The Opel Vectra is a large family car that was engineered and produced by Opel. In the United Kingdom, the car was sold under the Vauxhall marque as the Vauxhall Cavalier and later as the Vauxhall Vectra, from 1995 onwards. It has also been sold byHolden in Australasia as Holden Vectra, and Chevrolet in Latin America as Chevrolet Vectra.

The Vectra was introduced in 1988 as a replacement to the Opel Ascona and itself was replaced in 2008 by the Opel Insignia, the nameplate spanning 20 years and three generations of car. The Vectra was never close to being a class-leader, hailed as little more than a humdrum, white goods family car, dropping the name was a savvy decision by Opel who wanted to banish the Vectra’s dowdy image when launching its replacement, the Insignia. The Vectra was forced to live in the shadow of the critically acclaimed all-rounder that is the Ford Mondeo, which continues to outclass even the Vectra’s replacement.

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