Absolutely massive news for Vauxhall, not to mention thousands of company car drivers up and down the country.
You see, despite trailing rivals like the Ford Mondeo
and Volkswagen Passat
in a number of important areas, not least practicality and dynamic ability, the current Insignia has been the best-selling car in the class ever since its original release back in 2008. And, since around 80% of the 900,000 Insignias sold have found homes on company car fleets, it’s highly likely that if you’re due to change your company car next year, you’ll probably be considering one of these.
However, Vauxhall says it’s not just the old foes from Ford and Volkswagen that the Insignia has to compete with. Now that companies such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes are forming an ever-increasing presence in the fleet sector, the new Insignia must also do enough to tempt buyers away from more premium marques.
In order to do that, styling will be absolutely key, and to that end, Vauxhall says the Insignia will look a lot like the Monza concept car first shown in 2013 (not that you’d know that from the pictures of the heavily camouflaged prototype versions we were given the opportunity to drive). What you can’t fail to notice, though, is that the new Insignia has absolutely ballooned in size.
Based on an all-new platform, the car is longer, wider and taller than the one it replaces, which Vauxhall hopes will give it a lot more presence on the road. Indeed, the size of the car will be more familiar to BMW 5-Series drivers than it will to Passat owners. Yet, despite these inflated proportions, Vauxhall has managed to shed a great deal of weight compared with the current car, up to 175kg, depending on the version.