Hot Hatchback Showdown – CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS

Posted in DRIVE, European Rides, Ford, General, Renault, Rides, Vauxhall, Videos by MrAngry | December 1st, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

Ford Focus ST

We all know that Chris Harris has no problem sliding rear-wheel drive cars through corners. But what about those with front-wheel drive, what then? Well, in this weeks episode of Chris Harris on Cars on the DRIVE Network, Mr. Harris has seen fit to try his luck with the worlds newest hot-hatches. The Ford Focus ST, the Renaultsport Megane RS and Vauxhall Astra VXR all make appearances. At days end though, which one will be the victor in the hot-hatch war. The little Ford from America, or its two European rivals. Click through to find out.


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Vauxhall Introduces Lifetime New Car Warranty: Will GM Follow Suit?

Posted in Car Buying, Cars, Foreign Cars, General, Vauxhall by Kurt Ernst | August 6th, 2010 | 4 Responses |

Vauxhall, a GM brand in the UK, has introduced a “lifetime” warranty for the original owner of any Vauxhall vehicle registered after August 1, 2010. What’s the catch? Vauxhall defines the “lifetime” of the car as 100,000 miles. At first glance, that would make their warranty coverage comparable to coverage offered by Hyundai and Kia (10 years, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty) or even by GM divisions (5 years, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty) in the United States.

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Opel Flextreme GT/E Hybrid: Better-looking Volt

Posted in EcoLust, Electric Cars, Geneva Motor Show, GM, Opel, Vauxhall by Dustin Driver | February 22nd, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Opel/Vauxhall is bringing the Flextreme GT/E concept car to Geneva this year. It’s like the Volt, only faster and better looking. The car can cruise at 125 miles per hour while achieving 175 miles per gallon. Like the Volt, it’s powered by electric motors and batteries, with an internal-combustion engine that drives a generator for extended-range. The Flextreme uses slide-out panels that deflect air around its rear to achieve a staggering .22 drag coefficient. I like the way it looks, but at the pace the auto industry moves, we won’t see a design like this hit the market for, say, 50 years.

Source: Gizmag

Opel and Vauxhall to be Sold to Magna

Posted in auto industry, Foreign Cars, GM, Newsworthy, Opel, Vauxhall by Alex Kierstein | September 10th, 2009 | 1 Response |


It’s been a long, hard road for Opel/Vauxhall of late, up for sale but being bounced around between two competing bidders like WWE contestants bouncing off of those bungee-cord ring ropes. That being said, the saga is (almost) over, as GM wants to sell to Magna provided that the German government kicks in some money, the unions involved agree to cut their own salaries, and a pig somewhere flies, however briefly. We should note that Magna, a Canadian multinational, is partnered with some unpronounceable Russian banking oligarchy for this transaction, so we expect a friendly iron curtain to soon descend over GM’s German operations just as soon as they can get all the details sorted out. Don’t hold yer breath.


Top 10 Grey Market Cars Worth Bribing Customs For

Posted in Alfa Romeo, Audi, Car Buying, Cars, Citroen, Exotic Cars, Favorite Cars, Fiat, Ford, Foreign Cars, Holden, Pictures, Popular Cars, Racing, Rally, Renault, Sports Cars, Vauxhall by Suzanne Denbow | July 16th, 2009 | 42 Responses |

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Importing a grey market vehicle is a long, arduous, expensive task, which is generally why only those people employed by government-bankrolled investment firms or the Columbian cartel can afford to do it. Plebes like us are forced to make do with whatever the dealer has in stock or, more likely, whatever we can find on Craigslist for under 5 grand. If you have an “in” with the U.S. Department of Commerce and unlimited funds, however, there are 10 cars that are totally worth trying to smuggle through customs.

1. Ford Focus RS


This is not the same Focus that you see parked 10 abreast and 30 deep at the community college, this is the Ford Focus RS. Tagged a Lancer Evo-fighter without a trace of facetiousness, the Focus RS is a mean little machine thanks entirely to the low-pressure turbo genius of Volvo. Equipped with a 2.5L turbocharged inline 5, the Focus RS churns out a staggering 305-horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. Ordinarily, that much power coupled with a FWD layout is a recipe for one ugly, habitual understeer, but amazingly the Focus RS cuts corners on the track with razor-edge precision. The real deal-clincher? All of this can be had for around £25k (not including any relevant bribes, of course). Read More…

The State of Detroit’s Auto Brands:

Posted in auto industry, Buick, Chevrolet, Detroit, Ford, General, GM, GMC, Hummer, Mercury, Newsworthy, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Vauxhall, Volvo by Vito Rispo | June 28th, 2009 | 2 Responses |

A Follow Up to the 9 Detroit Auto Brands We’d Miss the Least


On December 3rd of 2008, we published an article entitled “9 Detroit Auto Brands We’d Miss the Least” encouraging the Detroit automakers to slim down and get rid of some of their brands. The argument was, that just like Aron Ralston cutting off his own arm to survive, the major US car manufacturers needed to take drastic action and cut off some major portions of their business in order to keep the business alive as a whole.

Almost 7 months later, we’re back with a follow-up to see which of our original 9 brands survived and which ones went the way of Oldsmobile and Geo. Check it:
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Fiat to Buy Opel, Saab, and Vauxhall?

Posted in Alfa Romeo, auto industry, Car Branding, Chrysler, Ferrari, Fiat, Foreign Cars, Maserati, Newsworthy, Opel, Saab, Vauxhall by Alex Kierstein | May 4th, 2009 | 2 Responses |

150px-fiat_group_logoFiat Group SpA, the corporate parent of the Fiat, Ferrari, and Maserati brands (among others), released a statement on Sunday detailing that the group is in talks with GM’s European operations about purchasing the whole shebang. In addition, the Fiat Group may spin-off Fiat Automotive, combine them with the GM Europe units, and also with the newly acquired stake in Chrysler to create a new corporate entity, which at least one source reports would have a potential revenue stream topping $100 billion. Read More…

Vauxhall Introduces Limited Ed. Accessories By Jonathan Kelsey

Posted in Car Accessories, Cars, Design, Foreign Cars, GM, Newsworthy, Pictures, Pop Culture, Vauxhall by Suzanne Denbow | March 24th, 2009 | Leave a Reply |


First let us begin by saying that yes, we’re pretty sure that is a dude modeling those gloves but, interestingly enough, that was not the first thing that struck us as being horribly wrong.

Apparently an evil product of the Vauxhall Collective’s support-the-arts program, the eyesores featured above were created exclusively for GM European subsidiary, Vauxhall Motors, by renowned fashion designer Jonathan Kelsey. To bring you up to speed, Jonathan Kelsey is apparently to Britain what Manolo Blahnik is to America, and as a part of Vauxhall’s new campaign to seriously gay up the brand, he was contracted to design an exclusive set of limited edition driving accessories. Dubbed “The Great British Road Trip,” Kelsey’s collection is intended to be a high-fashion, luxurious salute to the exhilarating feel of the open road. “When I first got the brief from Vauxhall, I started to think about the idea of a road trip,” explained Kelsey, “so I decided to focus on the pleasure of the road trip, being out on the open road and the idea of driving being a stylish adventure. I wanted to create something that had a very luxurious feel to it and also celebrated the glamour of road trips in days gone by.”

Mercifully, only 25 pieces of each accessory will be produced, which means it should be relatively easy to locate them all and subsequently kill them with fire. Read More…