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RÖHRL INTO LIFE

Ger­man rally leg­end, Wal­ter Röhrl, is the last com­peti­tor to win the WRC in a rear-wheel drive car, which he did in a Roth­mans-liv­er­ied Opel As­cona 400 in 1982 fol­low­ing years cam­paign­ing Com­modores and Kadetts. He re­turns to the hot seat at the end of the month for the Ti­tanic Déjà vu Ul­ster, a “rally re­union ex­trav­a­ganza” buzzing with old-school rally cars and fa­mous driv­ers. Visit rpm-motorsport.com.

PROF­ITS UP!

PSA Group’s own­er­ship of Vauxhall is al­ready work­ing won­ders for our favourite brand. An­nual re­sults show £448m op­er­at­ing prof­its in the first half of 2018 com­pared to a loss of £196m un­der GM rule in 2016 (Vauxhall’s last full year un­der the Amer­i­can car gi­ant’s own­er­ship). The pop­u­lar­ity of new mod­els, in­clud­ing the lat­est In­signia and Grand­land X, have con­trib­uted to mak­ing Vauxhall and Opel prof­itable for the first time in twenty years. Long may it con­tinue!

ONE VI­SION

Vauxhall has re­vealed a first glimpse of a brand con­cept for the mid-2020s. Em­brac­ing its core value (Bri­tish, in­ge­nious, pro­gres­sive and ap­proach­able), it’s hoped the de­sign will pro­vide a tem­plate for all fu­ture Vauxhall and Opel pro­duc­tion cars. Cues in the con­cept’s ap­pear­ance come from Vauxhall’s re­cent GT Con­cept, which we fea­tured in the April/May 2017 edi­tion of

Per­for­mance Vauxhall. Or­der a back is­sue at bit.ly/is­sue­spv and look out for fur­ther up­dates on our Face­book page.

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