• Mar 26, 2009
Vauxhall Statesman – Click above for image gallery

Wilcox Limousine in England distributes the Vauxhall Statesman in both six-door, three-row limousine and hearse configurations. The company has already begun eying the new Insignia for dignitary and funeral duty, and the result is rendered above. It's not all that bad for a limo conversion, but we had no idea that so many people were requesting to be chauffeured to the airport and The Great Beyond in stretched Vauxhalls. On the plus side, you'll find leather trim, walnut door cappings and a full divider on the inside. "Unbeatable prices" can't hurt, either. Check out the next Statesman limo and hearse in the gallery below.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      For what it's worth, this is likely an appealing alternative to the current fleet of Lincoln limos that shuffle people around London and to the airport. The Lincolns are naturally a little big... Otherwise the next step is a premium car (Mercedes, Rolls) as a starting point which probably kills the economics of it being a profitable hired car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Chrysler 300C will replace the Town Car in limo fleets.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sweet...
      Ecto2 - Euro Style!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        yes.... there is something "cradle-to-the-grave" about a Buick hearse. It's a brand that followed a generation from youth, to agedness, to the funeral home. Touching, really.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To respond to the title of the post, yes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Umm all but the "good" part.

        I'd say "Too Much of a Thing"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Meh, not so much.

      Are Lincolns really all that prevalent in London? I had no idea.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it looks nice, and it's entirely appropriate given that the Insignia is Vauxhall's range-topper (aside from the niche VXR8).
      • 5 Years Ago
      c'mon now, it's not bad looking. In fact, the rear end of this car looks like the new Mercedes E. I think the lines on this thing look nicer stretched than most of the limo-duty Caddys I see these days; for some reason Cadillac seems to play it safe on their largest model, although come to think of it- that unease seems to have been the blight of all modern day gunboats designed for the geriatric, and will hopefully die off with them. I'd be buried in this thing, and if I were rich but not SUPER-rich and really felt I needed a loooonnng corporate conveyance (the VW Phaeton demographic) I'd commission this thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ya know.....

      If we get the Insignia as a Buick, why not have Buick (as GM's purported answer to Lexus) be the GM subsidiary that produces limousines? GM has moved Cadillac in more of the sport/activity lifestyle end of the luxury spectrum (a la BMW & Audi) with styling and products that match these segments accordingly. If the new Buick is to be the silent, dulcid-driving luxury brand, why not have products like this stretch Insignia? Best of all, since the 3 brands (Opel/Vauxhaul/Buick) typically produce fleet vehicles, why not have this cover the 3 big markets- US, EU, & China respectively? As limos go, the styling certainly looks more elegant & appropriate on a car that size than the "Art & Science" styling language employed by Cadillac, and this will free Cadillac to get out of the fleet vehicle arena and put more of their resources towards more serious contenders for their German rivals, essentially allowing GM to have the luxury market both ways.
      • 5 Years Ago
      UMMM... It brings back really bad memories of how we associated wealth with Limos ...until your friend showed up at prom in a K-car Limo... If you don't remember that abomination watch the movie "Valley Girl".

      I am not saying that the Insignia is anywhere as bad as the piece of garbage a K-car was.. but I am saying some things should not be made into a Limo..including Ferraris and Hummers..LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      It will be popular with funeral services as other DIY-stretched Vauxhalls, Volvos :-)
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