Insignia Sports Tourer demonstrates its talents

The Vauxhall Insignia Sport Tourer is an extremely versatile car. Not only is it, along with the saloon versions, consistently in the top ten selling cars in the UK in 2011, it is also popular with Motability customers.

There was a particularly fine example of this today, when Help for Heroes Ambassador Private Derek Derenalagi took delivery of a special Insignia Sports Tourer.

Derenalagi lost both legs in an explosion while serving in Afghanistan and is currently training to compete in next summer’s Paralympics in London, where he will compete in the shot put, discus and javelin.

Hayley Ingram said: "I’m very proud to hand the Insignia over to Derek, he’s an inspiration to us all. Vauxhall is delighted to support those men and women who, like Derek, have given so much for their country."

And Derek couldn’t have chosen a better car, because the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer was recently voted Family Estate Car of the Year by Parkers in its New Car Awards.

What makes this victory even more flattering is Parkers’ New Car Awards are based on facts, powered by their ‘cost of motoring tool.’ Launched at the beginning of the year, the tool identifies the true costs of servicing, VED, fuel consumption and deprecation.

With motorists feeling the pinch, customers are more value-conscious than ever before and the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer ecoFLEX offers stylish looks coupled with value-for-money.

Kieren Puffet, Editor of Parkers said: "The Vauxhall Insignia won the Parkers’ New Car Awards 2011 Family Estate category because it is a stylish estate, exudes quality and comes with many practical features to please owners. What really impresses is that it proves delivering on a big, spacious estate doesn’t have to mean expensive bills."

With an average fuel consumption of just 55.4mpg combined, the Insignia Sports Tourer ecoFLEX can save families money on fuel when costs at the pump are at an all time high.

The Parkers award will stand proudly next to the 2009 European Car of the Year award, that the Insignia won for its design, quality and technical innovation. The jury members were impressed by the richness of equipment, including FlexRide suspension and Adaptive-Forward Lighting.

With some 40 other awards bestowed upon it, it’s no surprise that UK buyers made the Insignia the best-selling mid-size car soon after its launch in what is Europe’s biggest single market for the model.