On this day in auto history - July 23rd

Fri 23rd Jul 2021

It was on this day in 2008 that the public got its first glimpse of the eagerly-awaited Vauxhall Insignia when it was unveiled at the British Motor Show in London.

Launched as a direct replacement for the oft-maligned Vectra in the large family car segment, the Insignia was generally accepted as a huge improvement on its tired predecessor, drawing widespread praise for its sharper styling, lower running costs, higher equipment levels and comfortable driving position.

Having surprisingly scooped the prestigious European Car of The Year award in 2009, the Insignia gate-crashed the UK’s top 10 sales list in its first year and has proved a staple on Britain’s roads ever since, helped by its enormous popularity in the company car sector.

In testament to the vehicle’s enduring appeal, the Vauxhall Insignia was recently named the ‘Used Car Hero’ at the 2018 Autocar Awards.

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