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Find out what's going on in the world of Vauxhall. Read about the latest exciting developments here first.

FEATURES - New ADAM

Apparently there are 4 billion permeations available on the all-new Vauxhall ADAM – our first ever entrant in the fashion-led A segment. Certainly no other car offers such an incredible and diverse array of personalisation. From alloy wheels to steering wheel; engine to mirrors; seat trim to roof; grille bar to gear lever – you can design your own unique ADAM. It is even possible to choose coloured or illuminated headlining, and coloured or illuminated dashboard fascia – both a first for any vehicle.

With eighteen different dashboard treatments alone perhaps 4 billion combinations isn't such a stretch. Finding two alike will be a challenge.

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V MAG - The Adventure Issue

Welcome to the Adventure issue of V Magazine. Join us in our search for excitement. We found it in all sorts of places, from going off the beaten track in Croatia in the new Insignia Country Tourer to taking the Zafira Tourer for a swinging time in a Kent forest.

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PRIZE DRAW - Win £500 of free fuel

Every month we give away £500 of free fuel to one lucky Vauxhall driver. With fuel prices on the rise, this is a prize draw you can't afford to miss!

The £500 comes pre-loaded on a pre-paid debit card which you can use to buy fuel at any UK petrol station. For your chance to win it, follow the link below. See the terms and conditions for prize draw closing dates.

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Features

Whether it's football, a bit of fun – or the future of our planet – check out the latest news and features from Vauxhall right here.

Made in England

Made in England

Vauxhall has commissioned leading global fashion stylist, Katy England, to create a short film exploring all that's great about British style and design. The collaboration comes as Vauxhall Motors celebrates its 110 year anniversary with activities that honour the brand's British heritage.

Katy England explained, "When creating the narrative for the film, I spoke with members of the Vauxhall Motors design team to really get under the skin of the process of designing cars and how people see them as far more than a vehicle to drive them to A to B, more an extension of their personality and reflection of them."

Speaking about the commission, Mark Adams, Vice President of Design at Vauxhall Motors commented, "Made in England was commissioned to delve into British youth culture, allowing us to engage with and understand British fashion and culture tribes. It's a fascinating project we're really proud to share."

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New Insignia Country Tourer

New Insignia Country Tourer

Joining other Vauxhall 4x4s, including the Mokka and Antara, the New Insignia Country Tourer is our latest entry into the growing crossover sector. With ever-worsening British winters, there has been increased demand from customers who want the robustness of an SUV combined with the convenience of a tourer body shape.

The New Insignia's electronically controlled 4x4 drivetrain constantly adapts to prevailing road conditions, and can vary torque distribution seamlessly between the front and rear axles, as well as between the rear wheels, even before a wheel begins to slip. The adaptive all-wheel system also supports drivers in non-critical situations. To reduce frictional losses and save fuel, the system cleverly reverts to front-wheel drive whenever it senses that no adaptive interventions are required.

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Vauxhall Astra 2.0 CDTi Hatch in action at Millbrook

Record-breaking Astras

Just after 4pm on October 5 2013, the first of two Ellesmere Port-built Vauxhall Astra 2.0 CDTi Hatches approached the start line on Millbrook Proving Ground's High Speed Bowl. Precisely 24 hours later it crossed the same marker, having covered nearly 3,000 miles at an average speed of 125mph.

Eighteen endurance records were broken, with 12 world records among them, including the 24-hour endurance world record.

Twelve drivers each drove a total of four hours, split between the two cars. Only one tyre change was needed per car, no engine oil was consumed at all, and - despite completing nearly 1,500 laps of the two-mile banked circuit with throttles nailed to the floor - both cars completed the attempt with only 22 minutes' downtime, in addition to refuelling and driver changes. No clearer demonstration could be given of the Astra's exceptional reliability and driveability in extreme conditions.

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Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes

Vauxhall has now raised £250,000 for its chosen charity, Help for Heroes, which supports military personnel and their families. Vauxhall has supported Help for Heroes since 2010 and the money has already been put to good use, funding a new family room at Tedworth House so that relatives can stay at the centre if a soldier is undergoing long-term rehabilitation. Vauxhall also provides the charity with three Astra Sports Tourers and a Movano van to help with its fundraising events around the country.

Private Derenalagi, who had both his legs amputated above the knee in 2007 after being injured on duty in Afghanistan, has also been sponsored by Vauxhall's employees to compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games, where he represented Great Britain in the discus. For more information about Help for Heroes or to make a donation, please visit www.vauxhallh4h.co.uk or donate £1 by texting the word Vauxhall to 70900.

