Luton:  The original ‘Vauxhall long-termer’, PR man, Simon Hucknall, is leaving the company at the end of January to pursue other opportunities within the automotive media industry.

A PR veteran, who started his career as a journalist with Autocar magazine 23 years ago, Simon joined Vauxhall press office from Bentley Motors at the start of 2008, when he played a key role in launching the first generation Insignia, which was awarded European Car of the Year for 2009.

In the 13 years since, Simon’s love of pushing the envelope (for products and journalists) resulted in press launches which always bucked trends, and helped move perception of the brand. Whether it was driving century-old Vauxhalls across the Alps, competing in VXRs at Shelsley Walsh, driving electric cars through the Channel Tunnel or setting new Land Speed Records in an Astra, Simon’s drive for colourful stories knew no bounds.

‘My thanks to all in the Vauxhall family for their support and encouragement during my time in communications,’ he said. ‘There have been many highs in the last 13 years, and I feel honoured to have played a small role in the incredible journey the company has made – and is still making.’

Jeremy Townsend, Communications Director, said: ‘On behalf of Vauxhall Motors, we want to thank Simon sincerely for all his efforts and we wish him every success in his future endeavours, which will keep him firmly rooted in motor industry PR.’

Simon’s replacement as Head of PR will be announced in due course.