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29 discontinued models

history
Despite the fact that it's not one of the most famous brands on the automotive market out there today, British car makers Vauxhall actually enjoy a long history that goes back to 1857, when it was founded by Alex Wilson as a company that built pumps and marine engines.

It wouldn't be until 1903 that Vauxhall would build its first car, equipped with a 5 HP engine with 2 forward gears but no reverse. Gradually, Vauxhall Motors as it became known in 1907 began producing more and more cars that were thought of as sporty back then.

Soon after the end of the first World War, the company was bought by GM in 1925 and from then on Vauxhall took on a more “American” feel to the way in which they made cars. When WWII hit, production in the factories of Vauxhall turned to making Churchill tanks (some 5600 units).

After the war, the entire car-making process saw a mass-market orientation in order to help the company grow. But in their haste to make more cars, Vauxhall actually cut a few corners when it came to quality and thus acquired a bad reputation that their cars were rust-ridden, which was actually unfair since many producers suffered of the same problem at the time. Regardless, this reputation was going to haunt them until the 80s, despite all efforts to make their cars rust-proof.

The biggest step in the company's history was going to be their partnership with Opel that started in the 70s. From then on, most of the cars Vauxhall produced were going to be restyled Opel models, like the Kadett, Ascona and Rekord which translated into the Chevette, Cavalier and Carlton respectively in the UK factory.

The difference between the German cars and the British ones was a sloping front end, but as time passed, not even that made the difference. Soon, Vauxhalls would be practically Opel cars with the griffin emblem on them. At first, Opels and Vauxhalls were sold through the UK together, but then Opel dealerships closed down in England. As a result, even the names of the two brands were standardized.

However, Vauxhall did retain a note of originality because from 1994, all the front grilles on Vauxhalls had a distinctive V under the badge. Also, there is a car that is unique to Vauxhall, the Monaro coupe also known as the Australian Holden, the American Pontiac GTO and the Asian Chevrolet Lumina.

Although faced with a wave of consumer dissatisfaction back in the UK, Vauxhall managed to reduce the gap between them and Ford with the launch of the 2004 Astra and become one of  the most important car manufacturers in Britain.
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production models:
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VAUXHALL Astra Hatchback specs and photos

VAUXHALL Astra Hatchback

hatchbacks

Diesel · Gasoline

5 generations

2019 - present
VAUXHALL Corsa 5 Doors specs and photos

VAUXHALL Corsa 5 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

4 generations

2019 - present
VAUXHALL Astra Estate specs and photos

VAUXHALL Astra Estate

wagons

Diesel · Gasoline

5 generations

2019 - present
VAUXHALL Corsa 3 Doors specs and photos

VAUXHALL Corsa 3 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

3 generations

2014 - present
VAUXHALL VXR8 specs and photos

VAUXHALL VXR8

sedans

Gasoline

3 generations

2017 - present
VAUXHALL Insignia VXR Sedan specs and photos

VAUXHALL Insignia VXR Sedan

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

2012 - present
VAUXHALL Grandland specs and photos

VAUXHALL Grandland

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel · Hybrid gasoline

1 generation

2022 - present
 
discontinued models:
sort:yearname
VAUXHALL Agila specs and photos

VAUXHALL Agila

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2008 - 2015
VAUXHALL Antara specs and photos

VAUXHALL Antara

suvs

Diesel · Gasoline

2 generations

2010 - 2015
VAUXHALL Astra Sport Hatch specs and photos

VAUXHALL Astra Sport Hatch

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2004 - 2010
VAUXHALL Astra Twin Top specs and photos

VAUXHALL Astra Twin Top

convertibles

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2006 - 2011
VAUXHALL Astra VXR specs and photos

VAUXHALL Astra VXR

hatchbacks

Gasoline

2 generations

2012 - 2015
VAUXHALL Corsa VXR specs and photos

VAUXHALL Corsa VXR

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

2011 - 2013
VAUXHALL Crossland X specs and photos

VAUXHALL Crossland X

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2017 - 2018

1 generation

2013 - 2017
VAUXHALL Insignia Hatchback specs and photos

VAUXHALL Insignia Hatchback

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2013 - 2017
VAUXHALL Insignia Sedan specs and photos

VAUXHALL Insignia Sedan

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2013 - 2017
VAUXHALL Insignia Sports Tourer specs and photos

VAUXHALL Insignia Sports Tourer

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2013 - 2017

1 generation

2010 - 2019
VAUXHALL Meriva specs and photos

VAUXHALL Meriva

vans

Diesel · Gasoline · Natural gas

3 generations

2014 - 2017
VAUXHALL Meriva VXR specs and photos

VAUXHALL Meriva VXR

vans

Gasoline

1 generation

2003 - 2009
VAUXHALL Mokka specs and photos

VAUXHALL Mokka

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2012 - 2016
VAUXHALL Mokka X specs and photos

VAUXHALL Mokka X

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2016 - 2019
VAUXHALL Monaro specs and photos

VAUXHALL Monaro

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

2001 - 2007
VAUXHALL Monaro VXR specs and photos

VAUXHALL Monaro VXR

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

2005 - 2007
VAUXHALL Signum specs and photos

VAUXHALL Signum

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2005 - 2008
VAUXHALL Tigra Twin Top specs and photos

VAUXHALL Tigra Twin Top

convertibles

Diesel · Gasoline

1 generation

2004 - 2009
VAUXHALL Vectra Estate specs and photos

VAUXHALL Vectra Estate

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2005 - 2008
VAUXHALL Vectra Estate VXR specs and photos

VAUXHALL Vectra Estate VXR

wagons

Gasoline

1 generation

2005 - 2008
VAUXHALL Vectra Hatchback specs and photos

VAUXHALL Vectra Hatchback

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2005 - 2008
VAUXHALL Vectra Saloon specs and photos

VAUXHALL Vectra Saloon

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2005 - 2008
VAUXHALL Vectra VXR specs and photos

VAUXHALL Vectra VXR

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

2005 - 2008
VAUXHALL Viva specs and photos

VAUXHALL Viva

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

2015 - 2019
VAUXHALL VX 220 specs and photos

VAUXHALL VX 220

convertibles

Gasoline

1 generation

2000 - 2005
VAUXHALL Zafira specs and photos

VAUXHALL Zafira

vans

Gasoline · Diesel

3 generations

2016 - 2018
VAUXHALL Zafira VXR specs and photos

VAUXHALL Zafira VXR

vans

Gasoline

1 generation

2005 - 2010