Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport (2017) prototype review

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    Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport (2017) prototype review

    The new 2017 Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport is an important car for GM Europe. The large family car, or D segment, might’ve shrunk but it’s now stabilised, the company claims. The Mondeo men who’ve deserted to SUVs have largely done so - and there’s space for a large, comfortable, desirable flagship. That’s the idea, at least.

    So can Vauxhall possibly pull it off? Build a larger, Skoda Superb-challenging space-mobile, dripping in style? Make a large five-door attractive enough, and sharp enough to drive, to draw you towards the Griffin and not a smart German badge?

    Our early prototype review aims to find out. No word yet on prices, but they'll be slap bang in Mondeo/Passat territory, we're told.

    full article at link:

    http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-rev...totype-review/

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    Re: Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport (2017) prototype review

    Quote Originally Posted by jaybo View Post
    The new 2017 Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport is an important car for GM Europe. The large family car, or D segment, might’ve shrunk but it’s now stabilised, the company claims. The Mondeo men who’ve deserted to SUVs have largely done so - and there’s space for a large, comfortable, desirable flagship. That’s the idea, at least.

    So can Vauxhall possibly pull it off? Build a larger, Skoda Superb-challenging space-mobile, dripping in style? Make a large five-door attractive enough, and sharp enough to drive, to draw you towards the Griffin and not a smart German badge?

    Our early prototype review aims to find out. No word yet on prices, but they'll be slap bang in Mondeo/Passat territory, we're told.

    full article at link:

    http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-rev...totype-review/
    At last, a successor for the Vectra-C Estate

    2017 Insignia Grand Sport - 2005 Vectra-C Estate

    Length: 4897mm - 4839
    Width: 1863mm - 1798
    Height: 1455mm - 1460
    Wheelbase: 2829mm - 2830

    So, what's going to replace the Insignia itself?

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    Re: Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport (2017) prototype review

    Why do British press keep referring to this Vauxhall as a British product?

    Its a rebadged Opel, just like the Buick Regal and (soon) Holden Commodore.

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    Re: Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport (2017) prototype review

    I wonder if there will be differences between the Vauxhall and Holden badged products?

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    Re: Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport (2017) prototype review

    It is a British product because it is sold only in Britain not that it is produced in Britain. A "British produced" product could be for export only for instance.

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    Re: Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport (2017) prototype review

    Quote Originally Posted by V-Car View Post
    Why do British press keep referring to this Vauxhall as a British product?

    Its a rebadged Opel, just like the Buick Regal and (soon) Holden Commodore.
    Part of GM's PR to add USP to the Vauxhall brand - most buyers and potential buyers in the UK are either aware that Vauxhalls are simply rebadged Opels (with the steering in the right place!) or neither know nor care about brand/model origins.

    Back in the '70/80s both Opel and Vauxhall versions were sold in the UK - the Opel versions seen as more luxurious/sporty simply because they only imported the top trim/engine models - then GM Europe withdrew the Opel brand from the UK and extended the range of Vauxhall models but IMO they could/should have replaced Vauxhall by Opel then - to do so now will just incur costs with no benefit.

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    Re: Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport (2017) prototype review

    Quote Originally Posted by chinamonty View Post
    I wonder if there will be differences between the Vauxhall and Holden badged products?
    I hope so! The HVAC and suspension used for the UK will be unsuitable for Australia. The UK's taxation system penalises CO2 so the powertrain combinations may well be different.

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    Re: Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport (2017) prototype review

    Quote Originally Posted by chinamonty View Post
    It is a British product because it is sold only in Britain not that it is produced in Britain. A "British produced" product could be for export only for instance.
    There has to be some element of the manufacturing process carried out in the UK to be called a "British product".

    Vauxhall is a British brand but it doesn't generally sell British products - apart from those Astra and Vivaro models actually built in the UK.

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