Vauxhall is to launch a city car, based on a heavily updated version of the Chevrolet Spark’s platform. Set to go on sale in late 2015, it will cost from less than £7000 and is intended to take on the likes of the Seat Mii and new Toyota Aygo.
Expect styling to be influenced by the 2013 Opel Monza concept, shown at Frankfurt motorshow. The Monza suggests a more aggressive design language for the company, but the city car will look distinctly different to other Vauxhall models, as vice president of Vauxhall design, Mark Adams, stated that 'we really don’t want to go down the route of design cloning.'
The new city car will replace the Vauxhall Agila, but is unlikely to keep the name. Company sources revealed that the name Viva - previously used for a Vauxhall compact saloon in the '60s and '70s - had been suggested for the car, and had been received well in market research.