Vauxhall has three big reveals planned for the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, one of them being the 280-horsepower Vauxhall Astra VXR that was announced last November as the Opel Astra OPC. That means the 2.0-liter turbo four lives underhood, and in addition to 276 ponies, it dishes out 295 pound-feet of torque. Handling is aided by the limited-slip differential for the front axle, the HiPerStrut suspension and the "fully adaptive FlixRide system."

Vauxhall's also got a concept "pedelec" bicycle called the "RAD e" headed to the show. Taking some of its cues from the Opel RAK e Concept shown at Frankfurt, the RAD e attaches a 250-watt electric motor to a bicycle to assist the rider. The motor is good for a range of 37 to 90 miles. Finally, the Vauxhall Mokka crossover – their version of our Buick Encore – will make its formal debut in Geneva.

Follow the jump for the press release highlights, and have a look at the trio in the photo gallery.
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VAUXHALL REVEALS GENEVA SHOW STARS

- Groundbreaking e-concept reinforces company's forward-thinking approach
- World Premiere of Mokka SUV and Astra VXR
- First show appearance of Insignia BiTurbo


Luton (08/02/12 ) – Vauxhall is to unveil a brace of stunning new models and a groundbreaking concept car at this year's Geneva Show, which opens to press on March 6.

The hotly awaited, 280PS Astra VXR will wow Geneva show crowds ahead of its summer launch in the UK, and promises to raise the bar in the hot-hatch class, taking its lead from iconic predecessors like the Astra GTE Mk 1, 2 and 3 and outgoing VXR model.

In stark contrast, the Mokka breaks new ground for Vauxhall, as it enters the growing small SUV market with its sharp design, choice of front- and four-wheel drive and high degree of interior versatility.

But Vauxhall/Opel can also reveal that it will use Geneva to show off a radical and innovative concept vehicle that will reinforce the true breadth of its design and engineering expertise....

Vauxhall/Opel concept breaks cover
These are the first official images of Vauxhall/Opel's RAD e concept vehicle. Vauxhall/Opel will present the "RAD e" design study in Geneva - a futuristic e-bike that complements the brand's existing e-mobility strategy and offers a concept of integrated individual and urban mobility. The RAD e – the first e-bike to be built around automotive construction and production principles – carries much of Vauxhall/Opel's typical design language such as the boomerang shaped features associated with the Ampera and the RAK e concept car. Its pedelec technology, with a 250 watt motor, gives the rider motorised support when pedaling and achieves a range of between 37 and 90 miles. In that sense, the RAD e responds to customer needs to be mobile when car use is restricted or not possible. The RAD e is unveiled at a time when e-bikes are widely expected to play a key role in future integrated urban transport, linking e-bikes, cars and buses.

Most powerful Astra ever makes show debut
Based on the GTC's platform and powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection engine, the Astra VXR produces 280PS of power and a mighty 400Nm of torque, enough for it to achieve a top speed of 155mph.

But while the Astra VXR is based on the new GTC, it has benefited from a raft of bespoke chassis modifications, transforming it into a focused, high-performance coupe. Setting it apart from all other current Astras is a specially developed mechanical limited slip differential, which works on the front wheels. In conjunction with the GTC's sophisticated HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut), the LSD provides the Astra VXR with exceptional lateral grip and traction through bends.

Further changes to the chassis include brakes developed by competition supplier, Brembo, and standard fitment of Vauxhall's fully adaptive FlexRide system. In the Astra VXR, FlexRide features not only a Sport button, but a VXR button, offering drivers the choice of two, more focused stages of damper, throttle and steering control.

Vauxhall's Mokka breaks new ground for company
Vauxhall's new small SUV will take the company into new market territory when it's unveiled at Geneva. Called Mokka, the new model will enter the growing sub-compact SUV B-segment, and even at just 4.28 metres long can accommodate five adults in comfort.

The Mokka will be available with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive system automatically and seamlessly transfers power to the wheels that need it most when grip levels are tested to the extreme.

Power is provided by three efficient engines, all equipped with fuel saving Start/Stop technology. The petrol range comprises a 115PS, 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated engine or a 140PS 1.4-litre Turbo with 200Nm of torque. The diesel is a 130PS 1.7 CDTI turbo with 300Nm of torque. Both the 1.4 Turbo and the 1.7 CDTI can be combined either with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.

