Vauxhall reveals Geneva show stars


Vauxhall Astra VXR, front view

We're unveiling a brace of stunning new models and a groundbreaking concept car at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, which opens to press on 6 March 2012.


The hotly awaited 280PS Astra VXR is set to wow Geneva show crowds ahead of its summer launch in the UK. Astra VXR promises to raise the bar in the hot-hatch class, taking its lead from iconic predecessors like the Astra GTE Mk 1, 2 and 3 and outgoing VXR model.


In contrast, the Mokka breaks new ground for Vauxhall. It’s a small SUV with sharp design, a choice of front- or four-wheel drive and a great interior versatility.

Vauxhall concept bike, the electric RAD e

Vauxhall e-bike concept breaks cover

We’ll also be showing off a radical and innovative concept vehicle at the Geneva show.


The ‘RAD e’ is a futuristic electric bike (e-bike) designed for one person. It carries much of Vauxhall’s typical design language such as the boomerang shaped features associated with the Ampera and the RAK e concept car. Its pedelec technology supports the rider when pedalling with a 250 watt motor and can achieve a range of between 37 and 90 miles.


E-bikes are widely expected to play a key role in future integrated urban transport, linking e-bikes, cars and buses.

Most powerful Astra ever makes show debut

Based on the GTC’s platform and powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection engine, the Astra VXR produces 280PS of power and a mighty 400Nm of torque, enough for it to achieve a top speed of 155mph.


To create this focused, high-performance coupé, we transformed the GTC platform with a series of bespoke chassis modifications. A specially developed mechanical limited slip differential, which works on the front wheels, sets it apart from all other current Astras. Working in conjunction with the GTC’s sophisticated HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut), this provides the Astra VXR with exceptional lateral grip and traction through bends.


Other changes to the chassis include brakes developed by competition supplier, Brembo, and standard Vauxhall’s fully adaptive FlexRide system (fitted as standard). The Astra VXR FlexRide features a Sport button and a VXR button, giving you two, more focused stages of damper, throttle and steering control.

Mokka breaks new ground for Vauxhall

Our new small SUV, at just 4.28 metres long, can accommodate five adults in comfort and will be available with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. All-wheel drive automatically and seamlessly transfers power to the wheels that need it most when grip levels are tested to the extreme.


Power for the Vauxhall Mokka is provided by three efficient engines, all equipped with fuel saving Start/Stop technology. There are two petrol engines, a 115PS, 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated engine or a 140PS 1.4-litre Turbo with 200Nm of torque. The diesel is a 130PS 1.7 CDTI turbo with 300Nm of torque. Both the 1.4 Turbo and the 1.7 CDTI can be combined either with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.


The Vauxhall Mokka brings cutting-edge technologies to the SUV B-segment. The Advanced Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL+), which increases driving safety, is based on the third-generation bi-xenon lighting system that includes High Beam Assist (HBA). A new Vauxhall front-camera system is also available, giving you access to a number of functions including Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Alert (FCA) and second-generation Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR).


The Mokka incorporates Vauxhall’s signature ‘blade’ on the body side, and its rugged character is reinforced by its higher ground clearance as well as a 1540mm track. 18-inch alloy wheels are standard on most models.


The Vauxhall Mokka will be available at Vauxhall dealerships towards the end of 2012.

Show debut for Vauxhall’s most powerful diesel ever

Geneva will also offer a first glance at our most potent diesel car ever, producing 195PS, 400Nm of torque and emissions as low as 129g/km.


Known as the Insignia BiTurbo, and on sale now, it’s available with a choice of five-door Hatch and Sports Tourer bodies in SRi, SRi Vx-line and Elite trims, priced from £27,120 on the road.


The twin-sequential turbocharged diesel is based on the existing 1956cc unit which powers key models in the Insignia, Astra and new Zafira Tourer range. However, in BiTurbo form the engine produces up to 35PS more power and a significant 50Nm of extra torque, reducing the 0-60mph time by nearly one second to 8.2 seconds (Insignia FWD Hatch).


But thanks to a package of eco features – including standard Start/Stop across the range – the FWD Hatch achieves a combined 57.6mpg, 2.2mpg better than the single-turbo 2.0 CDTi 160PS model.


Vauxhall’s clever FlexRide adaptive damping is standard on all Insignia BiTurbos (normally a £790 option on front-wheel drive Insignias). The system reacts within milliseconds to driver inputs and can ‘learn’ how the car is being driven and adapt damper settings accordingly. You can also select Tour and Sport buttons, and configure the throttle, steering and damper settings in Sport mode separately.


On four-wheel drive models, FlexRide integrates with the car’s Torque Transfer Device (TTD) and the rear axle’s electronically controlled limited slip differential. These features allow torque to be automatically transferred between front and rear wheels, and between left and right wheels on the rear axle, offering exceptional levels of traction, grip and control.


In common with other models in the Insignia range, the BiTurbo has the option of Vauxhall’s new front camera system, with TSR, LDW and Adaptive Cruise Control (which allows you to stay at a set distance from the car in front).