Man Killed by Airbag Two Weeks After Crash

Airbags can be dangerous in more ways than you might think: one man in Scotland died of bronchial pneumonia two weeks after inhaling fumes from one after it was cut on broken glass in a highway crash.

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Opel to Debut Astra OPC/VXR and Mokka Crossover at Geneva Auto Show

Opel and Vauxhall have announced the lineup of debuts for the upcoming 2012 Geneva Motor Show, with the highly-anticipated Astra OPC/VXR headlining the booth.

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Vauxhall Unveals 280-HP Astra VXR Hatchback

Vauxhall revealed its hot new hatch, looking to take away some of the spotlight from Ford’s Focus and Fiesta ST. The brand new VXR hatchback is the fastest and most powerful production vehicle from Vauxhall yet, boasting 280-hp and 295 lb-ft of torque from a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder. Vauxhall is also claiming that their new VXR hatchback will have a top speed of 155-mph.

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Changes To UK MoT Car Inspection Could Cost Owners Exorbitant Sums

New rules to Britain’s MoT inspection program, used by the government to declare whether vehicles are roadworthy or not, could end up costing motorists thousands of dollars for non-essential repairs.

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Opel Unveiling Astra GTC, Zafira Tourer, Surprise Vehicle At Frankfurt Auto Show

Opel is set to make an impression as this year’s Frankfurt Show which takes place on September 15th to the 25th. Their main focus will be the surprise debut of an experimental car which Opel claims will emphasize the passion for driver-focused vehicles.

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Mitsubishi, Vauxhall Pull Advertising From News Of The World

Following in Ford’s footsteps, Mitsubishi and Vauxhall have also pulled their ads from News Of The World, in response to the tabloid’s phone hacking scandal.

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Vauxhall Shows Off Astra GTC Prior To Official Debut

Vauxhall’s Astra GTC is poised to take on the European market with its sleek, stylish design and compact body. More importantly, its price point will really give Volkswagen’s Scirocco and Renault’s Megane Coupe some serious competition. Vauxhall announced that their 2012 Astra GTC will be available with four different four-cylinder powerplants, one of them being a diesel. The most powerful will be a 1.6L turbo with 178-hp while their 2.0L diesel will sport 163-hp. Economy seekers will have two choices, a 1.4L, one with 118-hp and another with 138-hp.

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Vauxhall/Opel Insignia To Spawn Coupe Variant

A “leaked document” (read: dubious rumor) claims that a coupe variant of the Opel Insignia sedan, may wear the famed Calibra badge. The previous Calibra was known for its slippery styling and turbocharged engines, and the Insignia would make a worthy successor.

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New MG Cars Debut In China

You may have never heard of Guangzhou, China, but with nearly 12 million people, the industrial metropolis is a major player in the Chinese auto market.

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2011 Vauxhall VXR8 Makes Us Weep For Pontiac G8

Although the good Lord chose to take the Pontiac G8 from us far too early in its life, other countries can still enjoy GM’s Zeta platform superstar in all it’s Holden Commodore-based goodness.

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GM to Expand Volt Range to Three Models by 2015

General Motors will look to expand its lineup of extended range electric cars to three models by the time the current Chevrolet Volt’s production cycle has run its course. At least that is GM’s plan for the European market under the Opel/Vauxhall brands where GM has just launched the sister car to the Volt, the Opel Ampera.

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GM Daewood Planning Two New Subcompacts For Europe, Electric Vehicles For Korea

General Motors is harnessing the small car expertise of their Daewoo division to develop two new small cars, an upscale hatchback to be branded as a Vauxhall or Opel products, and a smaller, less expensive version likely to be sold as a Chevrolet.

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Lotus To Help With Vauxhall Astra VXR Chassis Development

Vauxhall has turned to Lotus for help with their chassis engineering on their upcoming Astra VXR hot hatch. The input from Lotus will supplement the work done by GM division Opel, which is testing the car on German roads.

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Chevrolet Aveo To Spawn Crossover, Sedan Variants

Chevrolet‘s next Aveo will see more bodystyles beyond the traditional hatchback, with a crossover and a sedan among them.

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Vauxhall GTC Concept To Bow At Paris Auto Show (Press Release Inside)

The Vauxhall Astra is one of Britain’s most popular cars, and is also known as the spectacular flop that was the Saturn Astra in North America. While North Americans didn’t take too kindly to the compact, Belgian-built hatch, Europeans adore the Astra, but the next generation will face some stiff competition from the upcoming Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Golf.

The Vauxhall GTC concept should give us a glimpse of what the next Astra looks like, and while GM certainly has the styling part down, the guts of the car make us even more optimistic. A 2.0L turbo four-cylinder, 6 speed manual gearbox and big wheels feature prominently, as does a start-stop system. We’d wager that this particular car will pave the way for some kind of sporty hatch. After all, most Astras are sold to families and police departments, where diesel engines and steel wheels are the equipment of choice.

Gallery: Vauxhall GTC Concept

Hit the jump to see the official press release

Check out Autoguide’s Paris Auto Show preview, and stay tuned for live coverage starting September 30th

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