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BEST LARGE FAMILY CAR 2019 - CARBUYER
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BEST BUY EUROPE 2020 - CONNECTED CAR

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Founded
January 01, 1857
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Vauxhall
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Revenue
£65 BILLION (est)
Ranking (cars sold)
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9104 (June)
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Electric

Vauxhall is a British car manufacturer founded in 1857 by Alexander Wilson and is owned by Groupe PSA & Fiat Chysler Automobile group since 2017. Vauxhall's lineup is identical to the lineup of Opel (The German Automotive subsidary of Groupe PSA & FCA).

Vauxhall is a British car manufacturer founded in 1857 by Alexander Wilson and is owned by Groupe PSA & Fiat Chysler Automobile group since 2017. Vauxhall's lineup is identical to the lineup of Opel (The German Automotive subsidary of Groupe PSA & FCA).

It was founded in 1857 as a pump and marine engine company until  Andrew Betts Brown (a Scottish inventor and engineer) bought the company in 1863. It would produce cranes initially, under the new name Vauxhall Iron Works until 1903, when the company began production of cars.

It wasn't until Laurence Pomeroy  joined the company in 1906 and went on to design the Y-Type Y1 for the RAC and Scottish Reliability trials. The car was a huge success and began it's production as the  Vauxhall A-Type.

Vauxhall would go on to produce a D Type and E Type before being acquired by General Motors (GM) in 1925. The brands luxury image was soon replaced with a more affordable range for  a wider audience. By 1930 the Vauxhall Cadet hit the UK market followed by the Vauxhall Ten, Twelve and Fourteen.

By 1962 a plant was opened in Ellesmere Port along with the Vauxhall Victor. Sales began to take off with record 5 figure sales. It went on to produce the Cavalier in the mid 1970's and the Astra by the early 1980's.

Over the years Vauxhall has had it's fair share of criticism for rust prone cars and particular criticism for breakdowns & build-quality problems that were reported in many car magazines. Neverthe less, they still went on to produce record sales and were closing the Gap on Ford.

By the early 2000's the range would get an overhaul along with the introduction of the VX220 and the Mokka. This solidified the reputation and the company has gone on to become an integral part of UK sales.

In 2017 Groupe PSA took ownership and the brand name changed back to Vauxhall Motors.

Did you know:

  1. The Ellesmere Port plant builds approximately 680 Vauxhall Astras per day.
  2. A rare 1923 Vauxhall found in a shed was restored and sold at auction for £55, 200
  3. Vauxhall and its German sister brand Opel sell over one million vehicles annually.
  4. Vauxhall’s most famous engine, the 2ltr 16V 20XE Red Top was produced from 1988 to 1994 and was fitted to the following cars: Astra GTE 16V, Calibra 16V, Cavalier GSi, Astra GSi 16V and Cavalier SRi 16V.
  5. Probably the most iconic Vauxhall of all is the Lotus Carlton. It caused huge controversy when launched in 1990 due to a top speed in excess of 175mph. The Association of Chief Police Officers called it ‘An outrageous invitation to speed.’

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