Vauxhall replaces engine line-up
01 June 2012
Author: Jack Carfrae
Vauxhall will replace its engine line-up with a new range, which it promises will be industry leading for efficiency, refinement and torque.
The new range of petrol and diesel engines will start production at the end of this year.
First to reach UK cars will be a 1.6-litre turbo petrol unit that will have CO2 emissions 13% lower than the current 1.6 turbo. This would give the Astra 1.6T emissions of 138g/km, but an increase in power from 180hp to 200hp.
While Vauxhall hasn't stated how large the cuts would be for the diesel engine, a 13% cut in emissions for the Insignia 2.0 CDTI would take the CO2 figure to around 117g/km.
Duncan Aldred, chairman and managing director of Vauxhall Motors, said: "Replacing core engine ranges with high-output, high-efficiency units will enhance our cars' appeal still further and reinforce our commitment to producing first-class products."
Meanwhile, Zipcar, one of the world's largest car-sharing clubs, has added a Vauxhall Ampera to its fleet. The addition comes a week after Hertz also added an Ampera to its On Demand car club. The car will be on the Zipcar fleet for a six-month evaluation.
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