As reported on Fleet NewsNet last week, the move was welcomed by fleet managers already extremely enthusiastic about the acclaimed new car.
Vauxhall's announcement deals a serious blow to Volkswagen and Ford ahead of the new Golf and Escort launches later this year. Fleet director Mike Bonner said: 'Reaction from fleet operators and the press has been quite outstanding. We are now pleased to be able to reinforce that positive story with an equally impressive message on pricing.'
Effectively, the 60bhp 1.4 Hi-torq is being replaced by the 75bhp 1.6 8-valve engine, while further up the range, 2.0 versions are being replaced by the new 1.8 litre unit. Two new trim levels - Club and CD - also slot into the line-up, with the latter replacing GLS level.