Vauxhall has issued a low-blow to both Ford and Volkswagen, releasing a video of the upcoming new-generation Astra apparently beating its closest rivals around the Millbrook Proving Ground test track in Bedfordshire, England.

The new Astra may indeed be in a league of its own, however with Vauxhall's own BTCC pilot, Fabrizio Giovanardi behind the wheel it is more likely this is an attempt at viral marketing gone amiss.