18 Facts About Opel Vectra


Opel Vectra is a mid-size car that was engineered and produced by the German automaker Opel from 1988 until 2010.

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Available in saloon, hatchback and estate body styles, the Vectra was sold by the Vauxhall marque in the United Kingdom as the Vauxhall Cavalier from 1988 to 1995 and then as the Vauxhall Vectra from 1995 to 2008, and it was sold by Holden in Australia as the Holden Vectra, by Chevrolet in Latin America as the Chevrolet Vectra.

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In Japan, the Vectra were the first Opels to be distributed by Isuzu Motors Ltd.

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In Egypt, the Opel Vectra A was not introduced until 1994 through GM Egypt dealerships, and started production in the end of 1994 by GM Egypt through the beginning of 1996, with a range of 1.

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In Brazil, the Chevrolet badged Vectra A was not introduced until 1993, when it replaced the Chevrolet Monza, a restyled version of the Ascona C The first Brazilian model had two engine options: 2.

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Second model, the Opel Vectra B, was introduced in October 1995 for the 1996 model year, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and the model range came to include an estate version for the first time.

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Vauxhall badged Opel Vectra B was the last Vauxhall to be produced at the company's Luton plant, where the end of automobile production was announced in December 2000, taking effect just over a year later.

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In Egypt, the production of the Opel Vectra B continued during 1996 with two models, initially a 1.

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In 2002, local production of the Opel Vectra ceased, in favour of the Opel Corsa Saloon and Opel Astra Saloon.

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Opel Vectra C was first seen in November 1999, in a copy of Auto Express.

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The Signum, which was based partly on the Opel Vectra C, featured a completely different layout in the rear.

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Opel Vectra C received a facelift in September 2005, with the debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and it retained a similar line of engines.

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The Opel Vectra was dropped and replaced by the Holden Epica, a badge engineered Daewoo Tosca early in 2007.

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In 2008, the Opel Vectra OPC was available with either six speed manual or six speed automatic transmission.

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For much of its production life, the original Opel Vectra was the fourth best selling car in the country, but the Opel Vectra C never came higher than tenth in the country's car sales charts, though within its own market sector it held on to second place, behind the Ford Mondeo.

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Prototype Opel Vectra C was built to the BTC Touring specifications in 2003 by Triple Eight Race Engineering, with the view to using it in the 2004 BTCC, but it was never raced, despite being shown publicly at the 2004 Birmingham Motor Show as the 'Opel Vectra Diesel Concept'.

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Opel Vectra has been used as a silhouette racing car: in the Stock Car Brasil in 2000 to 2003 and 2009, in the Argentine Top Race V6 since 2005, and in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters in 2004 and 2005, with little success.

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In 1994, the Opel Vectra was the official Formula 1 safety car during the tragic weekend of the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix driven by Max Angelelli at the time and was in front of Ayrton Senna for 5 laps before he crashed into Tamburello on lap 7.

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