New motors for Vauxhall

Time 5:52 am, May 15, 2012

VAUXHALL is replacing the core of its petrol and diesel line-up in the next 12 months with three all-new engine families.

Leading the charge will be a new 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine with direct injection and Start/Stop technology that will cut CO2 emissions by 13 per cent, compared with its predecessor.

The four-cylinder SIDI (spark ignition direct injection) ECOTEC engine will be available in various outputs and across several car lines, with a maximum torque of 300Nm from 1700rpm, and 198bhp at 4700rpm.

‘The quality, reliability and driveability of our cars is improving at an unprecedented rate,’ said Duncan Aldred, chairman and managing director of Vauxhall Motors. ‘Replacing core engine ranges with high-output, high efficiency units will enhance our cars’ appeal still further and reinforce our commitment to producing first-class products.’

This summer, the new Astra VXR will adopt a tuned version of the same engine, with a bespoke cylinder head and turbocharger, that produces 278bhp, yet produces CO2 missions of just 189g/km.

Production at the Szentgotthardt plant in Hungary will begin in late 2012.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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