About Vauxhall - Vauxhall & Opel
From the 1980s onwards, Vauxhall cars have simply been badge engineered versions of the Opel model range intended for the UK market. Prior to this, Vauxhall had its own independent range of cars that were popular not only in the UK, but also in various markets around the world.
The first Vauxhall car was produced in 1903 in Vauxhall, London. The company moved production to Luton in Bedfordshire in 1905, which is still the home of Vauxhall Motors. Prior to being purchased by General Motors in 1925, Vauxhall specialised in luxury and sporting models and had significant competition success.
After the purchase of Vauxhall by GM a renewed focus was brought to bear on keeping the cost of manufacture low. New cheaper models like the Vauxhall Cadet were launched, helping to expand the marque's popularity during the 1930s. GM also bought Opel in 1929, a decision which would hugely impact on Vauxhall's future.
Postwar, Vauxhall produced big selling cars like the Victor series and the smaller Viva. These lines continued up until the end of the 1970s when the likes of the Vauxhall Chevette, which was essentially a restyled Opel Kadett, and the original Cavalier, a mildly reworked Opel Ascona, were introduced.
The Opel-based Vauxhall Nova, Astra and Cavalier were all big sellers from the 1980s up to the present day. These cars have gone through several generations with the Nova being rebadged as the Corsa to match the German car in 1993 and the Cavalier being similarly rebadged as the Vectra in 1995.