The Vauxhall Mokka brings cutting-edge technologies to the SUV B-segment. The Advanced Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL+) which increases driving safety is based on the third-generation bi-xenon lighting system that includes High Beam Assist (HBA). The new generation Vauxhall front camera system is also available, giving the driver access to a number of functions including Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Alert (FCA) and second generation Traffic Sign Recognition.

Muscular and attractive, the Mokka incorporates Vauxhall's signature 'blade' on the body side, sweeping towards the rear. The Mokka's rugged character is reinforced by its higher ground clearance as well as a 1540mm track. Its robust looks are further enhanced by 18-inch alloy wheels which are standard on most models.

The Vauxhall Mokka will be available at Vauxhall dealerships towards the end of 2012.

Show debut for Vauxhall's most powerful diesel ever
Geneva will offer the public a first glance at Vauxhall's most potent diesel car ever, producing 195PS, 400Nm of torque and emissions as low as 129g/km.

Known as the Insignia BiTurbo, and on sale now, it's available with a choice of five-door Hatch and Sports Tourer bodies in SRi, SRi Vx-line and Elite trims, priced from £27,120 on the road.

The potent, twin-sequential turbocharged diesel is based on the existing 1956cc unit which powers key models in the Insignia, Astra and new Zafira Tourer range. However, in BiTurbo form the engine produces up to 35PS more power and a significant 50Nm of extra torque, reducing the 0-60mph time by nearly one second to 8.2 seconds (Insignia FWD Hatch).

But thanks to a package of eco features – including standard Start/Stop across the range – the FWD Hatch achieves a combined 57.6mpg, 2.2mpg better than the single-turbo 2.0 CDTi 160PS model.

Complementing this power gain, Vauxhall's clever FlexRide adaptive damping is standard on all Insignia BiTurbos (normally a £790 option on front-wheel drive Insignias). The system reacts within milliseconds to driver inputs and can 'learn' how the car is being driven and adapt damper settings accordingly. Drivers can also select Tour and Sport buttons, and configure the throttle, steering and damper settings in Sport mode separately.

On four-wheel drive models, FlexRide is integrated with the car's Torque Transfer Device (TTD) and the rear axle's electronically controlled Limited Slip Differential (e-LSD). These features allow torque to be automatically transferred between front and rear wheels, and between left and right wheels on the rear axle, offering exceptional levels of traction, grip and control.

In common with other models in the Insignia range, the BiTurbo has the option of Vauxhall's new Front Camera System, with traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control, which allows the driver to maintain a set distance from the car in front.


