Insignia and new Fiesta unveiled at Motor Show

July 22, 2008 | By | In New Cars

Crucial cars for Vauxhall and Ford get their first airing today.

Two dramatic new cars destined to become Britain’s top sellers unveiled at the British International Motor Show today. was on hand to see General Motors veteran boss Bob Lutz pull the wraps from the new Vauxhall Insignia, the new family saloon and hatchback that will replace the ageing and unloved Vectra.

The new car, which goes on sale in December, will be packed with new technology, including adaptive headlamps that give nine different light patterns, according to conditions, and also a forward facing camera that can read road signs and will also warn the driver if he starts veering across the road through tiredness.

A choice of seven engines will be available, mated to six-speed manual or auto transmissions. There will be two- and four-wheel drive options. has seen the car in the metal and can report that it is far more distinct and handsome than the one it will replace.

The interior uses high quality materials that would not look out of place in an executive car. Significantly, they look better than what's currently available in the Ford Mondeo, which will be the car's key rival.

The boot is huge, rivalling the Ford's and the cabin is spacious, although its swooping roofline makes headroom look to be a touch tight for tall adults seated in the rear.

Prices will run from £15,935. In keeping with the fun image that Ford is keen to attach to the Fiesta, singing star Alesha Dixon performed at the car's launch this morning.

The new car is much more boldly styled than the current one, both inside and out.

Ford says the dash design, which is radically different, is styled to appeal to a generation most familiar with using mobile phones – the buttons are clustered in a phone-like pattern.

The cheapest Fiesta will be £8695 when it gs on sale later this year.

However, for £12,000, buyers can pick between a high spec Titanium model, a sporty Zetec S and a new 'green' Fiesta, the Econetic. This will achieve up to 76.3mpg overall from its diesel engine, which will emit just 98g/km of CO2. This makes it the cleanest car available from a mainstream manufacturer.

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