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Why is it called Vauxhall and not Opel?

Discussion in 'General chat / Off Topic (AKA the CommShed)' started by appeland, Nov 26, 2006.

  1. appeland

    appeland New Member

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    Hello,
    please do call me ignorant if I can find this anywhere else and do excuse my stupid question ( I'd just like to know, and have spend the last hour trying to find an official statement).

    I am a German, living with my Irish wife in Ireland in the moment and due to Job relocation we have to move to England in January. Besides the fact that we like that (always wanted to be in england for a while) -- I went to autotrader.co.uk to see how much my beloved opelzs (;) ) might be.

    And - oh mi god - there is not Opels for sale in England, just Vauxhalls :cry: , they do look very familiar though?

    I called a dear friend of mine in Germany, who works as a a sales man in a large opel garage and he told me that it's the stuff that falls of opels production line that is sold in England and because they are embarrassed of it they call it Vauxhall, just in case a proper customer of Opel visits England.

    I personally believe that he was taking the "shower" regarding that, but I would certainly be interested about the history of "Vauxpels" in England.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Andi
  2. scharatz

    scharatz VxON Club Member VxON Club Member

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    Once upon a time, GM bought both Vauxhall and Opel. And as people in Britain were used to the name "Vauxhall" and people in Germany were used to the name "Opel", GM decided to keep both names simply as a marketing plot. They are identical cars in every way though. If anything, the UK spec cars are actually better equipped than the Opel versions. So your friend was talking ******** ;)

    By the way, they're called "Holden" in Australia ;)
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    appeland New Member

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    wow, that was a fast answer :) , thank you

    Do you know if I can order a vauxhall with the "proper" Opel logo everywhere, or would that be to german now?
  4. scharatz

    scharatz VxON Club Member VxON Club Member

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    You can buy an Irish Opel, which will have the steering wheel on the right hand side (just like in the UK).

    Alternatively, you can buy a Vauxhall and rebadge it as an Opel, which is very easy. You'll just need a new front grille with the opel logo and a couple of new badges. Easy - and cheap.


    Welcome to the site by the way :)
  5. Andy_H

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    I've seen several right hand drive Opel's on the road in the UK. Probably those that have been ordered directly from Germany and imported over here.
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    scharatz VxON Club Member VxON Club Member

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    Or imported from Ireland maybe? :D
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    scotty0409 Trisexual

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    When GM bought two similar companies they were hardly going to design two different cars every eight years, so they're the same cars with different names.

    There are a few opels over here or you can switch the badges yourself.
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    Only thing that seperates the cars are badges and names really. Oh and some models are different.

    Vauxhall Nova = Opel Corsa Mk1

    Vauxhall Cavalier Mk1/2 = Opel Ascona

    Vauxhall Cavalier Mk3 = Opel Vectra A

    Vauxhall Carlton = Opel Omega A

    There may be a few other different models too.

    After the Mk3 Cavalier And Carlton Vauxhall badged their succesors as the Vectra and Omega respectively.
  9. scharatz

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    I read somewhere that the reason why Nova wasn't called 'Corsa' originally was because it sounded like 'Coarser' and Cavalier wasn't called Vectra because the name sounded like the old Vauxhall Victor. Not sure if that is true though.

    Opel took the name "Astra" from Vauxhall and replaced the Kaddett with it.
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    Thanks for the tips about importing them from Ireland. Some of you might not be aware of a thing called "VRT" - Vehicle Registration Tax that is charged illigaly by the Irish Government, which makes cars really really expensive here (they have lost lots of EU high court cases about it but still do it since the fines issued by the EU are lower then they make out of it :shake ).

    I can not afford to drive an Opel in Ireland, selling my 2002 Skoda Fabia will get me a 2003 Vectra in England ...........

    Andi

    P.S. The Skoda was a suprisingly good car by the way, we went for it because of the value for money and now I will properbly get my wife one of them, to wheel the kids to school ...

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