November News From Vauxhall

Vectra Estate Gets Off To A Roaring Start

Within 10 days of going on sale, the new Vectra Estate has scored its largest fleet deal yet. Wrigleys, the chewing gum company, took delivery of 25 new Vectra Estates LS 2.0 DTi (around £425,000 at showroom prices).

The new Vectra Estate offers maximum loading and space area in its class.

A wide range of models and engines are available from the entry-level 1.8 16v LS to the range topping 3.2 litre V6 Elite. Vauxhall’s new 3.0 V6 CDTi common rail diesel features on two models, while other recently introduced engines, the 2.2 16v Direct and 2.0 Turbo petrol units, are also available.

Meriva Wins Swedish Praise

The Vauxhall Meriva has been named Family Car of the Year 2003 in Sweden. The MPV was praised for its versatile seating concept and its high level of safety.

Green Apples

The Vauxhall plant in Ellesmere Port has been awarded two more Green Apple awards for ‘commendable environmental practices’. This is the sixth award Vauxhall has won over the last four years.

The awards are supported by bodies including the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Chartered Institution of Waste Management.

Van Graffiti May Disappear As More Drivers Choose Their Own Vans

Van drivers are increasingly being given a say in what vehicle they would like to drive – these drivers take a greater pride in their vehicles and as a result white vans could stay cleaner for longer.

Vauxhall commissioned a study into the latest LCV trends and revealed that more than a third of respondents anticipated increasing the size of their fleets over the next 2-3 years. 17 per cent of survey respondents claimed to have business car drivers on their fleets who have changed from cars to LCVs to reduce BiK tax liability.

Vauxhall’s sales in the van market at 37,559 are up a staggering 60.3 per cent and the company’s market share has topped 16.2 per cent, up from 11.6 per cent on the same time last year.

Vauxhall Zafira Helps Motability Jubilee

The Motability Scheme which, since 1978 has helped 1.7 million individuals through the provision of a car or motorised wheelchair has celebrated its silver jubilee.

To mark the occasion a specially adapted Vauxhall Zafira was handed over to Len Clark of Hammersmith. With the aid of a Motability grant hand controls were installed that can operate the accelerator, brake and indicators.

Vauxhall was a founder member of Motability and is one of the largest suppliers of cars to the scheme.

Published 2 December 2003 Melanie Carter
 
 

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