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V Magazine

The Colour issue

The Adventure Issue

We head for the great outdoors in search of adventure in this issue of V Magazine. We put the new Insignia Country Tourer through its paces in the wilds of Croatia and, closer to home, we take the ADAM to Leeds to meet professional diver Chris Mears and talk about his Olympic adventure. Then it's off to deepest Kent and Bedgebury Forest in a Zafira Tourer for a spot of tree swinging. Ultimate action man Bear Grylls explains why he's made survival his life, and we've come up with 10 adventures you can make all your own.

In this issue…

Whatever the Weather

New Insignia Country Tourer goes off piste on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia.

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Call of the Wild

Bear Grylls has made a living out of survival and outdoor adventure. Find out why.

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Blood, Sweat and Mears

We drive the ADAM to Leeds to meet diver Chris Mears and follow his Olympic adventure.

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Vauxhall & I

Find out why people from all walks of life love their Vauxhalls.

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Make Your Own Adventure

10 adventures for you to try, from a thrilling drive to night swimming under a full moon.

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Prize Draws

This is where you'll find a new, exciting prize draw every month. Check back often to make sure you don't miss out.

Win an adventure holiday

Fancy a Finnish wilderness week; whale and dolphin watching in the Azores; or a gastronomic cycling tour of the Dordogne? These are just some of the experiences on offer if you win our Exodus Adventure Holiday competition worth up to £3000. You can go on your own or take friends or family along with you - the choice is yours.

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Win a copy of Vauxhall and I

Here's your chance to win a copy of the limited-edition book. It's a compilation of personal stories, anecdotes and unique photography telling of the relationships between people and their Vauxhalls.

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Win a stay at Blue Forest's Bensfield Treehouse

Here's your chance to enjoy a stay for two in the stunning Bensfield Treehouse in the beautiful Sussex countryside. Built around a mature oak, it has central heating, a fully-equipped kitchen and en- suite shower room. Enter our free prize draw and you could win a two-night stay for two.

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Win a stay at the Malmaison Leeds

Here's the chance to spend two nights at the stylish boutique Malmaison Hotel in Leeds, which boasts funky rooms, slinky suites, a classy bar and excellent brasserie. Enter our free prize draw and you could win two nights for two at the hotel.

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Win a Heritage Pack

In 2013 Vauxhall celebrates 110 years building vehicles - longer than any other UK manufacturer. To celebrate Vauxhall are giving away five Heritage Packs worth £45 consisting of a Vauxhall cap; Vauxhall lapel badge; Vauxhall Velox t-shirt; Corgi Vanguard die-cast model.

This month's pack includes a Carmine Red MK2 Astra 1.6 SR. Featuring uprated suspension, lattice steel-rims, 'Plaid Sport' cloth trim, colour-keyed fleece carpet and a 'grey-foil' lower body the SR offered sporting style for only £6,400.

Draw date - 9th May 2014 (23.59 hrs) and there are five Heritage Packs on offer. See the terms and conditions for prize draw closing dates.

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Win £500 of free fuel

Every month we give away £500 of free fuel to one lucky Vauxhall driver. With fuel prices on the rise, this is a prize draw you can't afford to miss!

The £500 comes pre-loaded on a pre-paid debit card which you can use to buy fuel at any UK petrol station. For your chance to win it, follow the link below. See the terms and conditions for prize draw closing dates.

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Win a Winter Survival Pack

Be prepared during the harsh winter months with the Winter Survival Pack. Worth £20, the pack has everything you need to keep driving, including a high visibility jacket, Autoglym de-icer, mini foldable shovel,ice scraper and mini wind-up torch. Simply enter below for your chance to win.

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Offers

At Vauxhall, we're always coming up with new ideas to make your motoring life easier and more affordable. This is where you'll find all the news of our latest offers.

Vanguards (by Corgi) offer 10% off Vauxhall 1:43 scale models

Corgi presents Vanguards, a series of die-cast 1:43 scale model automobiles spanning half a century of motoring in Britain. Each model carries a detailed, authentic livery and comes complete with a miniature history of the vehicle and its engine performance statistics. The model is presented in a plastic display case and limited edition models come complete with an individually numbered limited edition certificate of authenticity.

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Save money on driving lessons with RED - Britain's most dynamic driving school

If you are a Vauxhall driver and know someone who would benefit from this, register now to get the first 2 lessons for the price of 1, plus up to £5.00 per hour off subsequent block bookings*.

