Vauxhall: Frankfurt Motor Show 2013

  • New Country Tourer Insignia model
  • Higher-riding and more muscular
  • Monza concept shows off new tech

Cars on show: Insignia Country Tourer, Monza Concept, Insignia VXR

Beefed-up Insignia

Insignia Sports Tourer

The New Insignia range has made its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show before first UK deliveries start in October.

Available as a five-door Hatch, four-door Saloon and Sports Tourer, there are four new engines including: a 99g/km 12.0 CDTi; an all-new 1.6 SIDI Turbo; and a new 250PS 2.0 SIDI Turbo petrol.

The Insignia Country Tourer is a jacked-up version of the Insignia estate. It follows in the wake of cars such as the Volvo V40 Cross Country and Audi’s Allroad models.

Although it has a four-wheel drive system, Vauxhall claims this car doesn’t suffer too much in terms of running costs. The system it has employed means only the front wheels are driven for the majority of driving situations, which keeps fuel economy high and CO2 emissions – and hence tax – low.

On top of that you get a 20mm higher ride height, plastic body panels for that rugged look and a pair of powerful diesel engines.

The Country Tourer will go on sale at the end of 2013.

Read more about this new car by clicking here.

Insignia VXR

Insignia Sports Tourer VXR

With a top speed of 170mph and power output of 320bhp, the new Insignia VXR SuperSport has been unveiled at the show and, according to Vauxhall, is the fastest car available in the UK for under £30,000.

Monza Concept


Vauxhall has also unveiled what it calls the ‘Vauxhall car of tomorrow’.

The striking concept car features an advanced version of the range-extender hybrid system found in the Ampera and Chevrolet’s Volt.

Based (losely) on the original Opel Monza sold between 1977 and 1982, the concept features some extremely high tech kit such as a projector dash, a clever smartphone integration system and the inclusion of car-to-car communication to enhance safety through the alerting to accidents along your route.

You can read more about the Monza in our concept car guide here.

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