Archive for the ‘Vauxhall’ Category

Astra VXR Extreme could turn fantasy into reality

This Opel/Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme is about to hit the halls in Geneva and while there may be more exotic cars from the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini and some unknown Euro startup manufacturer not many will be quite as cool as this. Much like the equally awesome Renault Megane R26.R, this is a hi-po stripped […]

This is what we’re missing out on

Opel is bringing a refreshed line up of Insignia models to Frankfurt and Vauxhall UK brings us up to speed on the VXR SuperSport. In short, it’s their go fast version of the mid-size Insignia, available as Hatch or Sports Tourer (pictured). Of course, it’s the estate layout that’s the pick of the bunch. The […]

Germany v Australia

Steve Sutcliffe from Autocar brings us a clash of cultures with a great V8 estate debate. It’s the Audi RS4 versus the Vauxhall (nee Holden) VXR8. Germany v Australia. David v Goliath. We love fast wagons here at AUSmotive and, really, who doesn’t love a V8! Which would you choose? [Thanks to John for the […]

“Hatchbacks are just cool aren’t they!”

Chris Harris has just had a play with three of the hottest hot hatchbacks money can buy: the hideous yet apparently very capable Ford Focus ST, the media’s favourite Renault Megane RS265 and the Vauxhall Astra VXR (coming to Australia as the Opel Astra OPC). True to form the outcome follows the expected script, but […]

2012 Paris Motor Show in pictures – part 2

Here’s part 2 of our 2012 Paris Motor Show in pictures gallery, which brings you manufacturers from M–Z. Join us as we admire the McLaren P1, the Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupé, the Peugeot Onyx and the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo. We’re wavering a little with our admiration of the Mercedes-Benz A Class, but nothing can […]

An airbag didn’t save my life

In mid-November 2010 Ron Smith, a Scottish engineer from South Bents in northern England, was involved in a six-car accident. The airbag in his Vauxhall Insignia deployed and it appeared he had survived the crash without suffering any serious injuries. However, during the impact the airbag was cut open by a slice of glass and […]

Introducing the Vauxhall Adam

Seriously. What the hell is going on at Vauxhall HQ? Adam—yes, that’s what their new model will be called—is designed to be a premium compact city car. Like a MINI, only a little bit dumbed down, we suspect. For more of those crazy guys and gals and Vauxhall check out this PDF (3.8mb) and get […]

I owe you a 6 second car

Andy Frost. Red Victor. Those names ring a bell? They’re the central characters in the transformation of a 1972 Vauxhall Victor from family car to drag strip phenomenon. You may recall Fifth Gear did a story on Red Victor 1 back in 2007 (see original story after the break). Back then it made do with […]

Geneva 2012: Vauxhall Astra VXR

Vauxhall has just announced details of its aggressive new Astra VXR. In coupé form they have stated clearly they want the VXR to tackle the Volkswagen Scirocco R and Renault Megane RS 250 head on. Making a good start in that battle is the VXR’s 2.0 litre turbocharged engine which produces 280PS (206kW) and 400Nm. […]

Vauxhall GTC hot hatch concept

Okay, the Holden Cruze hatchback is not a bad looking car. But the current model Astra looks better. As it currently stands there are no plans from Holden to bring the current Astra down under. That’s a shame, really, because it means we probably won’t get to see this new GTC hot hatch on our […]