Vauxhall was formed in 1857 as a pump and marine engine manufacturer and didn't start to manufacture cars until 1903. In 1925 the company was acquired by General Motors and in that same year the first GM Vauxhall was produced, a short wheelbase 21HP model.
The 1930's saw Vauxhall's production increase with models such as the 6 cylinder Cadet which along with its smooth engine included a leather interior and by 1932 synchromesh gears.
1938 saw Vauxhall achieve a notable automotive milestone with the introduction of the Ten-Four which was the first British car with unitary construction. In addition it also offered torsion beam suspension and hydraulic brakes.
It wasn't until 1948 that the first post war Vauxhalls took shape with the 6 cylinder Velox and the 4 cylinder Wyvem both of which shared a common body shell.
1963 saw the launch of the Vauxhall Viva which at the time was the smallest car Vauxhall had made and despite its small 1057cc engine the Viva proved a success being cheap to run and reliable. Production of the Viva lasted until 1979 after a production run of 640000 units.
The Vauxhall Cavalier was one of the most successful cars Vauxhall has made. Launched in 1975 the Cavalier became one of Britain's best selling cars and had a production life that last 20 years.
1980 saw the launch of the Vauxhall Astra which was the company's first ever vehicle with a transverse engine and front wheel drive. Such has been the success of the Astra that through many variants the car is still being made today.
2008 saw the launch of the Vauxhall Insignia which replaced the Vectra and started a new design philosophy which has been followed on other models including the Astra's, Zafira Tourer and the Meriva.