The title of the post may be confusing, well it?s in reference to the new Vauxhall Signum, an executive car costing around ?28,000. The reason the title says ?vauxhall part man, part machine? is because essentially it is a machine (a car) but it is stuffed full of boys toys that it feels like it was designed for a man and the car itself is a man wanting to show off his toys (in my opinion anyway)
The Signum was launched in 2003 and was marketed as a premium car for work, family and play wrapped up into one with lots of space and style due to its unique vauxhall parts. The car looks as if its based on the Vauxhall Vectra but more stretched and combines the best vauxhall parts and features from normal cars such the storage ability of an estate while having the flexibility of a larger multiple personnel vehicle and the comfort of a saloon.
To reveal why the Vauxhall Signum is becoming the most popular Vauxhall estate car you have to examine its car parts. Firstly the very impressive 3 litre V6 engine is a powerful engine which can outperform a Ferrari 360 (according to Total Vauxhall magazine). Normally for this type of car engine in this type of car you would expect to pay no less than 35,000 GBP, but the Signum under cuts this budget and still crams in more Vauxhall parts to make the car unique. Of course you can have different version with the most models using the 2.2 Direct ECOTEC car engine (uses petrol direct injection), still excellent value for the money.
With sport models you can get all the trimming from sporty suspension to 19 inch allow wheels and electric door mirror wipers. It would not be a Signum if it did not have the extras such as chrome door handles and carbon-fibre door trims.
On basic models several nifty car parts are introduced including a IDS (Interactive Driving System) is an advanced which combines many functions such as traction control, cornering brake control, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution etc and the inclusion of vauxhall parts such as driver and passenger airbags and side airbag curtains, adjustable child seat clips, rear passenger safety cell etc all ensure the Signum is at the high end of safety.
To accommodate for the family and the working man the Signum offers some nice vauxhall parts, including FlexSpace which allows users to choose maximum leg room or more space to put things. Several seats can be moved to reveal more space and can handle long items such as planks of wood or ladders. Other basic features and vauxhall parts adding to its ease are features such as cruise control, rain sensitive windscreen wipers, door lighting etc
You also get some nice navigation car parts such as SatNav and audio and visual controls on the steering wheel for all electronic devices in the vehicle.
To accommodate the family comfort was maintained is several car parts such as supportive seats with rake and height adjustments, Travel Assistant (comprises of several things from storage area, armrests, cool box, bin, power sockets, portable DVD player etc). Most models come with air conditioning, front cup holders and door bins. Actually it has more storage than my 2 bedroom apartment.
The Signum is quickly becoming a car to accessories and previous modifications include speaker systems, free view on a small LCD TV, spoilers etc, however the Signum does come with a lot of cool features such as folding out tables, active vision lighting, etc.
So with a nice price tag for the specifications, lots of boy?s toys, easily upgradeable and up to a powerful 3 litre v6 engine who can blame people for buying the Vauxhall Signum.