• Vauxhall has confirmed pricing and specification for the All-New Vauxhall Astra. Available with a choice of powertrains, and for the first time as Plug-in HYBRID-e version.

    The All-new Astra is also the first Vauxhall model to feature the brand’s new trim line-up. The new, simplified, three version line-up of Design, GS Line, and Ultimate will be rolled out on both future and existing models – with the latter expected to be completed in the first half of 2022. The new range structure makes it even easier for customers to choose their new Vauxhall, with specification aligned between electric, and petrol and diesels models making them easily comparable.

     Design – The entry point features bold and pure styling and driver assistance tech

     GS Line – Combines striking sports styling with advanced technology

     Ultimate – GS Line styling and packed with a raft of premium technology

    From launch, the All-new Astra will be available in the Plug-in HYBRID-e variant which combines Vauxhall’s 1.6-litre petrol engine with a 12.4 kWh battery for a combined power output of 180PS, with a more powerful, 225PS Plug-in Hybrid Electric variant to become available later next year. Both models will be capable of up to 35 miles (WLTP) of electric range.

    Customers can also choose from a line-up of efficient petrol and diesel engines. The All-new Astra is available with a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol unit, or a 1.5-litre four cylinder diesel engine, with both variants available with either a six-speed manual or Vauxhall’s smooth eight-speed automatic.

    Prices for the All-New Vauxhall Astra range start from £23,27 and available to order now. 


  • Subaru revealed their first All-Electric vehicle this week, the Subaru Solterra.

    Co-developed with Toyota and sharing the same aesthetics and powertrain as the recently revealed Toyota bZ4X, the Solterra uses the two company’s dedicated NEV platform. Incorporating the battery unit as an integral part of the chassis beneath the vehicle floor, it gives the fundamental benefits of a low centre of gravity, excellent front/rear weight balance and high body rigidity for high levels of safety and ride and handling quality.

    Like the Bz4X, the Solterra has an expected range of more than 331 and 288 miles (WLTP) depending on two or four-wheel drive and features a 71kWh lithium-ion battery. This battery has a combined maximum power output of 204PS for the front-wheel drive model and 218PS for the four-wheel drive version.

    (WLTP) and will also offer advanced technology features, including a solar panel roof to help charge the battery while driving or parked, and third generation Toyota Safety Sense with new and improved active safety and driver assistance systems.

    The launch of the Subaru Soltera will start by the middle of 2022, with pricing to be confirmed.