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      blo0dLuSt
      • 2 Years Ago
      its FlexRide. not FlixRide. yeah. imma grammar nazi
      WindsWilling
      • 2 Years Ago
      If this vxr made it to the US unchanged i would have my deposite in tomorrow since dealerships are closed today. Its ridiculous that this car isnt here.
      Renaurd
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, that's a good looking automobile.
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        karknut
        • 2 Years Ago
        Professor troll comes out from under the bridge.
        Smilingoat
        • 2 Years Ago
        Last i checked they don't rent cars to 14 year olds.
        Michael Bertovich
        • 2 Years Ago
        here comes the GM defence force!
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        You're Fried_Troll. All you're doing is covering up the fact the you're a Japanese fanboy with false facts and praising Mercedes-Benz cars.
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Plus, you just overpraised the MS3 and WRX over other German built hot hatches.
        karknut
        • 2 Years Ago
        You are a troll! You write like a child and make no sense "he praised everything not Asian, and he bashed EVERYTHING not Asian". I don't think anyone buys your BS about renting a Regal, if it were true and you really felt the way you say, you are part of a small minority. The Regal has been praised for the very things you are bashing. http://www.kbb.com/buick/regal/2011-buick-regal/ http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Buick_Regal/ By saying "I am not a sucker for everything Asian. I hate Hyundai with a passion, and I dislike Mitsubishi and Suzuki. I also like some European cars like Mercedes and Volvos." you really just show the childish attitude that you have and prove to all that you are not a real car guy, just a troll. Real car guys don't "hate" any manufacturers with a passion. It may be OK to "hate" a car but to say something like that just makes people see that you are just a sad little boy screaming from his keyboard. "I hate, I hate, I hate!" Have a crappy night Troll.
        Hopeful 001
        • 2 Years Ago
        It's a rental what do you expect....as you move to higher/more expensive version of the car then thats when you see the value.....and please don't compare it to Honda and or Legacy. If only those makers can learn a thing or two about designing better looking cars...BLAND. Quality is indeed good but won't be driving quality fugly vehicles. Now try driving a REGAL GS and then reply back about its driving dynamics.
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks fantastic! I'd love to see this come to the states as a Buick Skylark as an upscale WRX/Golf R/MS3 competitor.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
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          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          Nurburgring Nordshleife AND VIR. http://www.fastestlaps.com/tracks/nordschleife.html 8:22.85 That's actually faster than the slightly less powerful and slightly heavier (compared to the current STI) 2005 STI. It's also faster than a Lotus Exige S and BME E46 M3 on the same track. http://www.fastestlaps.com/tracks/virginia_international_raceway.html 3:13.00 Only 3 tenths faster than the Evo X, which says that it doesn't have a problem keeping up with it. That's 8 tenths faster than the 2010 STI (which is the same as a 2011 and 2012 STI). Look down further, you'll see it betters the less powerful 2008 WRX with 224hp. So I'm pretty sure if it can beat the less powerful earlier model AND the STI, I'm pretty sure it can beat the current WRX.
          Matt
          • 2 Years Ago
          Had a few track days at Gingerman and Nelson Ledges this past year and there were a few 2010 SS Cobalts and a few 08-11 WRXs in the advanced group. The Cobalts were indeed keeping up and sometimes out pacing the WRXs, even after a few of the drivers swapped cars, so it just wasn't driver skill. I'm curious how an STI would have held up, but there was the one guy who had the GM stage kit with 310hp... damn did that thing scoot.
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          You mean the Cobalt SS Turbo that absolutely RAPED the WRX around the track?
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        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        Who cares about the Sonic? Obviously the people who are buying it up making it outsell the Fiesta. This is also bigger than the Sonic. Sonic - B-segment Astra - C-segment So if they brought this over, it wouldn't conflict with the Sonic's sales.
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          It does. But that's not the majority of its sales.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
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        leo
        • 2 Years Ago
        amen, how can GM not be able to make a business case for this car Just call it the Regal Coupe and bring over ASAP
          karknut
          • 2 Years Ago
          @leo
          I would love to see it too. BTW the Astra is the almost exactly the same car as Verano, so Verano coupe may be more appropriate.
        artandcolour2010
        • 2 Years Ago
        This car is a C segment car, a compact, not a B segment car. And it IS sold over here, it's the Buick Verano. What we need is the 2 door bodystyle. It in no way competes with the smaller Sonic.
        theblackporsche
        • 2 Years Ago
        Completely agree with you!
        WindsWilling
        • 2 Years Ago
        Because its gm and ppl been asking for line now for years. Gm is lost when it comes to these things sadly.
        Hopeful 001
        • 2 Years Ago
        I agree....276HP hello and with the looks that could make a veloster say "TIME FOR REDESIGN"!!!!
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a sexy car. This is why is think European design is STILL decades ahead of the U.S.
        ToyotaSupraMan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Hey, it there's one thing we (Europeans) do right it's putting lots of power in small cars. Hot hatches ARE our turf.
          Matt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ToyotaSupraMan
          So the Fista ST, Focus ST/RS, Citroen DS3 (Racing), Seat Leon Cupra R, Renaultsport Clio or Twingo and the Vauxhall Corsa VXR aren't decent hot hatches?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ToyotaSupraMan
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      Fixitfixitstop
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a crime that we can't get this in the US, and I don't wanna hear anything about the Saturn experiment. GM botched the marketing and pricing for that entirely.
        TBN27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fixitfixitstop
        If they bring it as a Buick it will sell
        Rotation
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fixitfixitstop
        We had the Cobalt SS and they didn't.
          Fixitfixitstop
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          Apples and oranges to me. The Cobalt SS was only cool in sedan form IMO. The coupe was downright goofy and had no hatch, making it useless to me.
      Michael Bertovich
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it's not a sports car, why take PR pictures of it on a track?
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael Bertovich
        Really? Do you not know what VXR vehicles represent? VXR is the British equivalent of Ford's SVT or Chrsyler's SRT. This car can most certainly handle itself on a track with other sports cars.
          Michael Bertovich
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          This is what "You people" take to the track? Seriously? Talk about a toothpick to a gunfight.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael Bertovich
        Uh because it's a car BUILT for the track...
      Erik Tomlinson
      • 2 Years Ago
      That actually looks pretty dang sharp.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well dam, another case of domestic ownership foreign nameplate do want vehicle here moment.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cruising
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      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      Buick Wildcat
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