New Opel Karl and Vauxhall Viva Affordable City Cars Unveiled [34 Pics]

GM’s European arms Opel and Vauxhall have released the first photos of their otherwise identical Karl and Viva city cars.

The two models will make their world premiere at the 2015 Geneva show in March and go on sale shortly after.

Opel’s version is named after one of the company founder’s sons, while the UK version revives Vauxhall’s Viva name for the first time since the original ended production in 1979.

North America and possibly other markets as well, will get GM’s new city car in the form of the next generation Chevrolet Spark with a modified appearance.

The Karl and Viva are positioned at the bottom of Opel and Vauxhall’s passenger car range, below  the Adam, and are expected to start under €10,000 in Europe or about £7,500 in the UK, which would position them against the Fiat Panda, Kia Picanto, Hyundai i10 and VW Up!.

GM’s new mini is 3,680mm (144.9 in) long, making it slightly shorter than the Adam (3,700mm) and a lot smaller than the new Corsa (4,000mm), though the automaker claims that it offers enough room for five passengers.

It’s expected to weigh about 900 kg (1,984 lbs) with power coming exclusively from a newly developed 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine delivering 75PS (74hp).

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  • Tinky-Winky

    Subaru Impreza headlights and Kia Picanto tail lights.

    • NoFear

      No, looks like Opel Corsa D headlights and Opel Mokka tail lights.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Those bodysides have a lot of swoopy styling elements for swoopy styling’s sake. I think I’d just as soon have the Spark. At least, it’s not trying too hard.

    • Lloyd Seaton

      I suspect those “swoopy styling elements” also help to stiffen the relevant body panels.

  • MJ Coffey

    Looks like a nice little city car to me. Good work, Opel.

  • Whole lotta Suzuki goin’ on! 🙂

  • Toss

    Few years ago Kia/Hyundai set the target on Opel/VW/Ford. Now Opel looks like a KIA/Hyundai. What to believe?

  • enochgabriel

    I am 101% sure this will be the new Chevy spark.

  • rod prynne

    practical but yet another dreary looking Opel.. and the multiple crease lines on the side are horrendous! If only they could learn to do elegant simplicity the way VW does so well…

  • Christian

    They should put a Turbo on that littel 1,0 engien, and PLEASE OPEL! Come with an OPC version, with the 1,4 Turbo engien!

  • fabri99

    Welcome back to 2006…

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