i wish i had this beauty. some of the features it had-
1) cruise control
2) tyre pressure monitoring system
3) front & rear sensors
4) vehicle info display in the centre
5) climate control system
+ TCS + Stability control + ESP + EBFD + CBF (!!!!)
7) electronic sunroof
8) xenon headlights
9) 2.2 engine making 140bhp
10) rear AC vents
Other small things like one touch operation for all power windows, the classy interiors, the refinement, the sublime ride quality, the german build quality, etc.
All this features may seem okay now, but in 2003, this car was the first to introduce all this in the indian market in a price tag of 18L!
even today, many cars in this price & even some mercs dont have some of the above features!
Some strange things in vectra:
1) "Opel chose the Vectra to re-invent the turning indicators. There are no positive clicks left or right. Instead, you simply dab the stalk naturally, the indicator blinks until cancelled - this is the tricky part. To cancel the indicator, you merely prod the indicator in the other direction but you invariably tend to overdo it and start indicating that you're going the other way."
2) "The switchgear pod for the electric mirrors and power windows
is another confusing design. A pair of buttons share the operation of the front and rear windows via a sliding collar switch which has to be set for 'front' or 'rear.' "
i love the vectra! i love opel! OT: coming to that, i figured out that my choices are quite unconventional. i dont like maruti, honda, toyota, RX 100, bullet etc. as is the norm. but i love mahindras & opels! Simply put, i dont like puny cars built with plastic like sheet metal in the name of reducing weight for more FE. i prefer tough outer shells & heavily built cars! i dont care about performance or free revving engine much but i adore a cossetting ride & refinement.