It’s impossible to consider the arrival of the all-new Insignia without briefly reflecting on the tribulations of Vauxhall and its parent, Opel.
The latest model is, after all, a significant cog in a global machine – designed and developed in Europe yet also sold in North America and China as the Buick Regal.
Consequently, its lifecycle is likely to be defined by the upheaval of a brand in flux, as new owner PSA Group asserts control over its unwieldy acquisition from General Motors and eventually gets around to segregating asset from redundancy.
In that light, it’s quite possible to view the Insignia as a considerable virtue of the procurement.
Imperfect though the outgoing version was, it finished a stronger prospect than it started in the UK and proved a considerable success even when faced with the oft-mentioned squeeze of this class, the D-segment, from all sides.
Certainly, it overshadowed the comparatively puny impact made by PSA’s own contenders and counted only the likes of the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat as direct rivals in terms of size and prominence.