Every Monday morning, here at VCARs, we’ll give you a quick round-up of the motoring news from the weekend papers and links to read more. That means, instead of returning from the newsagents laden with papers, you can wait until Monday morning and catch the lot! Continue reading
Every Monday morning (hey, it’s the first one, give us a break), here at VCARs, we’ll give you a quick round-up of the motoring news from the weekend papers and links to read more. That means, instead of returning from the newsagents laden with papers, you can wait until Monday morning and, here at VCARS, catch the lot! Continue reading
The top safety features of the Vauxhall Corsa were displayed recently when a motorist was lucky to avoid major injuries after crashing into a cow on his travels, it has been reported.
Martin Conlin saw the one-ton Fresian cow smash through his windscreen after the incident on the A350 near Chippenham, Wiltshire.
The 42-year-old was lucky to escape with minor injuries to his hand following the incident, while the animal also survived after being sedated by a vet.
Mr Conlin told the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: "My hand got caught between the steering wheel and the cow and I had a small injury to my hand but that was it.
"Although me and my family can look at the funny side now it could have been game over for me."
It was added that eight of the cows and a bull had escaped from a nearby field and had begun to make their way across the dual carriageway.
The car was beyond repair following the head-on collision.
As well as being able to travel 70.6 miles on a gallon of fuel, the Vauxhall Corsa has also been given a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP.
Motorists looking for a car aimed at having a positive impact on the environment could look in the direction of the latest Vauxhall Corsa.
The Corsa ecoFLEX is the most economical car in Vauxhall’s 106-year history, generating just 105g/km of carbon dioxide alongside providing motorists with 85.6 miles to the gallon through the extra urban fuel cycle.
The CO2 figure offers a 14g/km improvement on the outgoing Corsa model, while the fuel efficiency shows a progression of 13 per cent.
To help improve the vehicle’s efficiency, Vauxhall has introduced a raft of developments to the Corsa ecoFLEX.
These include improvements to the aerodynamics, while lower engine revs are created through the inclusion of "taller gearing".
Furthermore, driving around town is made easier as a shorter second-gear ratio has been introduced.
The Vauxhall Corsa ecoFLEX can be bought in both three and five-door forms and according to the manufacturer is "small yet stylish and cheeky yet charming".
The on-the-road credentials of the Vauxhall Corsa VXR Arctic are one of the vehicle strongest points, according to one review.
Channel Four has indicated that the vehicle features a "rorty new exhaust", which is said to add character to the vehicle.
However, it is also revealed that this doesn’t become too noisy for motorists when they are cruising down an open road.
Furthermore, the review remarked that the enlarged 18-inch wheels used on the vehicle provide the car with plenty of "front-end grip".
Another area in which the vehicle is strong is in the safety and security department, where it has successfully received the five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP for adult occupation protection.
In terms of child and pedestrian protection, the Vauxhall Corsa received a three-star rating.
The typical Vauxhall Corsa can be purchased in colours including Flame Red, Black Sapphire and Glacier White.
Meanwhile, the vehicle also provides a motorist with a combined fuel economy of 62.8 miles to the gallon, while generating 119g/km of carbon dioxide.
Although Vauxhall rarely ventures into the world of top performance cars, a "pedigree performer" has been created with the Vauxhall Corsa VXR, it has been stated.
Writing for the Dumfries and Galloway Standard, John Connor indicated that not only does the car do the business on the road, but it also "looks the part".
Among the car’s features is the fitting of a firm racing style suspension, a roof spoiler on the back, a rear bumper that incorporates a diffuser and low profile tyres.
Furthermore, Mr Connor highlighted that the appearance of the vehicle is boosted through the "glamorous" effect of the car having black roof and door mirrors to contrast the overall Arctic White exterior colour.
Meanwhile, the writer added that the sports seats used are comfortable, overall the car is "fast yet stable" and in particular the vehicle’s "handling, braking and cornering ability" is "stunning".
