Joining the best-selling Corsa Griffin that launched last year, Vauxhall has expanded its Griffin range to include fully-loaded, high specification Mokka X Plus, Astra and ADAM Griffin Editions.
With its rugged looks, the Mokka X Griffin Plus stands out on the road. But it's not just about stylish design, the Mokka X Griffin Plus is packed with standard features including 19-inch alloy wheels, electronic climate control, rain sensitive windscreen wipers, heated front seats and steering wheel. The Mokka X Griffin Plus is available with either a 1.4-litre Turbo (140PS) petrol or a 1.6-litre CDTi (136PS) diesel engine.
The Astra Griffin makes one of the UK’s best-selling cars even more appealing. An array of standard features make every journey a pleasure including 18-inch bi-colour alloy wheels, a 7-inch colour touchscreen, electronic climate control, auto windscreen wipers, heated front seats and heated steering wheel. Customers can choose between two engines, a 1.4-litre Turbo (150PS) petrol and a 1.6-litre CDTi Start/Stop (136PS) diesel.
The compact ADAM Griffin city car is the perfect car around town. Like all Griffin Editions, it's kitted out with plenty of standard features including sports suspension, cruise control, 17-inch black alloy wheels, a 7-inch colour touchscreen and satellite navigation. The ADAM Griffin is available with a 1.2-litre petrol (70PS) engine.
Completing the Griffin range is the Corsa Griffin. Standard spec includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite navigation, air con, heated front seats and heated steering wheel. Customers can select any of four Corsa Griffin models, either in three or five door body style, with a 1.4-litre petrol engine rated at 75PS or 90PS.
How the Griffin came to represent Vauxhall
The Vauxhall name and its Griffin logo both have a fascinating history. The 12thCentury Plantagenet mercenary, Fulk le Breant, was granted lands by King John and it was his property that became known as Fulk's Hall, then corrupted into Fawkes Hall, later Foxhall and ultimately Vauxhall where the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens were opened in 1661.
In 1857 Alexander Wilson set up a business making marine engines, the Vauxhall Iron Works, named after its location near the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and in 1903 it began manufacturing cars before Vauxhall Motors relocated to Luton in Bedfordshire in 1905.
Vauxhall adopted the Griffin as its logo in 1915. The Chief Engineer and Designer, Laurence H Pomeroy, offered the prize of two guineas for the design of a new symbol. The brief was for a heraldic design and the prize was won by a young apprentice called Harry Varley who proposed the image of a griffin, a mythical creature depicted on the coat of arms of Fulk le Breant, driving a “V” flag into the ground.
Once the Griffin had been selected, the logo itself proceeded to evolve over the years, with the design becoming progressively simpler and more graphic.