Vauxhall Monthly News - March 2004

Monaro Roars Into UK

Offering spectacular value for money, terrific looks and an engine to die for, Vauxhall’s Monaro is the ultimate modern day muscle car. A legend in its native Australia, it looks like it’ll be legendary over here too.

Featuring a 328 hp, V8 engine mated to a sporty manual box Monaro reaches 60 mph from standstill in under six seconds and offers the ultimate in driver excitement. And it’s not just a two-seater either, Monaro will seat four adults in comfort.

On sale in the UK on 12 April, Monaro is available in five spectacular colours and will cost £28,650.

Latest Generation Diesels From Vauxhall
Vauxhall is taking a major step forward in its diesel engine programme with the introduction of its latest common-rail offering. The 1.9 CDTi ECOTEC is available in two power outputs – 120 and 150 hp – and can be ordered now in Vectra hatch and estate, and Signum. It will also be one of the star engines when it becomes available in the new Astra later this year.

Coupled to a new six-speed gearbox, Vauxhall’s state of the art diesels will set the standard in performance, torque, fuel efficiency and refinement. They also meet the Euro 4 emissions standard.

Both engines develop maximum torque between 2000 and 2750 rpm. The 120 hp engine produces up to 280 Nm while the 150 hp version develops 315 Nm of torque.

The new 1.9 CDTi (120 hp) replaces the existing 2.2 DTi with models being priced the same as the outgoing engine.

First Astra Drives Off The Line At Ellesmere Port

GM Chairman Rick Wagoner visited Ellesmere Port to celebrate the first New Astra coming off the line this month. He also met employees as he toured the plant, seeing for himself the work undertaken to prepare the plant for new Astra, which goes on sale 1 May.

Vauxhall Welcomes LPG Budget News

Vauxhall welcomed the announcement on LPG duty made in The Budget 2004. After a period of uncertainty, the Chancellor gave a vote of confidence to the environmental and economic benefits of the fuel by raising duty minimally and maintaining the Powershift grant system.

Last year Vauxhall sold a record number of LPG powered cars and vans – 4117 in total – with the Vectra LS, Astra Envoy and Combo van the biggest sellers.

VX Racing Dominates BTCC Unveil

BTCC triple champion, VX Racing is back on track to defend its titles, and has unveiled its new livery for the coming season.

The team gathered at Donington Park for the 2004 season launch and dominated the time sheets, breaking the existing track record by nearly a second. Previous champion James Thompson took the honours, notching up a time of 1 minute 13.793 seconds. Team mate and current BTCC champion, Yvan Muller was just two tenths of a second behind, and new driver Luke Hines completed the VX Racing line up taking the day’s 7th quickest time.

Published 2 April 2004 Melanie Carter
 

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