The New Tigra

Vauxhall will have plenty to talk about at the forthcoming Sunday Times Motor Show Live at Birmingham’s NEC. From the launch of a whole new car brand, through to concept cars and numerous UK model debuts, the UK’s second largest player will not be short of news….

In line with the company’s plan to lead the industry in driving excitement and innovative design the Show marks the launch of two exciting new projects.

First to be launched will be Vauxhall’s new premium sports brand, VXR. Inspired by the company’s long history of racing success in touring cars, VXR is all about affordable performance, unmistakable looks, presence and exclusivity.

Two stunning new VXR models – a VX220 and Monaro – are on the Vauxhall stand to mark the birth of VXR, but watch this space because there’ll be plenty more to follow.

Secondly, the all new Tigra, complete with retractable hard top, makes its UK debut. Launched to great public acclaim at the Geneva motor show in March, the new Tigra will carry on where the old model left off – loved by its owners for its fresh design and sheer driving fun.

However while the new model has all the virtues associated with pure two-seater, open top motoring, it also boasts impressive versatility, with a boot space of 440 litres and an additional 70 litres of space behind the two seats.

Tigra will be powered by the new 1.4 16v 90 hp petrol engine with its state of the art Twinport technology, or the more powerful 1.8 125 hp unit.

A comprehensive display of new Astras will of course take centre stage, the show being the first time many of the public will have the opportunity to admire Vauxhall’s new segment leader, both inside and out. The new model goes on sale on 1 May.

With 2004 seeing a big push on diesel for Vauxhall, a number of sporty diesel models will be displayed, headed up by the company’s world-record breaking Eco Speedster, a concept with striking VX220 bodywork and powered by the frugal new 1.3 CDTi common rail diesel engine.

Further proof that diesel is now fun can be seen in the shape of the Vectra Essen, a Vectra hatch built by Vauxhall’s sister company OPC (Opel Performance Centre) which produces 212 hp from its 1.9 CDTi twin turbo diesel engine and has the looks to match.

A motor show just wouldn’t be a motor show without a sprinkling of adroitly positioned concept cars. So in addition to the Eco Speedster, the stunning Insignia with its considerable presence should receive plenty of attention; no less attention-grabbing is the VX Lightning which was built to celebrate Vauxhall’s centenary in 2003. The VX Lightning has been in continual demand from around the world since its debut in London last year, and Birmingham is another chance for the public to see just how exciting GM designs are becoming.

Published : 11/05/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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