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2015 Vauxhall Viva budget city car confirmed

  • Dacia rival due in mid-2015
  • Pricing around Β£8000
  • On sale summer 2015
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The Vauxhall Viva will be launched in mid-2015, the British brand has confirmed.

The low-cost four- or five-seat city car has been revealed in a teaser image, and Vauxhall has confirmed that it will revive the Viva name, last seen in the UK in 1979.

Vauxhall describes the Viva as 'an all-new five-door entry-level model'. It will sit below the Vauxhall Adam and Vauxhall Corsa in the firm’s line-up.

Power for the new car is likely to come from the current Adam engines. That means 1.2 and 1.4-litre petrol motors, as well as the new 1.0-litre turbocharged engine which is available in the Adam from this month. That engine is available in 89bhp and 113bhp forms. Likewise, trim levels are expected to be comparable with those available on the Corsa.

The new Viva is expected to be unveiled at the 2015 Geneva motor show, before arriving in showrooms next summer.

Although the car will sit at the bottom end of Vauxhall’s price scale, it is not expected to be a rival for Dacia's Β£6000 Sandero (the cheapest model sells in relatively small numbers). Instead it's likely to target the middle of the Sandero range, with a starting price of around Β£8000.