Vaux­hall's jumbo es­tate

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AS SALES of diesel cars take a knock, Vaux­hall is keep­ing op­tions open with its new In­signia es­tate. The In­signia Sports Tourer, as Vaux­hall is call­ing its stylish load lug­ging new­comer, has an all-new turbo petrol engine in the line up – and it is an im­pres­sive piece of kit.

It may be only 1.5-litres in ca­pac­ity but boosted to 165ps it doesn’t strug­gle to pull all 1.5 tonnes of the lat­est In­signia.

It can even man­age to move the car plus a trailer of up to 1.4 tonnes such is its feisty na­ture.

Like the new In­signia Grand Sport hatch – launched just a few months ago – the Sports Tourer is very much a car of the times and the De­sign Nav mod­els come with full con­nec­tiv­ity, sat nav and in­stant ac­cess to Vaux­hall’s OnS­tar call cen­tre and SOS help desk.

All mod­els have an elec­tronic park­ing brake and cruise con­trol with a speed lim­iter while ex­tras in­clude the In­tel­liLux LED Ma­trix head­light sys­tem that can scythe up to 400 yards through dark­ness with­out daz­zling other road users.

There’s even a full colour head up dis­play unit for the driver – and that’s a gizmo taken straight out of the Amer­i­can Corvette sports car.

At just over 16ft long the Sports Tourer is some four inches longer than the Grand Sport and with a wheel­base of 9ft 3ins is nicely roomy in­side.

Cargo ca­pac­ity is all im­por­tant and the new In­signia is sig­nif­i­cantly big­ger than the model it re­places with max­i­mum space up 135 litres to 1,665 litres.

The load bed is also now more than two me­tres long.

In­side, the In­signia es­tate is nicely ap­pointed with a mod­ern ap­proach to the in­stru­men­ta­tion but most im­por­tantly the In­signia is very com­fort­able, es­pe­cially over long dis­tances.

Sleek styling is a forte of the new In­signia range and the Sports Tourer is a most hand­some es­tate that’s good and prac­ti­cal in ev­ery as­pect – fam­i­lies or busi­ness users who need a car that can carry plenty and is proud to wear a Bri­tish badge have never had it so good.

CHRIS RUSSON UK-BASED Wil­liams Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing has cre­ated a new pod that can safely trans­port new-born in­fants in the case of an emer­gency.

They will be used in In­ten­sive Care Am­bu­lances by Great Or­mond Street Hos­pi­tal en­sur­ing the most pre­cious cargo is kept safe and se­cure.

The Baby­pod 20 was built with high-speed F1 crash safety knowhow, and its light­weight car­bon-fi­bre struc­ture is said to be able to with­stand a 20G im­pact - 20-times the typ­i­cal force of grav­ity.

Craig Wil­liams, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Wil­liams Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing, said: “The par­al­lels be­tween a For­mula One car and trans­port de­vice for ba­bies may not be im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent, but both de­mand a light­weight and strong struc­ture that keeps the oc­cu­pant safe in the event of an ac­ci­dent, and can mon­i­tor vi­tal signs whilst re­main­ing eas­ily trans­portable and ac­ces­si­ble.”

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