-luggers, but are they worthy of the Sports Tourer name? The Astra is most definitely Vauxhall’s answer to perpetual motion, isn’t it? Rather like post boxes and corner shops, they have been street […]
The seventh-generation Vauxhall Astra has been voted the European Car of the Year in a hard-fought competition that saw it fight off some tough challengers, including the Jaguar XE. The new family hatchback scored 309 points from the 58-strong Jury with the Volvo XC90 SUV in second place with 294 points and the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 in third with 202 points.
Lighter, faster, more efficient and better value than before. On paper, it looks like Vauxhall has a class-leader on its hands. There’s a lot riding on the new British-built midliner – can it see off the opposition and live up to its promise?
Fashion is a wonderful thing. Geneva, Paris and Frankfurt play host to some amazing new designs, the most innovative of which, end up being mimicked by all manner of car manufacturers. But sometimes less obvious cars fire up the imagination. When the British-designed Nissan Qashqai and Juke stormed into the showrooms, rival makers rushed back […]
Vauxhall’s new pragmatism… FEW WOULD have predicted Vauxhall’s stunning turn-around in fortunes during the mid-1980s. A mere dozen years before the launch of the Cavalier Mk2 in August 1981, the UK’s iconic GM division had a shocking reputation in its home market for producing rusting cars that just didn’t stack up against the opposition from […]
The Vauxhall Cavalier Mk3 (or Opel Vectra A for our European readers) was a completely different animal to the popular car that it replaced… well, it was to look at. Mike Humble tells the story of GM’s streamlined Ford Sierra fighter. The streamliner that everybody loved Towards the latter part of the 1980s, the Ford […]
Keith Adams In the coming weeks, my working life is about to change in a big way. Out will go the convenience of working from home for the bonus of an extra-long working week, as in comes the pleasures of a daily commute – and work in an office. These things happen, and it’s certainly going to […]
Keith Adams takes a sideways look at one of the sheds that littered the highways and by-ways of the UK. Forgotten today, the Vauxhall Chevette was once the apple of England’s eye. However, back in the summer of 1987 – for better or worse – Keith Adams also succumbed to the Griffin’s charms. The General comes […]
Keith Adams continues AROnline‘s series devoted to celebrating the great and the good that used to be familiar UK street furniture. Who remembers the Astra Mk1, a blisteringly capable, fun-to-drive small car that redefined Vauxhall’s standing in the small car field? We do, and we love ’em! A quantum leap The Astra was a landmark […]
Once again, Mike Humble takes a drive down the roads of yesterday and celebrate the cars that littered the highways and byways of Britain that now are virtually all gone in this popular series of classic clunkers. Going the distance… eventually You know, I’m sitting here right now thumbing through one of my many collected […]
Between 1975 and 1995, the Vauxhall Cavalier was one of the UK’s favourite family cars. Watch three generations of TV advertising to see just how the Cavalier moved with the times. Enjoy the changing styles through 20 years of Vauxhall, and let us know which is your favourite of the three… 1975 Vauxhall Cavalier Mk1 […]
Size really does matter Current mileage 12,905 Claimed economy 62.8mpg Actual economy 47.7mpg Regular readers will recall me giving my Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer a bit of a kicking for its less-than-impressive fuel returns in my previous report. It’s not as if fuel consumption in the high-forties is actually that bad for a near-4.7m long […]
I like the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer. It’s an honest car, that’s well-made, well-designed and which performs well on the UK’s motorway network. And over the months, I’ve really grown to appreciate some of those clever little touches that make life so much easier. But I really wish it was more economical. In average driving, […]
Current mileage 12,101 Claimed economy 62.8mpg Actual economy 48.1mpg One of the joys of living in a multi-vehicle household is that there’s always work to do on one of the cars. And because I have a taste for fast hatchbacks from the 1970s and ’80s in particular – and the rarer the better – I’m […]
Vauxhall is celebrating its status as the UK’s oldest surviving car manufacturer by displaying seven of its historic models at the Footman James Classic Motor Show, held at the NEC in Birmingham on 16-18 November. The seven car line-up spans 1904-2012, and promises to celebrate the Luton company’s enduring sporting heritage. This will be the […]
We’re moving towards the 1980s, and the hottest new ticket in town is GM’s exciting new front-wheel drive Opel Kadett/Vauxhall Astra. To see how good it was, What Car? magazine pitched a saloon version against the Austin Allegro and Colt Lancer. The result was pretty clear then – but would it be the case now? […]
Keith Adams Current mileage 12,101miles Claimed economy 62.8mpg Actual economy 49.6mpg I’d been complaining that the Astra was beginning to feel a little on the baggy side on the run-up to its service – there were some clonking noises coming from the front suspension and that venerable 1.7-litre turbodiesel was beginning to sound a little […]