Opel Dumping Vectra Name

September 13, 2007

At last summer’s British Motor Show Vauxhall launched the new Corsa supermini. At next year’s event it looks like it will be the Vectra.


Jonathan Browning, GM Europe vice-president of sales, marketing and aftersales – as well as chairman of Vauxhall, the U.S. company’s UK division – wouldn’t give a definite yes to a London show debut next July. But he wasn’t far off.


He said: “We haven’t nailed down that decision yet, and it could go either side to Geneva or Paris, but for me London is the ideal time.”


Browning also confirmed the Vectra name is dead. “The replacement vehicle will not be called Vectra. We haven’t announced formally the new name – there’s been some speculation – but we will be announcing it formally later in the year,” he explained.


And what can we expect from the all-new car? Browning said: “Let me take you back to the step that the current generation Astra took from the prior one, and the step we took with Corsa, generation to generation. Think about the energy and enthusiasm that the three-door executions [of those cars] created. For me, in terms of the next-generation Vectra, the step we’re taking with that car is substantially greater than the steps we took with either the Astra or Corsa.”


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