Further doubt has been cast over the future of Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port factory after the company’s owners announced that several new models will be built at French manufacturing plants.
Following the arrival of the Insignia GSi, a faster version of the Astra is also on its way, keen to take its place right on the edge of hot hatch territory. (more…)
As the home of the Vauxhall Astra, Ellesmere Port has been making the Brit-built car for almost 40 years. And today, proud employees marked the landmark moment the 4 millionth car rolled off the production line with a choreographed display of 236 Astra Sport Tourers to spell out the feat. (more…)
With the British Grand Prix approaching this weekend, the Vauxhall Astra is F1 grid coach Rob Wilson’s somewhat unlikely choice as the ideal car for sustained track use.Based at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in South Leicestershire, Rob is instrumental in carving split seconds from the lap times of at least 12 drivers on the current grid, using a standard Astra road car. (more…)
The very same celebrity-driven Vauxhall Astra that was used on BBC Top Gear’s “Reasonably Priced Car” segment, has been auctioned off for £6,000.
Among the big-name stars that drove the car while former presenter Jeremy Clarkson narrated the lap, we can count Hugh Jackman, Will Smith, Margot Robbie or Tom Hiddleston, plus many others.
“We are extremely grateful to Vauxhall Motors for their continued support and generous donation to BEN,” said Jools Tait, the organization’s development director. “Every pound donated ensures we can continue to provide our support services for people working in the automotive industry and their families.”
Adam Collins, brand manager for Vauxhall Motors added that the automaker is “proud to support BEN and we’re pleased the sale of the BBC Top Gear car has offered a decent injection of funds into the work BEN do for the automotive industry.”
The three fastest celebrity drivers to ever take the reasonably priced Astra around the TG test track were Olly Murs (1:44.6), Nicholas Hoult (1:44.7) and Need For Speed & Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul (1:44.7).
The very last ‘reasonably priced car’ of Clarkson, Hammond and May’s era as Top Gear Hosts is up for sale. (more…)
After an extremely successful first year on the market, 2017 has started strongly for the Vauxhall Astra, which has again been recognised in the Family Car category at the WhatCar? Car of the Year Awards. The latest win in the hotly-contested category helps to solidify the new Astra as one of the top models on the market. (more…)
Vauxhall’s all-new Astra has been recognised as the Best Family Car at the Carbuyer Best Cars 2017 Awards. This latest win adds to what has been an outstanding year of awards for the all-new Astra, securing its position as one of the top new models on the market. (more…)
Vauxhall’s all-new Astra has been recognised for its outstanding range of advanced technology features, picking up a handful of accolades at the Car Tech Awards. This latest victory confirms the all-new Astra’s position as one of the top new models on the market. (more…)
The Astra name has only been around since 1979 but its lineage goes back to 1936 with the original Kadett. So it’s 80 this year, apparently. (more…)
Vauxhall’s all-new Astra has claimed another accolade, with the Sports Tourer model being named as Best Estate Car at the 2016 Telegraph Cars Awards. (more…)