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Vauxhall Insignia, Vectra news - Au revoir, Vectra - 2008

Bye bye, Vectra. Vauxhall has taken its
ageing Mondeo-rival round the back of the farmhouse, loaded up the shotgun and
given it both barrels. In the face.

Replacing it is this, the Insignia: a
sleeker, far cooler take on the tired five-door formula. Set to be formally
unveiled at the British Motor Show this July, the Insignia ends 20 years of
Vectra naming and is the first Vauxhall to get the not-very-different
new badge.

The Insignia carries over a few of the
styling cues from the GTC
concept we
saw at the Geneva show last year, though that side blade has, predictably, been
toned down.

Vauxhall describes the Insignia as
‘muscular but lithe and curvaceous’, which might be pushing the point a bit.
But there’s no doubting it’s a good-looking thing.

No surprises in the engine department: the
Insignia will launch with a pair of two-litre diesel engines with 128bhp and
158bhp, along with three petrol engines ranging from a 138bhp four-cylinder to
a more meaty-sounding 256bhp V6. No VXR option yet, though - expect that to
follow next year.

Until then, you’ll have to make do with
the choice of two- and four-wheel drive, fed by either a six-speed auto or
six-speed manual ‘box. Sorry, this is all a bit predictable, isn’t it?

Then again,
the old Vectra has always done predictable rather well. The Insignia might,
just might, add a bit of excitement to the corporate sensibility. Here’s

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