Vauxhall is offering September new plate buyers the widest choice and the best possible finance deals across its range.

From town runabout Agila to big-family Zafira, from Corsa to the absolutely huge Astra range options there is a car for every reason.

And more. The eye-catching, head turning all-new Vectra kid is now making its presence felt on the block with a Club model aimed at the private buyer! Those without kids may be wooed by Vauxhall's stunning sports car, the VX220, and those with a countryside bent by the Frontera.

With the new "52" plate change Vauxhall is winning thousands of new converts, with some spectacular financial offers formulated for its late summer campaign. A bumper July market whose growth was driven by private demand, up 14.1 per cent, shows the importance car manufacturers place on the private buyer.

Right through to the end of September Vauxhall dealers have a range of options to ensure buyers get the best possible deal.

The most popular finance package – three-year 0% finance – is available on a wide selection of cars, including for the first time, the award-winning Zafira GSi Turbo. On Corsa free finance applies to Club, ECO, Life and SXi models.

Convertible Benefit

Astra models benefiting from the deal are the Club and SXi, the 1.8 and 2.2 litre-engined Coupe variants (excl. SE2), and the sparkling Convertible fitted with 1.6, 1.8 or 2.2 litre engines.

Zafira GSi Turbo joins the Zafira Club, Comfort and Elegance in the offer.

All cars in the free finance offer require a 40 per cent deposit, except for the VX220 sports car which requires a £7,500 deposit (32 per cent).

Vauxhall has acted to ensure that today's insurance rates do not put a new Corsa – or Astra SXi – out of bounds for potential owners.

Up to 30 September, orders from drivers aged 21-80 for Corsa Club, Life, ECO, SXi and Astra SXi will qualify for one year's free insurance. For younger drivers aged 17-20, a £500 insurance subsidy, to be used with a Vauxhall Insurance scheme, is available on the same models.

To round up the incentives Vauxhall has added a straightforward customer saving. This has the effect of giving £200 off a Corsa three-door SXi 1.2i 16v, cuts £335 from the list price of an Astra SXi, and £500 from a Zafira Club.

Free Servicing

The smallest car in the Vauxhall range, the brilliant runabout Agila which begins at just £6,995, is made even more attractive with a free three-year service package.

But there is more than just the initial cost to think about: everyday running costs, repairs, insurance are equally important. With each succeeding generation of models, Vauxhall is working hard to improve fuel consumption, reduce servicing costs and cut repair costs to keep insurance rates down.

These are some of the ways that policy is working out:

What's in Vauxhall showrooms now:

The Astra family is the largest of all Vauxhall models. It begins with saloon, hatchback and estate versions with engines from 1.6 litre to 2.2 litre, and moves through the good-looking Astra Coupe — including the highly-praised turbo version — to the beautiful Convertible which oozes with up-market features such as the standard remote control electric soft top that have previously been the domain of the larger, luxury-class convertibles. The Convertible is also now available with turbo power.

The award-winning Zafira is also part of the Astra family, based on the same mechanical components, and only an inch longer than the Astra estate, yet with its unique Flex7 system turning Zafira from a two seater to a seven-seater family transporter in less than a minute. For families in a hurry there is no need to look any further than the Zafira GSi turbo, the fastest MPV on the road.

The most economical and environmentally friendly Astra ever built, the Astra ECO 4, combines top fuel economy with low emissions. The model is based on the 1.7 DTi diesel engine but fuel consumption has been lifted to an impressive 64.2 mpg.

New this summer is the Corsa Club ECO that takes its fuel saving cues from the Astra - like low-resistance tyres, lowered suspension and underbody tray to aid air flow.

Club ECO is fitted with the Easytronic auto-manual gearbox that can be driven by those with an automatic-only licence and gets you 57.6 miles on a gallon of petrol!

Not bad for a five-seater 1.0 litre car at just £8,995 (£375 more for the 1.2 litre engine).

Also new is the Corsa Life special edition that brings with it a healthy appetite for city driving and superb feature specification. In addition a stylish electrically-operated full-length canvas sunroof is an optional extra. On-the-road cost is £8,495, or £8,890 with Easytronic transmission.

