Vauxhall are known for making a range of everyday vehicles ideal for the majority of drivers. Vauxhall began manufacturing automobiles in 1903 and since then has gone on to become to become one of the defining brands of the British automobile industry. In fact, for the past twenty years, only Ford have sold more vehicles than them in the UK.
Technology in the Right Place
The technology and automotive industry are becoming closer every year. Many manufacturers have adopted technologies that would be more at home in our smartphones than our cars, however, concentrating on touch screens and other gimmicks. Vauxhall, instead, has remained focused on improving how we drive our vehicles. Their Adaptive Forward Lighting systems works by using smart, bi-xenon headlights that are able to automatically adjust themselves to different driving conditions. By using a total of nine different light functions, the company believes they can improve your visibility by up to 90%, all without the risk of dazzling other drivers.
Vauxhall introduced its latest engine technology, BlueInjection, in 2013 which is designed to give the drier the economy of a diesel engine without the high nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx). BlueInjection was made with the latest Euro 6 emission standards in mind and uses a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system in conjunction with AdBlue, a diesel exhaust fluid that lowers the NOx concentration levels found in emissions.
The Power of the Future
With electric-powered cars o nth rise and more companies looking to move into the market, Vauxhall has also been working on how its own cars will be powered in the future. They’ve developed extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV) technology, named Voltec, first seen in its concept car the Vauxhall Flextreme.
E-REV systems combine a plug-in, rechargeable battery, an electric motor, and an internal combustion engine. This allows the vehicle to travel up to fifty miles without the use of petrol and when the battery becomes depleted, the fuel-powered engine then become the main source of power. The main difference this has compared to a plug-in hybrid vehicle is that the electric motor always drives the wheels, with the internal combustion engine acting as a generator to recharge the battery when it’s fully depleted.
When it comes to choosing your next car, learn more about all of the options available to you. With so many options it could turn into a real headache so make sure you choose the one that makes the most sense for your situation.