Stay Safe and Drive Smart With FG Barnes Vauxhall

According to recent research, there were more car breakdowns on motorways and major routes in the last year than there have been for half a decade*, with a 15 per cent rise year-on-year.

To help keep drivers in Maidstone and Guildford safe on the road, local Vauxhall retailer, FG Barnes, is launching VauxhallConnect, an innovative network service that offers emergency calling, live navigation and remote control features.

Available on all new Vauxhall vehicles fitted with the Navi system at FG Barnes from October, the service can report a breakdown call, connect drivers to the Vauxhall mobility service, and pass on key information, such as the location, along with vehicle diagnostics data.

Additionally, the VauxhallConnect service plays an important role if motorists in Maidstone and Guildford are involved in an accident. If the airbags or seatbelt tensioners are deployed, an emergency call is automatically made from the service. If there is no answer, it sends details of the accident to the rescue services, including the time and place of the call, as well as the direction of travel. An emergency call can also be made by pressing the red SOS button.

VauxhallConnect also gives Vauxhall customers in Maidstone and Guildford the chance to get a head start on the road, with live navigation information displayed via the colour touchscreen for beating traffic jams**. This includes producing real-time traffic data to detect and avoid delays, as well as alternative route suggestions.

Bala Waran, Operations Director at FG Barnes, comments: “Here at FG Barnes Vauxhall, we want to ensure that our customers are as safe on the road as possible, which is why we’re proud to offer the VauxhallConnect service. With a range of innovative features, the new system can aid drivers in a wide range of situations – from simply skipping the traffic jam on their commute to work, to sending the rescue services in an emergency.

“If you’re interested in finding out more, we’d like to encourage everyone to visit us at FG Barnes and take a closer look at what VauxhallConnect can do for you.”

VauxhallConnect will be available as an optional extra on all Vauxhall models available at FG Barnes Vauxhall, and is included as standard on Vauxhall models equipped with Multimedia Nav and Multimedia Nav Pro infotainment systems, and on the Corsa-e and Grandland X Hybrid4.

For more information on the VauxhallConnect service, or any vehicles in the Vauxhall range, please visit FG Barnes at FG Barnes Vauxhall, Bircholt Road, Maidstone, ME15 9YF or FG Barnes Vauxhall, Moorfield Road, Guildford, GU1 1RT. Alternatively, go online to or call 01622 238258 (Maidstone) or 01483 885885 (Guildford).