Vauxhall has denied it is to axe its Omega executive car range following the unveiling of a new, longer, taller and wider Vectra due to go into production early next year.
The third generation Vectra will make its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March with European four-door saloon version sales beginning shortly after. Production of the five-door hatchback model begins at Ellesmere Port in April.
Omega is currently the best-selling volume executive car, having the sector virtually to itself since Ford dropped the Scorpio and developed a bigger Mondeo.
A Vauxhall spokesman said: “The new Vectra is not a replacement for the Omega.” He added that the design was a template for future models, with clear-cut contours to emphasise the larger dimensions of the new car. With a longer wheelbase (+ 60mm), wider track (+52mm front and + 48mm rear) and a higher roof (+36mm), the 2002 Vectra will offer significantly more interior space than its predecessor. Further details will be released closer to launch. (October 24, 2001)