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General Motors Vectra

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General Motors Vectra
Vauxhall / Opel / Holden
aka Vauxhall Vectra
Holden Vectra (until Series 2)
Production 1995 - 2009
Class European D-Segment car
Body Style Saloon, Hatchback and Estate
Length 4611 mm (Hatchback)
Width 2036 mm
Height 1460 mm
Wheelbase 2700 mm (Hatchback)
Weight
Transmission 5 speed manual; 6 speed manual; 4 speed automatic; 5 speed automatic
Engine Various petrols and diesels
Power
Similar Alfa Romeo 155/156/159
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Peugeot 405/406/407
Renault 21/Laguna
Rover 600/75
Carina/Carina E/Avensis
Volkswagen Passat
Designer

The Vauxhall Vectra (virtually identical to the Opel Vectra sold in most European countries other than Great Britain) has been around for some years now. The first mid-size Vauxhall to be sold in Britain with the Vectra name was launched in 1995, and replaced the Cavalier. From launch the car was available as a saloon, hatchback or estate.

The 1995 model was essentially a re-skin of the previous Cavalier, sharing much of the under the skin engineering with its predecessor. The new model launched in 2002 was radically different. Bigger, and better in almost every way, Vauxhall finally had a competitive car in this segment. It received a face lift in Autumn 2005, which further sharpened the car up.

The Vectra is due for replacement next year (2008) by the all-new Insignia, which promises to be even better, and much more exciting too.

See Wikicars' comprehensive General_Motors_Vectra Review.

Recent Changes

Styles and Major Options

Pricing

This is only a selected range so far.

MODEL Trims

1.8i Exclusiv 5dr

1.8i Life 5dr

1.8i Design 5dr

1.8i SRi 5dr

2.8 V6 VXR 5dr

Retail Price

£14,795

£16,250

£17,900

£17,120

£24,395

Invoice

Fuel Consumption

They are as follows:

Engine - Manual(Auto)

1.8i

2.2i

2.0 Turbo

2.8 V6 Auto only

2.8 V6 VXR

1.9 CDTi (120)

1.9 CDTi (150)

3.0 CDTi

MPG

38.6mpg

37.6mpg

32.8mpg

(25.9mpg)

27.1mpg

49.5mpg

48.7mpg

40.9mpg

Reliability

It has to be said that this is not considered to be one of the Vectra's strong points. It has regularly faired poorly in the usual annual car reliability surveys, usually well down in the bottom half.

Safety

Photos


Colors

Main Competitors

Hybrid Models

Sadly not, though apparently its replacement, the Insignia, will have a hybrid option.

Unique Attributes

Resale Values

Trim

Trim1

Trim2

Trim3

Trim4

MPG

$

$

$

$

Criticisms

In 1998, a Top Gear customer satisfaction survey condemned the Vauxhall Vectra as the least satisfying car to own in Britain.

"There is a word to describe this car: it begins with an 's' and ends with 't', and it isn't soot.(Vauxhall Vectra VXR)" Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear

Current Generation: (2003–present)

Previous Generations

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Second generation (1995–2003)

First generation (1991–1995)

Worldwide

The Vectra is available as an Opel in most European countries, including the Republic of Ireland.

Holden had built Vectras in the Elizabeth Park Plant for the Australian market in 1999 but sales were below Holden's expectations and production ceased in 2003. Sedan and wagon versions have been built but hatchbacks were imported.

Design quirks and oddities

Awards

See also

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