Vauxhall and sister Opel have unveiled the new Crossland X SUV and Insignia large car at the Geneva motor show, hoping that the two new models would earn headlines away from the uncertainty resulting from the sale of the two brands to PSA Group.
But the new cars are not likely to be the reason that the Vauxhall-Opel stand was one of the busiest of the show’s press day, as journalists from around the world clamoured to get more information about the impending takeover by PSA Group, which was only announced on Monday and remained one of the biggest talking points of the whole show.
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Ironically the Crossland X and its forthcoming larger sister the Grandland X are built by Vauxhall-Opel’s new owner – both are part of a joint project with PSA.
Two Insignia models debut
The car is built on a completely new platform that Vauxhall says adds to the interior space while also improving the on-road performance.
Technology will feature heavily – LED matrix lighting, Lane Keep Assist, a Head-up Display and premium seats with front- and rear-seat heating and a heated windscreen are among the features that will b eon offer when the car goes on sale in the summer.
Vauxhall’s latest generation IntelliLink and OnStar systems are also on show in the car with the OnStar assistance service now offering new features including the ability to book hotel rooms and search for suitable parking spots via an OnStar Advisor.