The latest additions to the Vauxhall range make the model line-up more stylish, fun and practical.

The Vauxhall Astra Coupe is the latest dynamic addition, designed to combine style with performance and practicality. Built by Bertone in a new factory in Italy, the Astra Coupe comes with two new ECOTEC engines in 2.2 litre 16v and 2.0 turbo versions as well as the existing 1.8 16v. Inside there is plenty of space for four adults, while the new coupe also boasts the same boot space as the Astra saloon. Astra Coupe goes on sale in July.

March also saw the launch of the Vauxhall Agila, the first European model in the expanding mini-people carrier (MPC) segment. Two lively and economical ECOTEC multi-valve petrol engines are used in either 1.0 or 1.2 litre sizes in the Agila, which combines fun with functionality with its compact exterior and spacious interior.

Agila is one of the best equipped cars in the mini car segment with high levels of safety and driver convenience features and comes with a 12 year anti-perforation warranty. The Agila goes on sale in June.


Vectra, once again, was the best-selling car in its sector in March. Overall Vauxhall’s market share for the first quarter of 2000 was 13.7 per cent, an increase on its market share over the same period last year.

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Car buyers looking for a new Vauxhall can now save £200 on the negotiated price of their car, simply by being accepted as a GM Cardholder.

GM Card, the credit card from Vauxhall Motors, is offering 200 Rebate Points free to every new cardholder. Each rebate point is worth £1 off the price of a new Vauxhall – this is in addition to the negotiated price.


The Vauxhall Vectra accelerated away from the opposition to take the title as the best car in the upper medium segment in the UK, as part of the annual awards from the influential trade journal Fleet News.

In addition, Vauxhall’s seven-seater Zafira maintained its award-winning record when it was named the best mini-MPV.


An on-line car rental scheme launched this month has chosen Vauxhall to supply 50 Corsa models for the new service. is operated by Leeds-based LCH Car Hire, currently operating 20 offices in major cities in the UK.

The new internet service will offer a Corsa 1.0 litre Envoy for hire at £19.98 per day including insurance, VAT and free delivery and collection, initially within the M25. By the early summer hopes to be operating up to 1,000 Corsas throughout the UK.


Manchester based industrial products distributor BSL, with a fleet of over 400 vehicles, has selected Vauxhall to supply up to 200 Vectras, Astras and Combo vans as part of an 18 month contract.

Vauxhall has scooped another major contract, this time with Tupperware United Kingdom and Ireland Ltd, to supply cars for its sales force. The first batch of 30 cars, of what will be a large number of vehicles over two years, will be delivered this month.

A Glasgow based engineering company has benefited from Vauxhall’s efficiency with the delivery of 40 Vauxhall Movanos at very short notice. First Engineering, whose fleet is mainly Ford, ordered the specially equipped Movanos for its new contract with Railtrack