More Details of New Vectra

Tue, 13 Nov 2001
To keep up momentum, GM Vauxhall has released some more details of its new Vectra which goes on sale in the UK in June 2002 as a hatchback or saloon. The hatchback will be built as part of a £200 million investment in Vauxhall's UK facility at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

At launch three petrol and two diesel engines with power outputs from 122 to 211 PS will be available. Topping the range is a new 3.2 V6 211 PS engine.

All models in the new Vectra line-up will be fitted with: improved active head restraints on the front seats; full-size curtain airbags; three-point belts for all seats; Vauxhall's patented pedal release system; electronically-controlled ABS with cornering brake control and brake assist. An enhanced electronic stability programme, ESP Plus, is an option.

Even entry models feature radio frequency remote control central locking, eight-way adjustable driver's and front passenger's seats, electrically operated front windows, a steering column that is adjustable for reach and rake and electrically adjustable (and heated) door mirrors. Electronic climate control and electrically adjustable front seats will also be available.

Vectra drivers will be able to up-spec their car with additional features, including a front and rear parking distance sensor, cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring system, rain sensing wipers and the latest in-car audio, communication and satellite navigation systems.

Inside, a great deal of attention has been paid to the interior design. At ten centimetres longer and five centimetres higher on the outside and with a wheelbase six centimetres longer than the previous model the new Vectra is half a size bigger than its predecessor. But the interior space is a full size bigger.

A key-operated remote control central locking system is standard on all models, along with the very latest version of Vauxhall's electronic engine deadlock immobiliser which can be personalised to accommodate up to five keys.

All the engines belong to the advanced ECOTEC family and already comply with the Euro 4 emission limits. New Vectra customers looking for a diesel have the choice of two turbo diesel engines, 2.0 and 2.2 litre.

In addition to enhanced five-speed manual gearboxes, an all-new five-speed automatic gearbox has been developed which offers the possibility of sequential gear changes. The 1.8 litre new Vectra engine will also be available with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) as an option.

Torsional stiffness is up 74 per cent on the previous model. While Vauxhall's Interactive Driving System (IDS) makes its debut on new Vectra. The system works by connecting the control and safety functions of the individual chassis components. The mechanical basis of the system for the front borrows heavily from the Astra suspension and uses an improved MacPherson strut set-up, combined with a four-link independent suspension at the rear.

IDS incorporates a number of electronic functions, including map-controlled electro-hydraulic steering, the electronic braking functions ABS, electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), cornering brake control (CBC) and TC Plus (the company's new traction control system). Brake Assist is also part of the IDS set-up, as is the latest version of Vauxhall's electronic stability programme, known as ESP Plus.

Production of the hatchback model at the Cheshire location is a clear restatement of Vauxhall's commitment to the future of car manufacturing in Britain.

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