NO PLANS, YET: Opel SA says it has no plans of bring the Vauxhall Viva, or better known as the new Karl, to SA yet. Image: Opel
• Viva world premiere, mid-year launch
• Special one-litre, 56kW, EcoTec engine
• Cabin room for five people
• IntelliLink smartphone integration
LUTON, England - Vauxhall’s new five-door, entry-level car, the Viva, will have its world premiere at the 2015 Geneva auto show that will run from March 5-15.
It will be the latest addition to Vauxhall’s (the British arm of Opel) small-car range, which Opel calls the Karl, and will join the new Adam and Corsa supermini.
Sadly, Opel South Africa says the Viva, or Opel's Karl, is one of many options the automaker is likely to consider, however "at this stage there are no concrete plans to bring this vehicle to SA". The automaker adds that it would have to see where the car fits in its portfolio as it would compete directly with the Chevrolet Spark.
With a name that pays homage to the original Viva made from 1963-79, the new Viva shares the original’s philosophy of clean lines, durability and practicality. It is, the automaker says, designed for modern, everyday life and, at 3.68m long, is practical and spacious enough for five people.
After first appearing in the Adam Rocks Air and subsequently in the New Corsa, the Viva is the latest model/brand to feature its new one-litre, three-cylinder, EcoTec engine. This one was tuned for the Viva, the automaker says, to about 58kW and will drive through a five-speed manual transmission.
Like the Adam and Corsa, the Viva is fully-connected through its IntelliLink infotainment system which allows seamless integration of Apple iOS and Android devices.
Tim Tozer, Vauxhall’s chairman and managing director, said: “This new entry-level model is a ‘proper’ small car and will hold great appeal in this rapidly growing sector at an extremely attractive price (not specified).
"The car will join the Corsa and Adam in a compelling small-car portfolio.”