Vauxhall Chairman honoured

Vauxhall chairman Bill Parfitt has been awarded the Automotive Achievement Award by the Welsh Motoring Writers group. Nick Reilly, president of GM has also received the Tom Pryce award.

Parfitt was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June this year for services to the automotive industry – Vauxhall has seen three of its models constantly feature in the top ten best-selling vehicles in 2011.

The new Vauxhall Astra, Vauxhall Corsa supermini and the Vauxhall Insignia in saloon, hatch and SW formats have all been strong-sellers in the UK, overseen by Parfitt and Reilly.

Nick Reilly said: “Receiving this prestigious and striking award from Welsh Motoring Writers is an honour, made even more special in a ceremony within a few miles of my birthplace. This weekend with media friends in my home country will find a special place in my memories of a long career in the motor industry”

The all-new Meriva and brand new Zafira Tourer MPVs are also strengthening Vauxhall’s presence in larger sectors, and have been received warmly by the motoring press.

Bill Parfitt said: “I spent my formative business years in the Principality and have consistently championed the industry and its supply chain here. This Welsh award for Automotive Achievement is a distinct and memorable moment in my career”.