Learning to drive is an important milestone in anyone's life and this Vauxhall special offer will help get friends and family of Vauxhall drivers out on the road with one of the most successful Driving Schools in the UK.

With RED, Learners have a DSA registered driving instructor who will tailor lessons to pass the test and provide the skills to be a safe and confident driver for life. Not only that, RED include assistance with theory training and access to 'Pass Plus' training.

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Get a great discount on Vauxhall accessories

Fancy kitting out your Vauxhall at a very attractive price? Download our voucher and you can get 10% off a vast range of genuine Vauxhall accessories - from floor mats and approved baby-safe seats to cool styling products such as spoilers and alloy wheels.

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Tour the home of the Vauxhall Vivaro

Fancy a backstage look at our Luton plant? Take a guided tour through the home of the Vauxhall Vivaro and witness the production process from assembly to quality-check - with a bit of history thrown in.

If you are a Vauxhall driver you can apply for a place on a tour by registering your interest – please follow the link below. Places are limited, so register today to avoid disappointment.

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Get 50% off your MOT

Give your car an MOT for only £27 at one of our Vauxhall MasterFit Retailers. For details and terms, please check our downloadable discount voucher.

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Upgrade your next holiday

Save up to 15% off airport parking

APH's normal pre-booking rates represent savings of up to 25%, and you and your family receive up to a further 15% discount off standard APH rates at all participating UK airport car parks

With a choice of car parks at all major airports throughout the UK, you can be sure to find the car park that suits your needs. Choose between off-airport car parks for great value and a free transfer service to and from the terminal, or on-airport car parks for greater convenience. Alternatively, upgrade to a meet-and-greet service (available at Edinburgh, Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester and Stansted).

Airport hotels with parking – save 10%

If you have an early morning flight or live a long way from the airport, why not pre-book an airport hotel with parking package and check into a conveniently located airport hotel the night before you fly?

Airport lounges – save 10%

Why not escape the crowded airport terminal and relax in an executive-style airport lounge with complimentary alcoholic and soft drinks, light snacks, newspapers, comfortable seating and televisions to watch?

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Save from 10% up to 60% off hotels and short breaks worldwide

HotelStayUK is unique in providing its members fantastic discounts at hotels across the UK, Europe and worldwide!

HotelStayUK works with major UK and worldwide hotels to provide amazing hotel and short break offers directly to members. Whether it's a room for a night in a vibrant city or a romantic break at a spa hotel, we will find you the right place, in the right location, at the right price.

  • - 25,000 Hotels in the UK and Europe
  • - 35,000 Hotels worldwide in the USA, Canada, Asia, Middle East and Australia.
  • - Hotels in city, town, beach and countryside locations
  • - Fantastic last-minute deals
  • - Discounts with major 3-, 4- and 5-star hotel groups
  • - Group hotel reservations
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Save up to 80% on spectacular events

In addition to the brilliant offers we have for you right now, many more incredible offers and competitions are in the pipeline. Keep checking back – or better yet, register!

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Shopper or adventurer? Discover these money-saving offers

Save 20% and make someone's day with a Virgin Experience Day. With hundreds of exciting experiences to choose from that are suitable for all ages and tastes, there's a Virgin Experience Day for everyone. They make great gifts and now you can save 20% next time you book one.

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Save 7% off a huge selection of holidays

Your Travel Rewards Travel Service is the one-stop-shop for all your travel needs. Look no further when you want to book your next holiday. With access to a huge range of holiday providers, we're sure we've got the one for you (with a guaranteed discount).

Enjoy all these membership benefits:

  • - 7% discount on package holidays from major tour operators (including Thomas Cook, Thomson, First Choice and Virgin Holidays), hotel accommodation, holiday cottages, villas, car hire with Avis, airport parking and airport lounges (5% when booking by telephone)
  • - 5% discount on cruises, city breaks, attraction tickets, camping holidays, coach tours, holiday parks, resort transfers, boat and motor homes (only available when booking by telephone)
  • - discount applied to the total cost of your booking, including all mandatory or optional extras such as surcharges, taxes, supplements, excess baggage charges and in-flight meals
  • - no credit card charges or booking fees
  • - additional special offers
  • - easy search and book via our the Your Travel Rewards website
  • - award-winning call centre.

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Secret Sale

Get up to 70% off famous brands in the Secret Sale. There's a different sale every week: home and garden, sports and leisure, home entertainment and electronics, timepieces and jewellery, bags, fragrances and accessories, all exclusively reduced by up to 70%.

