https://www.autocar.co.uk - Skoda will reveal its new compact hatchback, an indirect replacement for the Rapid, by the end of the year. The model is intended to be a more direct competitor than the Rapid to the big players in the volume hatchback segment such as the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.
https://www.autocar.co.uk - Nissan has removed the Pulsar family hatchback from sale in the UK as production of the car at its Barcelona plant ends. The Vauxhall Astra and Ford Focus rival is now no longer available to order or configure on Nissan's website, although dealer stock might still remain available in certain showrooms.
https://www.autocar.co.uk - Vauxhall has ended production of its Zafira Tourer and Astra GTC models following low sales, driven by growing demand for SUV alternatives. A brand spokesman told Autocar that the seven-seat Zafira Tourer, which has been on sale since 2011, was hit by “a significant move away from MPVs and the growing popularity of SUVs”.
https://www.autocar.co.uk - In this age of smart diffs, let’s hear it for the Mk5 Astra VXR, a 237bhp hooligan with muscle-building torque steer. In 2008, former Le Mans 24 Hours winner Manuel Reuter piloted a production example around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 8min 35sec, at the time a record for a hot hatch.
https://www.autocar.co.uk - The new Vauxhall Corsa “will not be compromised in any way” despite being developed in less than two years by PSA Group after a signed-off design based on previous owner General Motors’ (GM) architecture was axed. A revised Corsa was set to be launched this year, sitting on a modified version of GM’s Astra platform (it was spotted testing early last year; see picture above).
http://www.autoexpress.co.uk - Vauxhall adds value at the top of its Astra and Grandland X ranges with the new Ultimate trim level.
http://europe.autonews.com - PSA will decide in 2020 whether to keep its Vauxhall car plant in Ellesmere Port, England, open with new investment as it improves efficiency and awaits the outcome of Brexit talks.
https://www.autocar.co.uk - The next Vauxhall Vivaro van will be built at the car maker’s Luton plant, essentially confirming the future of the factory for another generation. Since the PSA Group, which also owns Citroen, DS and Peugeot, bought Vauxhall and Opel from General Motors last year, there has been a huge question mark over the future of Vauxhall’s Luton and Ellesmere Port plants in the UK, which build the Vivaro and Astra respectively.
http://europe.autonews.com - About 250 more jobs will be lost at PSA's Ellesmere Port plant in England on top of around 400 cuts announced last year, reducing the plant's output to one shift. The factory builds Astra cars for Opel and Vauxhall.
https://www.autocar.co.uk - Vauxhall’s decision earlier this year to cut 400 jobs at its Ellesmere Port plant was “nothing to do with output or performance”, according to Vauxhall boss Rory Harvey. He attributed the move to “segment shifts" across Europe, highlighting the growing trend for SUVs in place of models such as the Astra, which is built at Ellesmere Port.