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Opel Vectra B
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Opel Vectra/Vauxhall Vectra/Chevrolet Vectra/Holden Vectra. 1995–2002 (prod. n/a). 4- and 5-door saloon, 5-door estate. F/F, 1598, 1796, 1998, 2189 cm³ (I4 DOHC); 1700, 1995, 2172 cm³ diesel (I4 OHC), 2597 cm³ (V6 DOHC). Follows original in idea, but bigger body, more muscular, German design cues. Pre-1999 models can be troublesome to repair, reliability glitches. Considered dull with understeering tendencies and criticized in UK by Top Gear TV show. Mid-life refresh 1999, sorting out many issues but not understeer; still considered less than reliable. Australian models with 2·2-litre base engine better balanced. Caravan (estate) added as part of range for first time. Sold variously as Chevrolet Vectra (South America and Mexico), Vauxhall Vectra (UK) and Holden Vectra (Australasia).

Manufacturing locations: Rüsselsheim, Germany; Luton, England; Elizabeth, South Australia, Australia; São Paulo, Brazil; Cairo, Egypt

Marque: Opel | Model: Opel Vectra | Predecessors: Holden Apollo (1993–7), Opel Vectra A | Successors: Opel Vectra C, Chevrolet Vectra (2005–11)

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