Vauxhall Motors is a British car manufacturer, a subdivision of General Motors, headquartered in Luton, Bedfordshire. It focuses on the production and distribution of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles of the Vauxhall brand. The company also sells its high-performance cars under VXR brand. more
The company’s logo is an image of a griffin in a circle. The image derives from the coat of arms of Falkes de Breaute, a soldier, who was granted lands in Luton and built there a house, called Fulk’s Hall. However, the name was corrupted to Vauxhall in the course of time.
The company was established in 1857 by Alexander Wilson. Initially, it produced pumps and marine engines. The car production started only in 1903. In 1925, Vauxhall was bought by General Motors. In 1930, Bedford Vehicles became a subsidiary of Vauxhall, which produced commercial vehicles.
After the Second World War Vauxhall stopped to be a luxury brand and became mass-market. In 1963, the production of Vauxhall Viva started, which looked almost identical to Opel Kadett A. In 1967 it became a Royal Warrant Holder and produced cars for the Queen. In 1970, HC Viva was presented. It became the brand’s best-selling car of the decade. When the production of the Chevette and the Cavalier models started, the sales of the company began to increase. Mk2 Cavalier, released in 1981, also made a huge contribution to the brand's success.
In 1984, Vauxhall Astra Mk2 was chosen as the European Car of the Year and was the first car of the brand to receive such an award. In 1987, Vauxhall Carlton also won this prize. In 2000, the first sports car of the company, VX220 roadster, was introduced. 2002 became the best year for Vauxhall sales. The Corsa and The Astra models were ones of the most popular cars in the UK. In 2008, Vauxhall Insignia was produced and soon won the "European Car of the Year" prize. The Ampera E-Rev, the first electric vehicle of the company released in 2011, was also awarded with it.