Warranty covers new vehicles up to 100,000 miles (160,000 km) and requires a yearly inspection.

British brand Vauxhall is standing behind the quality of its vehicles and now offering an unprecedented lifetime warranty on all new cars.

The Vauxhall Lifetime Warranty is now in effect on any new Vauxhall registered from August 1, 2010 onward. The warranty covers the life of the car up to 100,000 miles (160,000 km) for its first owner, although it requires a (free) yearly inspection. Vauxhall is also working on a plan for the warranty to be transferable to a second owner for a fee.

"With the [lifetime warranty], we are making a strong statement of confidence in the quality of our products," said Vauxhall Motor's U.K. Managing Director Duncan Aldred in a company press release.

The warranty will cover all major systems on the car including powertrain, brake, steering and electrical components.

A great enticement for prospective Vauxhall buyers in the U.K., no doubt, but what about the rest of Europe? Naturally, (identical twin) sister brand Opel will follow suit?

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