The car’s rapid acceleration is one of its top features, with the ability to hit 60 miles per hour from still in 6.8 seconds, while buyers can also reach a top speed of 140 miles per hour.
The current version of the Vauxhall Corsa is a real "eye-opener" compared to past offerings of the range, according to one reviewer.
Charles Whitcombe has stated on New Car Net that the Corsa 1.2 Club is both solid and practical, while having some "clever styling" features.
He remarked that the styling is "rather daring" from the rear through the inclusion of steeply sloping rear windows and a "curvaceous" bootline.
In terms of its on-the-road credentials, the small engine only allows the Corsa to accelerate to 60 miles per hour from still in 13 seconds, although Mr Whitcombe indicated that the car gathers speed "smoothly and progressively".
Furthermore, he highlighted that the Corsa also provides a passenger with many other benefits, from the surprising amount of headroom in the rear to the "beautifully designed" dashboard.
According to Vauxhall, the Corsa has benefited from a "stunning" amount of detail being given to the interior and exterior, while drivers can profit from both "punchy" petrol and diesel engines.
The Vauxhall Corsa has received a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP.
Through using a Vauxhall Corsa as a guide, it has been uniquely determined that a motorist may currently be able to purchase a new car for a lower price than one that has been on the road for a year.
Research from Parkers.co.uk has discovered that for the first time in history motorists may find it cheaper to buy a new car, as dealers significantly reduce prices to try and instigate a sale.
Add this to the fact that demand for used cars remains strong and motorists have been put in an unfamiliar situation.
The research discovered that a motorist looking to buy a Vauxhall Corsa 1.0-litre Life model that has completed 5,160 miles on an 08 plate could pay around £6,494.
However, the same vehicle on an 09 plate that is yet to be driven off the forecourt can be purchased for £5,995.
Simon Harris, Parker’s consumer editor, said: "This will only be a temporary phenomenon in the market place.
"A used car is always worth less than a new one, so given time the market will correct itself."
Motorists contemplating buying a Vauxhall Corsa also have the added decision of which colour to plump for, with Flame Red and Glacier White among those on offer.
Motorists on the look out for a new car and who fancy their chances when playing pool could enter a competition where they could win a Vauxhall Corsa.
The Midweek Herald newspaper in Devon reports that 20 potential pool sharks will be given the chance to play against one of the sport’s legendary British stars Keith Brewer.
A knock-out tournament will discover the 20 players to make it through to play against Britain’s most successful pool player, who now is a commentator on Sky television and has won over 500 British and European titles.
Elaine Montgomery, owner of the Orange Tree, where the event will be held, told the publication of how the evening will be run on May 4th.
She said: "The best ten players out of the original 20, who either beat Keith or have the least amount of pool balls left on the table, will be issued with a pool lottery ticket and have the chance to win a brand new Vauxhall Corsa."
The winner of the event will gain a car that offers a combined fuel economy of 62.8 miles per gallon, while generating CO2 emissions of 119g/km.
A contender for Britain’s most spoilt child is to be bought a customised Vauxhall Corsa for his upcoming birthday, despite not yet being old enough to drive it.
Jordan Smith is soon to celebrate his 17th birthday and his mother has admitted to the Daily Mail that she has spent £20,000 on presents for the teenager.
However, the Corsa will not be the only vehicle owned by the youngster as his £5,000 Renault Clio that was bought last birthday still sits unused.
His mother Suzanne told the publication: "It’s a shame he’s already bored of his Clio but he loves polishing it.
"And it wasn’t a waste of money because it gave him the freedom to get out of the house – even if it was just to sit in it on the driveway with his friends."
Suzanne has admitted to spending over £52,000 on her son in the last year alone, without including the cost of his upcoming birthday.
Buyers of a Vauxhall Corsa will benefit from a "dynamic chassis and punchy petrol or diesel engines," according to the manufacturer.