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Good, but not memorable

Good, but not memorable advantage, of course, and in this On test-th e Vauxhall respect the VX was a pleasure to drive. Two factors marred long-distance VX230 0 saloon driving: wind noise at speeds of 50-plus — produced, I suspect, by the door- mounted mirrors — and a driving seat which led to a recurrence of back-ache. Otherwise, the seating reflected the up-market appearance of the car, with velour cloth trim and reclining front seats. One point, though: why not fit the arm rest at the front instead of the back? Having driven a Citroen with a front arm rest, I can vouch for its useful­ ness, particularly on long distances. One other minor but irritating feature: the central console contains an "odds and bobs" tray directly under the handbrake, and you can't dis­ engage the handbrake completely without first removing matches, Good, bu t not cigarettes , sweets etc, which presumably the tray is meant to hold. Note to designers: next time round, memorable put the ashtray on the instrument console and move the tray out of hand­ TH E ONLY Vauxhall I ever owned this test write-up was taking the form brake reach. was a G registration Victor with of "What's the point of including such Inside, the VX is well-finished. But dispensable items as a clock and cigar 40,000-plus miles on the clock when I the outside absence of wheel-arch and lighter as standard fittings when much bought it. rear chromium trim is disappointing. more important features are missing?" Friends tot-tutted and said it was a This omission produces the impression That line of criticism, I'm pleased to bad buy, heavy on fuel and prone to not of a luxury, up-market model but say, got negated when the brochure rust. Sure enough, within a matter of the lower-priced standard versions of told me that reversing lights were, weeks brown spots appeared round the other model ranges. indeed, a standard feature. It was just body filler near the front headlights To obtain such extras, you would that they weren't working on the test and the fuel gauge was forever hover­ need to buy the GLS version. But with car. ing round the empty mark. this priced at more than £600 over the Prospects of 12 months or so of Neither was that other, equally equivalen t VX2300 automatic trouble-free motoring took another essential, item, the heated rear screen. (£3,054), the purchase would not be knock when the garage mechanic, But although I have a watch and justified purely on the basis of a more having carried out a full service, said in always carry a box of matches, the car attractive exterior. the blunt manner which seems to be a perversely made sure that the clock Overall, the VX is a clean-lined, characteristic of men in that trade that kept perfect time and the cigar lighter comfortable and powerful car. the engine was "clapped out". worked. Though whether you can pull Whether it's worth the price is a matter So much for the bad news. As it the latter from its socket is dependent for individual judgment, but I would turned out, the Victor did prove on the length of your finger nails. I shop around a bit more before buying reliable — apart from a jammed stuck to the matches. a car in that cost bracket. thermostat — and after 18 months I A 2279cc engine, coupled with auto ­ If I did own one I might find, like the sold it for £100 less than I paid for it. matic transmission, provided adequate old Vauxhall Victor, that it turned out Not bad at a time when second hand power and smoothness on a 400-mile to be a pleasant surprise. C.P. ■ car prices did not reflect today's infla­ weekend journey which took in both tionary climate. motorway and town driving. With less than 3,000 miles on the But driying "automatic" for the first clock, the VX 2300 which I tested time, I missed the immediate response clearly would not show whether Vaux­ from throttle to acceleration which the hall have overcome the corrosion manual gear change offers. The problem which blighted previous momentary hesitancy between put­ models. ting your foot down and response from But if recent reports are to be the engine is discomforting, to say the believed, the company has acknow­ least, when you're overtaking. ledged the defect and is making efforts Perhaps it was this feature that gave to improve body protection. Under- the impression of acceleration not body seal as a standard feature on all reflecting the engine capacity. It would Vauxhall's latest models is an overdue be interesting to compare the auto­ but welcome feature. matic with the VX manual version. Driving the VX for the first time at It's with in-town driving that auto­ night, I was astonished to find no matic transmission shows at its biggest reversing lights. Already the shape of OCTOBER http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Industrial Management Emerald Publishing

