Vauxhall Viva and Insignia Sports Tourer withdrawn from sale

City car sacked earlier than expected while the brand's biggest owned property disappeared from its website earlier this month

Vauxhall continues to simplify its range with the removal of two models from its line-up: the Viva City Car and the Insignia Sports Tourer executive property.

While the Viva, along with the more expensive, more fashion-focused Adam, was confirmed for release last year, both models were due to continue through the end of this year. But Viva has now disappeared from the British brand's online configurator, so now only one dealer stock remains.

The Insignia Sports Tourer is more surprisingly removed that Vauxhall didn't communicate beforehand. Reports show that buyers in the fleet-heavy property sector are opting for the cheaper but also versatile Astra Sport Tourer, a vehicle that has recently been updated with a more efficient series engine.

The Insignia Country Tourer, a station wagon with harsh off-road treatment and higher ground clearance, was also taken off the market last month due to low sales. Sales of the Insignia as a whole have more than doubled in Europe in recent decades, and the data released so far in 2019 shows the D-segment model is declining further.

Vauxhall, mirroring its European counterpart Opel, is targeting its large sales volume. Now, that includes models such as the Astra, Corsa (which has just entered a new generation), Mocha X (for which a replacement is due next year) and Grandland X.

There is also a greater focus on boosting commercial vehicle sales, with new combos and Vivaro vehicles coming this year.

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