Vauxhall Insignia given to budding car engineers

Trainee mechanics in Bedfordshire are being given the chance to sharpen their engineering skills through working on a Vauxhall Insignia.

The 2009 Car of the Year, which is a direct replacement for the Vauxhall Vectra, is being given to the youngsters to offer training on advanced levels of motor engineering.

A pre-production model of the Insignia has been donated to Dunstable College by the Luton-based company rather than being destroyed.

Derek Pearce at the Kingsland Campus, Houghton Regis, said: "The students will be able to carry out complex checks that are not possible on the older vehicles they are currently using.

"We are also running a higher course in September as our students have progressed considerably and they will now be able to gain City & Guilds Level 2."

He added that the move to donate the Insignia to the college is "very exciting" news.

According to Vauxhall, the Insignia benefits from the inclusion of "dynamic design and innovative technology throughout", with buyers able to purchase both saloon and hatchback offerings in the range.

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