Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's Diesel Delight

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's Diesel Delight

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Byline: By Malcolm Robertshaw

For centuries scholars of all persuasions have been burning the proverbial midnight oil in a bid to feed their minds on the apocryphal tree of knowledge.

In the motoring world these are the days of the diesel and the thinking men and women of the car companies are now reaping the rewards of the initial groundwork done in the 19th century by the accepted founding fathers of the oil-burning engine, Rudolf Diesel and Herbert Akroyd Stuart.

For diesel-powered vehicles are currently big business, with more than a third of all new cars sold during this year expected to be of the oil-burning persuasion. Vauxhall has recently raised the stakes with an impressive pair of oil burners for its new Astra, Vectra and Signum models.

The new 1.9-litre engine offers advantages in economy, performance and reduces the tax liability for company car users.

It replaces the existing 2.2-litre diesel engine in the Vectra and Signum ranges and will be added to the Astra line-up.

Buyers can choose between two power outputs of 120bhp and 150bhp, with a pounds 500 premium for the latter.

The new engines also have lower CO2 emissions and comply with the new EuroIV emission standards, which means that company car drivers no longer incur the extra three per cent diesel tax loading, saving a typical 40 per cent tax-payer more than pounds 600 a year.

Recently, I took to the road in a Vauxhall Vectra SRi, urged on by the more powerful diesel engine of the two, the 1. …

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