Vauxhall Insignia

The Vauxhall Insignia is a large family car with lots of different versions and trim levels including Exclusiv, ES, SRi, SE and Elite with special edition versions as well.

The Vauxhall Insignia also has eight engines to choose from, with a wide variety of petrol and diesel options including Ecoflex units. The Insigina also offers some all-wheel-drive versions.

The car has adaptive damping, nine-pattern automatic headlamp beam adjustment and speed limit recognition and display.

The Vauxhall Insignia’s body has sweeping front and rear light designs fronted by a radiator grille which displays the Griffin logo in a circular surround carrying Vauxhall’s name.

The Vauxhall Insignia’s aerodynamics see a Cd of 0.27. All versions of the Insignia’s body have an identical wheelbase of 2737mm. The Sport Tourer adds about 80mm to the 4830mm length of the saloon and hatch models.

Insignia’s saloon and hatch models have a broad range of two diesel and three petrol engines. The Sports Tourer brought with it two further engines – a 1.6-litre, 180PS petrol and a 2.0-litre CDTi BiTurbo with a maximum output of 190PS. All power units come with either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto transmission.

Selected models on the Vauxhall Insignia have the FlexRide system which allows drivers to set the suspension set up at the press of a button. If the system is left to its own devices it will automatically adapt to different driving styles.

Also available is a four-wheel drive system which is standard with both turbocharged petrol engines.

The system uses electronically controlled hydraulic disc clutch plates to distribute torque from 0-100 per cent between the front and rear axles. An electronic limited slip differential on SRi models balances rear wheel torque left to right.

The Insignia has Vauxhall’s front camera system which uses a small camera positioned inside the car’s windscreen to read and memorise both speed warning and no-overtaking signs. This is a new system which is not found in older used Vauxhall models.

These are relayed back to the driver from the instrument panel. The system also has a lane departure warning alert.

The Vauxhall Insignia has adaptive forward lighting which uses nine lighting functions that automatically adapt to information relating to road profile, driving status and general visibility. Models fitted this are also equipped with LED daytime running lamps.

The Insignia is built at General Motors Europe plant in Russelsheim and was developed by General Motors Europe. Also involved in the development of the model was Vauxhall’s Engineering Centre at Millbrook in Bedfordshire.

A Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer was launched in 2009 with the same design cues and technology as its saloon and hatch siblings.

All the bodywork aft of the B-pillar is unique to the Sports Tourer.

Designers gave the rear of the Sports Tourer a wraparound tailgate far into the flanks and large, fully integrated tail lights.

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