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New Vectra will set 'new standards'

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The new Vectra which goes on sale in the UK in June next year will be available, initially, as a four-door saloon or five-door hatchback, powered by a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines with power outputs from 122 to 211PS. Topping the range will be a new 3.2 V6 211PS engine. The range will also include a powerful and sporty new GSi model.

The hatchback version will be built as part of a £200 million investment in Vauxhall's facility at Ellesmere Port.

Kevin Wale, Vauxhall managing director, said: "The new Vectra is the forerunner of a whole new generation of mid-size cars and will help Vauxhall stake its claim for the top position in this segment in the UK. Successive additions to the model range will ultimately make it one of the most comprehensive in the mid-size segment and set new standards, particularly in terms of specification and customer choice.”

All models in the new Vectra line-up will be fitted with improved active head restraints on the front seats, full-size curtain airbags, three-point belts for all seats , Vauxhall's patented pedal release system and electronically-controlled ABS with cornering brake control and brake assist as standard.

An enhanced electronic stability programme, ESP Plus, is an option.

Entry models feature radio frequency remote control central locking, eight-way adjustable driver's and front passenger's seats, electrically operated front windows, a steering column that is adjustable for reach and rake and electrically adjustable (and heated) door mirrors. Electronic climate control and electrically adjustable front seats will also be available.

New Vectra drivers will also be able to up-spec their car with a front and rear parking distance sensor (park pilot), cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring system, rain sensing wipers and the latest in-car audio, communication and satellite navigation systems.

The engine range goes from the 122PS 1.8 litre and 147PS 2.2-litre to 211PS 3.2-litre (the biggest engine ever fitted into a Vectra in the UK) and there is a choice of two turbo diesels, the 2.0 and 2.2-litre units. The service intervals will be 20,000 miles/two years on petrol engines and 30,000 miles/two years on the diesels.

The 1.8 litre new Vectra engine will be available with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) as an option.

Further details about the all-new Vectra will be available closer to launch date.

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