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2007-05-15 07:48
Opel has shown its MPV clout with the convincing Meriva and Zafira, but now its ready to take on the "little people" with the arrival of its petite Agila.

Aimed squarely at active urban women, Agila is a compact five-seater with a high seating arrangement, elevated gearshift and a rear bench that can be tumbled forward to free up some space at the rear and provide a flat load bed.

Its interior is awash with bright colours, is littered with oddment bins and has height adjustable front seats, adjustable steering wheel with remote controls, a 60:40 split rear bench and additional storage space beneath the flat boot floor.

Agila is equipped with four airbags, and optional ESP and head curtain airbags.

The car rides on a new platform that according to Opel has been developed for "agile handling" and uses a semi-independent rear suspension.

Two new engines, a petrol 1.2 and 1.3 turbodiesel with common-rail direct injection, will be offered.

The Agila will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The car will not be offered in South Africa.

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