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Vauxhall Vectra news - Death of the Vectra - 2007

The Vectra is dead. Vauxhall announced today that
its Mondeo-rivalling rep favourite will be replaced in the middle of next year
by an all-new model called the Insignia.

Set to be unveiled at the London motor show in July 2008,
the Insignia aims to shrug off the Vectra’s staid image and move Vauxhall

But we don’t know what it’ll look like yet. The only clue
Vauxhall would give us is the tiny teaser shot, which
helpfully reveals that the Insignia will get at least one tail-light. 

However, we’d expect the Insignia to take a few styling cues
from the GTC coupe
concept we saw back in Geneva earlier this year - so expect a leap in interior quality and a focus on
stronger, curved surfaces. 

In another move inspired by the GTC, the Insignia looks
likely to get a VXR version with four-wheel drive and a 2.8-litre V6. We won’t
see the hot version until some time in 2010, but Vauxhall has been dropping
strong hints that it’ll develop 300bhp and get a limited-slip diff along with
electronically controlled four-wheel drive.

A juicy prospect, but spare a thought for the ousted Vectra,
a car that has sold over a million models in its 12-year lifespan. Will you
miss it? Not even a little bit?

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