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Here at York Ward & Rowlatt, we find it quite fascinating to watch the new trends, styles, shapes and colours changing through the ages. You might be mistaken in thinking that we’re all dedicated followers of fashion, but we are of course talking about cars!

One of the key drivers in shaping the profile of a vehicle is the advancement in technology. Recently the arrival of ‘active aerodynamics’, which refers to mechanics that can alter a car’s shape, can be seen as one of the biggest innovations in recent years. 

With this in mind, we thought it would be interesting to share with you, our customers, a quick review of some trend-setting moments that Vauxhall has had over the years…

It all started in 1903 when the first ever Vauxhall car was built. The 6HP had a slow-revving single cylinder engine and a chassis that was forward thinking for the times, made from a composite steel and wood structure. 
1938 represents a major milestone in automotive engineering, as the Vauxhall Ten-Four became the first British car with unitary construction. 

Vauxhall made its smallest vehicle in 1963. The Viva’s 1057cc engine found huge success due to being simple, reliable and strong. The early HA Viva evolved to the HB and HC, which lasted until 1979 after a 640,000 production run.
The Cavalier is arguably one of the most important and successful Vauxhall cars. Launched in 1975, it quickly became one of Britain’s best-selling and best loved cars. 

1982 saw the launch of the new Vauxhall Nova. Nearly 500,000 of these vehicles were produced before the Corsa came along 11 years later, which brings us nicely on to 1993. The Corsa was ground-breaking in the small car sector, with its standard power steering, anti-lock brakes and car alarm features. 

The next major milestone year for Vauxhall in breaking new trends is 2008 when the Insignia was launched. Its innovative design and sophisticated technology led the way for a series of new cars that pushed Vauxhall’s brand values further than ever before. 

In 2010, the new Astra followed Insignia’s lead in raising the bar for design, quality and innovation within its market sector. With its bold new shape, dynamic driving experience and a premium feel inside and out, it’s the latest example of Vauxhall’s reputation for forward thinking.
And it didn’t stop there, because since then Vauxhall also launched the Astra GTC in 2011 and in 2012 the unique ADAM puts customers squarely in the driving seat, with over one million configuration combinations on offer.
We can’t wait to see what’s next!​