Vauxhall unveiled a new direction at the NEC today, with the UK debut of the astonishing Eco-Speedster at the British International Motor Show.
A two-seater sports car with a top speed of 155 mph, the Eco-Speedster concept car has a diesel engine that can deliver a staggering 113 mpg.
Based on the VX220, the Eco-Speedster prototype marks the start of Vauxhall’s new emphasis on diesel power. The company plans to launch four new diesel engines for its production models between now and the end of 2003.
Vauxhall managing director Kevin Wale said: “The Eco-Speedster is the symbol of our comprehensive diesel offensive and at the same time demonstrates the expertise of Vauxhall in powertrains, lightweight design and aerodynamics.”
The company’s brand and strategy manager, Peter Hope, added: “The Eco-Speedster was designed to break a speed record set by an Opel-designed diesel sports car in 1972.
“Being a concept, it won’t go into actual production, but elements of it will be used in other vehicles we produce. In essence, it announces our commitment to developing a broader range of diesel vehicles in the coming year.”Published 22 October 2002