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BRIT-BUILT VAUXHALL ASTRA WINS GERMANY'S 2015 GOLDEN STEERING WHEEL

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BRIT-BUILT VAUXHALL ASTRA WINS GERMANY

Vauxhall's Brit-built Astra won the best compact car honour at the prestigious Golden Steering Wheel Awards, Germany's automotive Oscars, in Berlin.

Vauxhall/Opel Group CEO Dr Karl-Thomas Neumann and Chief Marketing Officer Tina Müller attended the ceremony in the Axel-Springer-Haus, receiving the award from editors-in-chief Marion Horn (Bild am Sonntag) and Bernd Wieland (Auto Bild). The Golden Steering Wheel is awarded jointly by the two publications.

A jury consisting of readers, experts and celebrities pick the best newcomers each year after extensive test drives.

“We at Vauxhall/Opel can be extremely proud of this Golden Steering Wheel. It proves that all of our efforts have paid off. The new Astra is synonymous for lightweight, highly-efficient engines, better packaging, features from the luxury class, trendsetting connectivity and exemplary quality,” said a jubilant Dr Neumann at the award ceremony.

Opel’s CMO Tina Müller added: “We have already received more than 40,000 orders for the new Astra. And now we have won this very special prize. We can all be delighted with it.”

Built at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire, the new Astra is up to 200kg lighter than the outgoing model and thanks to its clever design it is smaller on the outside and bigger inside.

The powertrain portfolio features petrol and diesel units ranging from 100PS to 200PS, including an all-new 1.4-litre (145PS) ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo, a four-cylinder unit from the same family as the one-litre, three-cylinder engine seen in Corsa, ADAM and VIVA.

Equipped with OnStar, the first all-new Vauxhall to feature this technology; this includes high-speed 4G LTE mobile network, emergency response notification and stolen vehicle recovery technology. It is also one of the first vehicles from a mainstream manufacturer to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, available through a new version of the IntelliLink infotainment system.

THE NEW SEAT ARONA: MODERN URBAN CHARACTER

THE NEW SEAT ARONA: MODERN URBAN CHARACTER

Posted on: 16th Aug 2017

The New SEAT Arona is here, and just like the New Ibiza, is making its first appearance during a media event in Barcelona, in front of 250 international journalists. The New SEAT Arona will make its public debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September.

STAYING SAFE AND ALERT WITH THE ALL-NEW VAUXHALL GRANDLAND X SUV

STAYING SAFE AND ALERT WITH THE ALL-NEW VAUXHALL GRANDL...

Posted on: 3rd Aug 2017

The all-new Vauxhall Grandland X is setting standards for its safety systems, as the latest SUV from Vauxhall sees the launch of Driver Drowsiness Alert. The Grandland X will make its premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) from 14-24 September, and be at dealerships shortly after.

HYUNDAI IONIQ NAMED

HYUNDAI IONIQ NAMED 'BEST GREEN TECHNOLOGY' I...

Posted on: 3rd Aug 2017

A panel of fleet industry experts has named the Hyundai IONIQ as the 'Best Green Technology' for businesses. Judges of the 2017 BusinessCar Fleet Technology Awards - the 'Techies' - said the choice of three electrified powertrains for fleets was the most significant factor in giving it the top prize.

VAUXHALL REVEALS NEW INSIGNIA GSI AHEAD OF FRANKFURT DEBUT

VAUXHALL REVEALS NEW INSIGNIA GSI AHEAD OF FRANKFURT DE...

Posted on: 21st Jul 2017

With its debut set for the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Vauxhall has released first pics of the all-new Insignia GSi, which will deliver high levels of performance through all-wheel drive, a new chassis and Brembo brakes, and will be powered by a refined 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine.