LEADER: Insignia made more fleet-friendly
Fleets are set benefit from reduced emissions, better fuel economy and tax band savings after Vauxhall launched their new flagship Insignia range.
On sale immediately ahead of October delivery, the range offers potential BIK tax savings of £1,000 over key competitors, alongside lower whole life costs and National Insurance savings.
Overhauled, the £16,279 starting price for the range – available in five-door Hatch, four-door Saloon and Sports Tourer estate models – is almost £2,000 less than the outgoing lineup.
James Taylor, Fleet Sales Director at Vauxhall, said: “The New Insignia family not only offers refreshed styling, new engines and cutting-edge infotainment, but also big savings for both company car drivers and fleet decision-makers.
“Against key rivals such as the Ford Mondeo and the VW Passat, company car drivers can save over £1,000 in BIK tax and fleet managers can see dramatic whole life cost cuts of up to £3,000 per car.”
A Design 2.0 CDTi (120PS) ecoFLEX with Start/Stop engine saves company drivers £992 over three years against a Ford Mondeo Edge 1.6 TDCi (115PS) and £1,118 over a Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion Tech S 1.6 TDI (105PS).
The same 99g/km, 76.3mpg combined engine saves £3,028 in estimated whole life costs against a Ford Mondeo Edge 1.6 TDCi (115PS) and £2,926 over a Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion Tech S 1.6 TDI (105PS).
Such a cut is facilitated through lower service, maintenance and repair costs.
Duncan Aldred, Chairman and Managing Director of Vauxhall, said: “Our flagship car is coming of age.
“The new Insignia range embodies all that Vauxhall stands for: powerful design, innovative technology, terrific value and driving pleasure.
“The Insignia’s become a design classic in its class, and I’m confident that the new range will appeal to both existing customers as well as those who would never have considered buying a Vauxhall before.”
Overhauled, the vehicle is available in four engines, eight trim levels and ten exterior colours, with Emerald Green and Aurum Green added to the range.
Standard equipment includes digital radio, Bluetooth, leather steering wheel, six airbags, cruise control and an MP3 player.
The biggest alterations are interior, with a new smartphone-compatible infotainment system incorporating Bluetooth-operated internet connectivity, an 8-inch touchscreen, 3D navigation and voice control.
Up to 60 favourite menus can be stored from all functions and Apps can also be downloaded via the car’s Bluetooth-connected internet.
The driver can also control the system via re-designed controls on the leather steering wheel.
Ride and handling improvements have been made, with damper and anti-roll bar settings revised and noise vibration and harshness levels reduced.
Externally, the vehicle has a wider, lower grille, a thinner logo-bar, with upper grille size emphasised by the slim lower front fascia inserts.
At rear, the range appears wider and lower, with the chrome logo-bar positioned lower on the tailgate.
State-of-the-art radar and camera-based assistance systems, premium seats and keyless entry and start system are three safety and comfort highlights.
All Vauxhall Insignias come with lifetime warranty, allowing first owners peace of mind for as long as they own the car, up to 100,000 miles.