With spiralling fuel costs and punitive company car taxes, it’s easy to think that stylish motoring is being pushed out of the reach of many buyers. But Vauxhall is coming to the rescue with a car which combines one of the world’s most fuel-efficient engines with the head-turning ability of the dazzling drop-top Tigra.
Using the same 1.3-litre CDTi turbo diesel engine which has already been warmly received in the Corsa supermini, the stylish Tigra will instantly become the most economical roadster in Britain when it goes on sale in January. Returning an incredible 48.7mpg on the combined cycle and an amazing 72.4mpg in the official government extra-urban test, the average motorist covering 12,000 miles a year could save around £450 annually by choosing the Tigra CDTi rather than some of its petrol-engined rivals.
And the savings don’t stop there for company car drivers. With CO2 emissions of just 124g/km, the Tigra CDTi falls into the lowest possible tax band for conventionally-engined vehicles, at just 15 per cent - even under the new stricter bandings being introduced for the 2005-2006 tax year.
The new engine won’t dilute driving excitement either. With 70PS and 170Nm of torque, the Tigra CDTi has more than enough pulling power to make sure drivers don’t feel they’ve sacrificed performance. And like the existing 1.4 and 1.8-litre petrol-engined models, the new oil-burner comes as standard with a sophisticated electro-hydraulic retractable steel roof and stylish lines which have made the Tigra a sell-out success.
Tigra Brand Manager, Sara Nicholson said: "Rising petrol prices, company car taxes and concerns about the environment mean that buyers are looking for the most fuel-efficient cars possible, but they don't want to give up style or performance.
"With a CDTi Tigra, Vauxhall has created a real head-turner which is actually one of the most economical cars in Britain. The average driver could save enough in fuel and tax costs every year to top up their tan on a holiday. That should make sure it isn’t just the Tigra which turns heads! "
Prices have yet to be announced, but it is expected that the Tigra CDTi will cost around £14,500 when it goes on sale in January.
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