Corsa — rightly dubbed the biggest small car that Vauxhall has ever built — comes with loads of space, thanks to its longest-in-class wheelbase, lots of versatility thanks to its six-engine choice, and a big trim and equipment range running to six choices. Models are Club, GLS, SXi, Comfort and Elegance, along with SRi, a badge that has been synonymous with performance Vauxhalls for many years.

Corsa is cheap to buy and cheap to own and run: the two 1.7-litre direct-injection turbo diesels are particularly frugal, each returning 60.1 mpg in the combined mode. Sporty SRi has a 1.8 litre engine.

All Corsa 1.0 litre models have the lowest possible 1E insurance category — and other models with larger engines are in categories below Corsa's main competitors.

Club, a special version of the all-new Vectra is specifically aimed at the private buyer. Vauxhall has a Club in several of its car lines, traditionally popular with private retail buyers, offering good value for money, generous specification and attractive finance support.

The new Vectra Club is no different. Based on the Vectra LS and with the same on the road price of £14,645, the Vectra Club also comes with attractive, five-spoke 16 inch alloy wheels as standard.

Available as a five-door hatch and four-door saloon, buyers can choose between the 1.8 16v petrol, or 2.0 DTi diesel engine.

All models in the new Vectra range boast a terrific standard specification, which means the Club gets air conditioning, six air bags, ABS, reach and rake adjust steering, cruise control, remote control central locking, alarm, CD player, electric front windows and mirrors, rain sensitive wipers and service interval indicator all standard.

Combine the value for money purchase price with the low insurance group of 7E and service intervals of up to 20,000 miles for the petrol and up to 30,000 miles for the 2.0 DTi, and the Vectra Club starts to look like unbeatable value. On the road prices: £14,645 - 1.8 16v and £15,545 - 2.0 DTi.

The Agila runabout four seater is all about fun combined with functionality. It has to be the easiest car to park, and inside its compact body is a very spacious interior.

The ultimate in manoeuvrability for easy in-town driving comes from the car's overall length of just 11ft 6in (3.50 metres), and the choice of responsive and frugal 1.0 or 1.2 litre petrol engines from Vauxhall’s ECOTEC family; both qualify for reduced excise duty.

Agila has lots of space for four in its versatile interior with three interior trims and seven bright external colours. It has a raised seating position for best visibility through its large window area.

VX220 continues to capture the imagination of sports enthusiasts.

Which is not surprising bearing in mind that for just £22,995 on the road you get a no-compromise 137 mph sports car developed especially for enthusiasts, powered by an all-aluminium ECOTEC 2.2 litre engine in a really eye-catching bodyshell. It is extra safe, too, with ABS and driver's airbag as standard.

An option is the VX220 Lightning Yellow, the striking colour complemented by an interior of black leather with floor mats.

Other visual changes from the standard VX220 include a black windscreen surround and unique anthracite alloy wheels. A hard top, colour coded in Lightning Yellow and with a normal option price of £1,200, is also fitted as standard.

Frontera is Vauxhall's surefooted sporty off-roader with a deliberately commanding driving position that allows its owners to indulge their spirit of adventure. At the same time it is a sophisticated vehicle for everyday on-road use.

In both three-door Sport and five-door Estate versions, Frontera has a solid, rugged stance that says it is ready for anything thrown at it — helped by push-button shift-on-the-move 4WD, and both diesel and petrol engines.

A 205PS 3.2 litre engine formerly reserved for the Estate models, is now also offered in the Sport Olympus model, linked with ABS, air conditioning and cruise control.

With these specifications Frontera is equally at home on the Kings Road as off-road where it is not just a recreational vehicle, but also a true workhorse. Frontera buyers have three engine choices - 2.2 16v petrol and 2.2 DTi turbo diesel are the other options.

Omega offers stress free long distance motoring in luxury more often associated with far more expensive cars. Coupled with high levels of passive and active safety measures, reliability and the backing of the world's largest motor manufacturer, Omega is attractive to both the business and family motorist.

With additional features like cruise control, satellite navigation and top quality audio systems, it is a class leader in terms of comfort, safety, specification and value for money.

Vauxhall has maintained a wide choice with a 2.2 petrol and 2.2 DTi engine, alongside a 2.6 litre V6 and the range-topping 3.2 litre V6.

Published : 07/08/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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