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Geneva Motor Show 2013: Vauxhall Cascada prices announced

This year is set to be a big one for Vauxhall and that's evident at this year's Geneva Motor Show. Taking pride of place on the Vauxhall/Opel stand is the new Cascada convertible, which Vauxhall has announced will start from £23,995 when it goes on sale in April.

That may sound like rather a lot for Vauxhall, but the firm is keen to point out that it makes Cascada - which is a four-seat fabric-roof convertible - more than £8000 cheaper than an equivilent Audi A5 Convertible.

Petrol power for Cascada comes from a 1.4-litre turbcharged petrol engine with 140PS and an all-new 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, producing 170PS and 280Nm of torque, while the diesel option is a 2.0 CDTi (165PS) diesel engine, which can also be found in Insignia and Zafira Sports Tourer models. Vauxhall has said that more powerful diesel and petrol engines will be introduced at a later date.

Cascada's fabric roof lowers in 17 seconds and can be lowered or raised at speeds of up to 30mph, by pressing a button in the cabin or via the key fob. Cascada’s fabric roof can be specified in one of three colours, which can be coordinated with one of ten body colours.

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Inside, the cabin is said to mix well equipped functionality with 'handcrafted modules not found in any other Vauxhall'. The instrument panel is wrapped in a soft-touch material, while the new deeply-contoured seats are available in a range of embossed fabrics and leathers.

As with most convertibles, Cascada won't have a massive load area - there's a minimum load volume of 280 litres with the roof down, and up to 350 litres roof up, but it's enough room to cope with a large shopping spree. In addition, it will have a "FlexFold system", which electrically releases and folds down the 50:50 split rear seats, which frees up more room.

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