To say that Vauxhall is an exciting brand would be a barefaced lie. It's like saying that rice cakes are fun, or that a Bic biro is a well-crafted writing tool. I've never met anyone who, waking up one morning, has gone: "Oooooh, I really dream of owning a Vauxhall." It's nothing Vauxhall has done, either. It makes great cars, that do their jobs day in, day out. Sadly, their jobs are the same as the middle management reps that buy them. In all, Vauxhall gives off the image that only carpet salesmen are exciting … Read more
There was a time when cars had sensible names. Names like Marina and Capri. Or Princess. They were reassuring; they were names that conjured up the exotic so that middle-aged men in Kidderminster could imagine that if they drove one that they, too, would be the dashing man about town who woman would want to touch inappropriately.
It was a time when marketing really sold cars. In fact I don't think I've ever seen an advert for a Ford Capri that didn't include a rather attractive woman in a short skirt. And if there is one, I … Read more
Perhaps you've never thought about what is inside your airbag, other than air.
This story might make you wonder.
In 2010, Ronald Smith of Scotland, was involved in a six-car accident, during which his airbag deployed successfully. He wasn't hurt, even though he had been hit from behind and had struck the car in front.
The crash was of sufficient force that his car window broke and pierced the airbag of his Vauxhall Insignia. (Vauxhall Motors is owned by General Motors.) After the crash, Smith, an engineer, reported seeing white powder emerge from the airbag. His face was … Read more
The first 40 miles you drive in a fully charged 2011 Chevrolet Volt uses energy stored in the 16kWh battery to propel the vehicle, with the 1.4-liter gas engine kicking in only when the battery is drained and needs to be recharged. But GM engineers are working on a switch for the British version of the Volt, the Vauxhall Ampera slated for 2012, that will let U.K. drivers decide when to drive in electric-only mode and when to use the gas engine, according to an article in TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk.
The tweak is designed to suit the driving … Read more
The Insignia is the first production car that can read road signs. It uses a camera to recognize speed limit signs, displaying the limit in the cabin as a reminder to the driver. This camera also works as a lane departure warning system.