Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vauxhall Means Business with Its Revamped Insignia

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vauxhall Means Business with Its Revamped Insignia

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Byline: Steve Hughes

THE eagerly-awaited estate version of the important new Vauxhall Insignia, known as the Sport Tourer, arrives today with prices of up to PS35,000-plus.

That is for the flagship version with four-wheel drive, although prices start at just over half that for the entry-level models.

Estate cars are an increasingly important part of the vehicle mix, especially in the executive and business sector of the market, where SUVs are not always considered appropriate for senior managers to choose as company cars.

Estate models are considered to be more business-like in comparison to large SUVs that are associated more with weekend lifestyle leisure pursuits or the daily school run.

Following on from the previous generation, which won the European Car of the Year in 2009, the Insignia Sports Tourer is based on completely new vehicle architecture.

Its revised proportions result in more luggage capacity that has increased to 1,640 litres, which is more than 100 litres greater than that of the outgoing model.

The length of the boot has grown by 97mm to 2005mm, and inside the car there are now 40/20/40 foldable seats are available.

The newcomer is up to 200kg lighter than the previous car, thanks to the use of lightweight materials and more efficient packaging. This is despite the use of all-wheel-drive with torque vectoring and a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

There is a raft of other impressive new technologies too, including IntelliLux LED matrix lighting, lane keep assist, head-up display and special AGR-certified premium seats.

There is also front and rear seat heating and a heated windscreen and steering wheel, plus IntelliLink systems and Vauxhall OnStar, which offer greater functionality.

To make loading as easy as possible, the tailgate can be opened and closed in combination with Keyless Entry by a kicking motion under the rear bumper. …

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