Sales start each Sunday at midnight and finish the following Sunday at midnight.

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Save 10% on UK breaks and hotels

We have teamed up with Superbreak – the UK's number one provider of short breaks – to bring you the perfect selection of getaway ideas. Choose from over 5,000 hotels throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

Superbreak offers all its members exclusive discounts and exceptional value on a wide range of packages that cater to all budgets and tastes.

Take your pick from over 1,700 hotels across the UK for everything from city breaks to rural retreats, from 2-star budget hotels to 5-star luxury. London breaks include a choice of attraction add-ons such as The London Eye, the London Dungeon and many more. You can also get rail-inclusive hotel packages that include return travel from your local mainline station.

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5 MYTHS ABOUT LIVING GREEN

Living green is the latest feel-good way of life that everybody seems to be jumping on board with. But what does it mean to live green. Is it hard to do? Who makes the rules? Depending on whom you believe, a more eco-friendly lifestyle can either seem exciting, empowering and financially enriching -- or depressing, deprived and expensive.

Let's take a look at some of the myths associated with green living and unravel what eco-friendly living really is.

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You should always buy local produce

Many consumers feel that this has climate benefits due to the reduction in transportation. However, travel only accounts for around 4% of the emissions caused by food production. Most of emissions actually occur at the farm itself - Red meat has 18 times the carbon footprint as an equal amount of pasta. Don't quit the local farms just yet, but just be aware of the production method. Fruit and vegetables will incur a smaller carbon footprint then meat, poultry and seafood.

Keeping old appliances is "greener" then buying new

In some cases this is actually true. However, we must still embrace the advances in technology. If you are using a fridge built in the 1970's, you would be using approximately 60% more power than one built in present day. New technology is about doing a lot more with less power. Also, many retailers will take old appliances and recycle them, so it is a win win.

If an appliance is off it is not using power

Up to 10% of your energy bill comes from appliances that you "thought" you had turned off. Dubbed "vampire power," it's the energy a machine keeps using so that it can pop on quickly when you flip the switch. However, pulling out the plug every time you finish watching tv could work out to be a chore. You can use a power strip. (Just beware of overloading too many gadgets and gizmos on the same one.) Then, when you're not using the item, flip the switch on the strip, and you'll know that "off" is really "off."

You must sacrifice to live green

This could not be further from the truth. Ekwurzel says Americans enjoy lifestyles similar to those of Germans and Japanese but use more than twice as much energy per capita. Using more efficient appliances and heating/cooling equipment can help close the gap.

Small changes don't matter

Your wallet can go a long way in helping out the environment - No, we don't mean sending your entire pay packet to a eco-friendly charity. Recent numbers demonstrate that a few smarter buying decisions translate to big changes in the planet. One that's fairly easy: When you buy household paper goods (like paper towels, napkins, toilet paper and copy paper), look for products that use high percentages of recycled or post-consumer waste. We can all play a part in saving the forests.

If everyone in the country elected to buy one package of 100 percent recycled napkins instead of the non-recycled variety, that act alone would save 1 million trees, says Powers.

Wheels of Business

The Spring Issue

The Spring issue

In this edition, we've rounded up fascinating features and helpful information for you and your van. We meet a husband and wife team who have given their company Vivaro Sportive an eye-catching design to get their business noticed. We climb aboard the Movano 4x4 for some all-wheel action, then find out the Movano-based cage tipper is well up to the job. We also give you tips on making sure your van and drivers are up to scratch, and look at the benefits of using Vauxhall Leasing for your driving force.

In this issue…

Stoppage Time

With authorities taking a tougher line on driving infringements, we explain how you can stay safe and within the law.

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Beautiful Relationship

A design company says it loud and clear on their Vivaro Sportive.

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All-Wheel Action

We put the Movano 4x4 to the test and find it's more than up to the task.

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Three of The Best - Torches

We track down three powerful torches that will shed light on any situation.

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On The Road

We stop off at the Blue & White Café on the A20 to see if it's as good as it's cracked up to be.

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Power Players

Ways in which companies can bring down the cost of their energy bills.

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Conversions

The Movano-based caged tipper proves it's just what you need for bulky rubbish.

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Five Asides

England Manager Roy Hodgson ponders the year ahead.

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Money's Too Tight To Mention

Why saving your capital and using funding from Vauxhall Leasing makes sense.

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110 years of Vauxhall

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We celebrate our 110 year history in just 110 seconds, from our first model in 1903 to the present day with the launch of the new Cascada

ASTRA "REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL" AD

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