Good, but not memorable

Industrial Management , Volume 76 (10): 1 – Oct 1, 1976

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advantage, of course, and in this On test-th e Vauxhall respect the VX was a pleasure to drive. Two factors marred long-distance VX230 0 saloon driving: wind noise at speeds of 50-plus — produced, I suspect, by the door- mounted mirrors — and a driving seat which led to a recurrence of back-ache. Otherwise, the seating reflected the up-market appearance of the car, with velour cloth trim and reclining front seats. One point, though: why not fit the arm rest at the front instead of the back? Having driven a Citroen with a front arm rest, I can vouch for its useful­ ness, particularly on long distances. One other minor but irritating feature: the central console contains an "odds and bobs" tray directly under the handbrake, and you can't dis­ engage the handbrake completely without first removing matches, Good, bu t not cigarettes , sweets etc, which presumably the tray is meant to hold. Note to designers: next time round, memorable put the ashtray on the instrument console and move the tray out of hand­ TH E ONLY Vauxhall I ever owned this test write-up was taking the form brake reach. was a G registration Victor with of "What's the point of including such Inside, the VX is well-finished. But dispensable items as a clock and cigar 40,000-plus miles on the clock when I the outside absence of wheel-arch and lighter as standard fittings when much bought it. rear chromium trim is disappointing. more important features are missing?" Friends tot-tutted and said it was a This omission produces the impression That line of criticism, I'm pleased to bad buy, heavy on fuel and prone to not of a luxury, up-market model but say, got negated when the brochure rust. Sure enough, within a matter of the lower-priced standard versions of told me that reversing lights were, weeks brown spots appeared round the other model ranges. indeed, a standard feature. It was just body filler near the front headlights To obtain such extras, you would that they weren't working on the test and the fuel gauge was forever hover­ need to buy the GLS version. But with car. ing round the empty mark. this priced at more than £600 over the Prospects of 12 months or so of Neither was that other, equally equivalen t VX2300 automatic trouble-free motoring took another essential, item, the heated rear screen. (£3,054), the purchase would not be knock when the garage mechanic, But although I have a watch and justified purely on the basis of a more having carried out a full service, said in always carry a box of matches, the car attractive exterior. the blunt manner which seems to be a perversely made sure that the clock Overall, the VX is a clean-lined, characteristic of men in that trade that kept perfect time and the cigar lighter comfortable and powerful car. the engine was "clapped out". worked. Though whether you can pull Whether it's worth the price is a matter So much for the bad news. As it the latter from its socket is dependent for individual judgment, but I would turned out, the Victor did prove on the length of your finger nails. I shop around a bit more before buying reliable — apart from a jammed stuck to the matches. a car in that cost bracket. thermostat — and after 18 months I A 2279cc engine, coupled with auto ­ If I did own one I might find, like the sold it for £100 less than I paid for it. matic transmission, provided adequate old Vauxhall Victor, that it turned out Not bad at a time when second hand power and smoothness on a 400-mile to be a pleasant surprise. C.P. ■ car prices did not reflect today's infla­ weekend journey which took in both tionary climate. motorway and town driving. With less than 3,000 miles on the But driying "automatic" for the first clock, the VX 2300 which I tested time, I missed the immediate response clearly would not show whether Vaux­ from throttle to acceleration which the hall have overcome the corrosion manual gear change offers. The problem which blighted previous momentary hesitancy between put­ models. ting your foot down and response from But if recent reports are to be the engine is discomforting, to say the believed, the company has acknow­ least, when you're overtaking. ledged the defect and is making efforts Perhaps it was this feature that gave to improve body protection. Under- the impression of acceleration not body seal as a standard feature on all reflecting the engine capacity. It would Vauxhall's latest models is an overdue be interesting to compare the auto­ but welcome feature. matic with the VX manual version. Driving the VX for the first time at It's with in-town driving that auto­ night, I was astonished to find no matic transmission shows at its biggest reversing lights. Already the shape of OCTOBER

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Industrial ManagementEmerald Publishing

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