Vauxhall, acknowledged leader in the UK dualfuel market, will unveil more "firsts" in the field at the Drive 2002 show at Gaydon, Warwickshire, on 18 and 19 September.

The important diesel and alternative fuel show will see these firsts, all available to drive:

The popular 1.8 litre engine - Euro 4 compliant and fitted with gas sequential injection - is the latest to join power choices for the alternative fuel models. Alongside the new 1.8 litre power unit, two 1.6 litre variants feature in Astra models.

Thanks to the substantially lower retail price of LPG compared to petrol or diesel, it is possible to travel 50 per cent further for the same fuel cost when running a Vauxhall dualfuel model.

With nudging 1200 LPG stations across the country drivers are rarely far away from a refuelling site.

Says Paul Adler, sales operations development manager at Vauxhall: "The dualfuel market is gathering momentum. London's £5 a day congestion charging, avoided in dualfuel vehicles, coupled with major running cost savings, are some of the catalysts. Another is the increasing awareness of the environmental friendliness of liquefied petroleum gas."

Vauxhall will also have its new Combo and Astravan available to drive in dualfuel versions.

Vauxhall's legendary diesel power is also heavily showcased. For example in New Vectra drivers will be able to experience the two DTi 2.0 litre and 2.2 litre engines. Closely related, the engines feature direct injection, charge air-cooling and four-valve technology driven by a single overhead camshaft.

The 2.2 litre engine can be specified with Vauxhall's new five-speed automatic transmission, the first time Vectra has been offered with a diesel auto option

:: On hand at Drive 2002 will be Eric Westlake and Dave Sellors, Vauxhall's Dualfuel sales consultants, who can help Fleet decision makers understand the benefits of switching to LPG by demonstrating Vauxhall's sophisticated LPG whole life cost calculator model.

Published : 06/09/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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