Show Compare List
Previous Vehicle Next Vehicle

Vauxhall/GM marks 90-year anniversary as 500-million landmark reached

Posted on:

Vauxhall/GM marks 90-year anniversary as 500-million landmark reached

General Motors today became the first car manufacturer in the world to produce 500 million vehicles, as Vauxhall in the UK - GM's fourth largest market - celebrated 90 years of ownership by the US company.

‘During 2015, we expect to sell more than 1,000 new vehicles per  hour, 24 hours per day,’ said Mary Barra, GM’s CEO. ‘This adds up to  nearly ten million vehicles, the most in our history. I look at this  extraordinary volume as ten million opportunities to prove what kind of  company we are and to say thank you.’

The landmark figure came 90 years after General Motors purchased  Vauxhall in 1925 in what was the American company’s first overseas  acquisition. Luton-based Vauxhall, which is Britain’s oldest surviving  car manufacturer, very quickly repaid GM’s investment and to date has  sold nearly 14.5 million vehicles in its own right.

Like its parent company, which pioneered the automatic transmission,  the V-8 engine and the first airbags in a production vehicle, Vauxhall  has a long history of innovation too. Just 10 years into GM ownership it produced the DY and DX models, the first British cars with independent  front suspension. Two years later the H-type was launched, the first  British car to have an integral body and chassis.

But perhaps the most significant achievement for Vauxhall is its 112  years of continuous vehicle production, even during both World Wars when it manufactured the D-type Army Staff Car and Churchill Tank  respectively from its Kimpton Road plant in Luton. Today, Vauxhall’s  Vivaro van is still built on Kimpton Road, with a further five million  vehicles produced by the company’s Ellesmere Port plant since it opened  in 1964.

‘Vauxhall has made a significant contribution to GM’s success, and we are very proud to be part of its global family,’ said Tim Tozer,  Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director. 

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.

MOTOR TRADER AWARDS 2017 - SUZUKI NAMED AS CARMAKER OF THE YEAR

MOTOR TRADER AWARDS 2017 - SUZUKI NAMED AS CARMAKER OF ...

Posted on: 21st Jul 2017

Suzuki GB is very pleased to announce some great news from the recent Motor Trader Awards where it picked up the Carmaker of the Year Award for 2017. The awards were held in London with over 1,000 guests in attendance and the judging panel voted for Suzuki for its clear focus on selling a range of small cars and SUVs, a memorable marketing campaign...

CHARISMATIC BY DESIGN: THE ALL-NEW HYUNDAI i30 FASTBACK

CHARISMATIC BY DESIGN: THE ALL-NEW HYUNDAI i30 FASTBACK...

Posted on: 21st Jul 2017

After introducing the Hyundai i30 in March 2017 and the i30 Tourer this month, Hyundai Motor has unveiled the i30 Fastback - the latest addition to the i30 range, available by the beginning of next year. The new body type reflects Hyundai's design language while giving it a sophisticated twist with an elegant character.

KIA RIO NOW HAS A BEATING PULSE

KIA RIO NOW HAS A BEATING PULSE

Posted on: 21st Jul 2017

The new Kia Rio, launched just a few months ago, is now setting Pulses racing faster with the introduction of a special Limited Edition model. The Rio Pulse enters the line-up between the mid-grade 2 and high-grade 3 versions and costs £14,595 on the road. The price includes either Clear White or Midnight Black paint as standard, this is a...