Geneva 2013: Vauxhall

  • Cascada convertible makes its world debut
  • ADAM ROCKS. It does, according to Vauxhall
  • All-new 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine for Zafira Tourer

New cars on show: Cascada, ADAM ROCK and ADAM R2 concepts, Zafira 1.6-diesel 

Right, so there’s four world premieres: the Cascada convertible, the ADAM ROCKS and R2 concepts and the 1.6-litre diesel engine in the Zafira Tourer.

It’s hard to know which is the most interesting. The ADAM ROCKS has a funny name so that’s absolutely a contender from the get-go, and then there’s the Cascada which sounds likes like a 90s dance act so we can’t dismiss that.

The ADAM R2 concept has some legs but it’s a motorsport concept and that doesn’t count and the new 1.6-litre diesel engine for the Zafira Tourer is boring, so that’s out straightaway.

So, vying for attention for high placement in this story then is the Cascada and the ADAM ROCKS.


Vauxhall says the Cascada has the Audi A5 Cabriolet firmly in its sights, and we say ‘good luck with that’. The car maker also says it offers affordability paired with outstanding levels of equipment, technology and luxury. So um, good luck with that too. Just so you know there’s a broad range of powerful and efficient engines including a 1.4-litre (138bhp) turbo petrol, a 2.0-litre (163bhp) diesel and an all-new 1.6 Turbo ECOTEC petrol engine.

Read more here.


Vauxhall says the ADAM ROCKS concept is an urban mini-crossover that could open a new segment in the industry. We not quite sure what this segment is but the primary aim of this concept is to  ‘wow us’ with its all-round wowness. The press blurb reads: “Compared with the production ADAM, ROCKS is taller, wider, tougher yet more compact in appearance, while offering a cabrio roof.”

Which is nice.

Zafira 1.6-litre diesel engine

The new generation 1.6 CDTi start/stop diesel engine in the Vauxhall’s Zafira Tourer MPV is a dull-but-worthy story but, for the record, headline stats read 68.9mpg combined and 109g/km CO2.


The ADAM R2, meanwhile, is built to FIA R2 regulations and is powered by a 1.6-litre producing 183bhp with maximum torque of about 190Nm. It marks Vauxhall’s sister company Opel’s official return to motorsport.

And that’s pretty much all you need to know about the Vauxhall stand.