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VAUXHALL’S DECADE-A-DAY – 1 – The Vauxhall 5hp Light Car

In Short Cuts, Vauxhall by Development

Built from 1903, Vauxhall’s first year of car production, and known as the ‘Light Car’, the model featured a slow-revving, single-cylinder engine producing just five horsepower. Perhaps showing Vauxhall’s roots as a producer of marine engines, the Light Car was steered by a tiller, with its speed regulated by a brass hand-wheel next to the driver. A two-speed epicyclic gearbox …

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The All-New Corsa from Vauxhall, a very good car indeed

In Car Reviews, Vauxhall by Tom Scanlan

They seek perfection, but that’s well-nigh impossible when compromises have to be made. But Vauxhall’s All-New Corsa has got pretty close! And I have changed my mind about 3-cylinder engines. The Corsa’s 1.2 was the 100PS version: particularly quiet on tick-over and enjoyably growly as the revs build up…at which point, from 2000 rpm upwards, the performance is vivacious. The …

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Reviewed the Vauxhall Grandland X SUV

In Car Reviews, Vauxhall by Neil Lyndon

Neil Lyndon drives the latest family SUV from Vauxhall When was the last time anything about a Vauxhall struck you as cool? I can’t remember a single moment since the VX220 – which is going back almost 20 years. Those tailpipes aren’t, of course, entirely original. They bear a distinct resemblance to the arrangement on the rear end of the latest generation …

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Review: Vauxhall Insignia GSi Nav Sports Tourer BiTurbo estate

In Car Reviews, Vauxhall by Neil Lyndon

 Neil Lyndon hits the Scottish highlands in the Vauxhall Insignia GSi Estate  For instance, a long time ago, I knew a woman who regularly raked in a bundle of money in pubs betting drink snobs that they couldn’t tell the difference between brandy and whisky in a blind test. “Bah!” they would scoff. “My palate is so fine-tuned, I’d have no trouble …

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Vauxhall’s ‘Griffin Greats 7’ Heritage day

In Short Cuts, Vauxhall by Tom Scanlan

Vauxhall celebrated 70 years of their heritage museum, with the ‘Griffin Greats 7’ Heritage day out…much enjoyed by Tom Scanlan. Old cars leave most people cold…why on earth trundle about in something that might not get you to the end of your journey? But mad people like me love old cars — in fact, the older, the better…READ MORE

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The rather good, Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer Review

In Car Reviews, Vauxhall by Tom Scanlan

‘Sports Tourer’…ah, yes, that means estate car, doesn’t it? Well, it used to! Never mind, they’re all at it, glamorising the mundane, and have been for many years now. So, what about Vauxhall’s latest? As a matter of fact, the all-new 2017 car is rather good. Vauxhall tells us that the new one is particularly capacious. It’s longer and lower than the outgoing version…READ MORE

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On the road in the Vauxhall Crossland X

In Car Reviews, Vauxhall by Tom Scanlan

Vauxhall says it’s doing pretty well at the moment, with buoyant sales figures and new models attracting further buyers. The Crossland X is not at all, an off-roader and is aimed, quite simply, at two markets: one is the young family and the other is the older couple whose children have left home and who might want to downsize to a sensible, smaller, yet still practical vehicle…READ MORE