World's Biggest Ever Test Drive Programme Begins This Weekend

Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch

Vauxhall Astra

  • 54,000 British drivers expected to take part in three-day long tests
  • Buyers given real chance to experience Vauxhall quality and driving dynamics

Anyone looking to buy a new car this weekend will be lucky to get more than a quick whizz around the block to test their prospective purchase - unless they go to a Vauxhall retailer. With research showing that around half of all new car buyers will happily spend thousands of pounds on a new motor without ever driving it, Vauxhall has decided to give buyers the chance to see how a car really performs in people’s everyday lives with a three-day test drive - and you don’t even have to have the salesman sitting in the passenger seat!

The initiative, which starts on Friday 1 April and will last for three months, is part of the biggest test drive programme the world has ever seen, with 54,000 drivers expected to take part in the UK alone. Across Europe around 35,000 test cars will be made available in 40 European countries, and a total of more than a million miles are expected to be driven by potential customers in the three month campaign.

In the UK, Vauxhall retailers now have ready an extra 2,300 cars available to cater for the extra demand. Models across the range are on offer, including the newly-launched Astra Sport Hatch and the extra-value Breeze editions of Corsa, Meriva, Astra, Zafira and Vectra.

Vauxhall van retailers will also be taking part in the giant sales initiative, and the whole of the commercial vehicle range is be available as part of the programme. Eligible business customers will be offered test drives in Corsavan, Astravan, Combo, Vivaro and Movano models.

Certain restrictions will obviously apply to the offer and demand is expected to be high, so customers should contact their local Vauxhall retailer for more information and to book a drive.

Published 1 April 2005 Melanie Carter
 

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