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7 Reasons Why the Vauxhall Insignia is the Fastest Selling Car in London

7 Reasons Why the Vauxhall Insignia is the Fastest Selling Car in London

People have a love affair with their cars. They give them names, talk to them as if they are real people and spend more time with them than most of their family members.

But you may be surprised to learn that London’s fastest selling car is…the Vauxhall Insignia? That’s right. So why are people so attracted to this relatively new entry to the market?

Here are seven reasons:

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1. Vroom, Vroom.

You can select from any number of engines, such as the efficient 138bhp Ecoflex diesel and the 1.4-litre turbo. Environmentally conscious people pick the Ecoflex while the petrols go for the big engine and power. Ecoflex is a strong mid-range, so there’s no need to rev it hard to make decent progress, but it can feel a little flat at low revs compared with the best rivals. Besides these two engines, the Insignia offers a mighty 321bhp 2.8-litre V6 in the sporty VXR model. A happy medium between the two would be the 118bhp 2.0-litre CDTi diesel engine that returns a combined economy of 76.3mpl and has CO2 emissions of 98g/km. If you need a fraction more power, a 138bhp version of the 2.0-litre diesel is also available and will be the engine of choice for most buyers.

2. Stability Is Popular

Cars with large wheels catch the grooves in the road and make drivers nervous or uncomfortable while driving. The Insignia feels much more stable and composed on 16-inch wheels. The ride is generally comfortable, too, and the Insignia doesn’t feel overly sloppy on B-roads although it isn’t as agile as a Ford Mondeo or Skoda Octavia. The 2013 changes to the chassis and steering calibration give it a more direct feel. The re-designed rear suspension improves road comfort. These small changes have done a lot to convince people to buy it.

3. Environmentally Friendly Option Is Available

The Ecoflex diesel versions produces the lowest CO2 emissions in the class. This appeals to companies who have fleets and people who want to do their part for the environment. (However, it’s good to know that all models suffer from heavy depreciation and huge discounts are available to private buyers.)

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4. Interior Functions Well

You get a smart cabin that feels like it’s built to last, although the optional digital instruments are best avoided because they reflect in the windscreen at night. Customers love the feel of the car’s interior. Besides the interior, the Insignia offers a list of trim options starting with entry level design. The mid-range Insignia SRi is also popular while the range-topping Elite comes packed with a kit including such extras as 18-inch alloys, leather trim and dual-zone climate control.

5. Safety Rules

With the Vauxhall, you can expect six air bags and stability control. (Note: You don’t get driver’s knee airbag or rear side air bags.) Like most key rivals, the Insignia received five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests.

Meanwhile, Thatcham awarded the Insignia five stars for resisting drive away theft and four of five for resisting forced entry.

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6. Touch and Continue

The cars come equipped with a large touch-screen, through which you control the stereo and your phone. It’s easy to move between this system’s various menus. Although dragging your finger while driving presents clear potential problems, Vauxhall realises this and also provides voice control, a scroll knob and a laptop-style touch pad.

7. Cost Matters

The cheapest version of the Insignia, labeled “Design”, is pretty well-equipped, getting Bluetooth, a digital radio, USB and aux-in sockets, cruise control and electric four-way lumbar adjustment on the driver’s seat. (You have to spend extra if you want electric rear windows and parking sensors.)

What Will Next Generations Look Like?

When General Motors launches its next version (expected in a year and a half), it will be a global car and will be sold under the Vauxhall, Opel and Buick badges across Europe, the United States and China. The biggest differences in what will be the second-generation Insignia are expected to be: a small stretch in the car’s wheelbase, changes in the styling and a swooping roof line. This new design will increase rear space and make it easier to access the rear cabin, also providing a bigger boot.  A new tailgate design with redesigned taillight clusters should help to ensure that the car has a deeper, wider and taller boot than earlier versions.

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Under the skin, the Insignia is based on a moderately updated version of GM’s familiar Epsilon 2 architecture. In European markets, the most important engine upgrades will be the debut of the new 1.6-litre CDTi diesel in the Insignia, which will replace today’s 2.0-litre CDTi unit. With a newly engineered installation, GM will try for best-in-class refinement for the diesel Insignias. The new 1.6-litre CDTi engine will be offered in a range of outputs, starting at 136bhp and rising to around 170bhp. Today’s Insignia is already available with GM’s new 1.6-litre SIDI turbocharged petrol engine in 168bhp form. This engine will also be offered in two lower-powered versions.

Featured photo credit: Why Vauxhall Insignia is Fastest Selling Car in London via redpotato.co.uk

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How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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