Viva la Viva! Vauxhall resurrects badge for new city car


Vauxhall's famous Viva nameplate from the late 60s and 70s is to be reborn on a new city car, which will rival the likes of the Volkswagen Up, Skoda Citigo and Ford Ka but cost less than £7,000.
>Auto Express, the weekly motoring magazine, broke the news yesterday alongside some rendered imagery of how the vehicle could look when it goes on sale in spring next year.

Where the original Viva boasted a boxy saloon exterior and an underpowered 1.0-litre engine, the latest model will feature cutting edge styling wrapped up in a compact city car package.

A modern three-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine that develops 89bhp will likely power the upcoming car, which is said to return around 70mpg on the combined cycle and slip under the 100g/km emissions mark.

Chevrolet recently announced that it is stop selling vehicles in the UK, allowing sister company Vauxhall (and Opel in the rest of Europe) to fill the gap that the Spark has left – namely, a cheap and basic everyday city car.

The new Viva is said to be based on the upcoming Spark and manufactured in Korea, but GM's European design team, led by Brit Mark Adams, has worked hard to give the car its own, UK-friendly look.

Styling will be typical Vauxhall fare; with a recognisable chrome grille and large 'Griffin' badge adorning the front end as well as LED daytime running lights to give it a premium feel.

Optional extras will be kept to a minimum in order to keep costs down but models are rumoured to feature the likes of Bluetooth and iPod connectivity as standard.

Practicality is key, so the Viva will boast five doors and plenty of space on the hatchback boot.

Expect to see the model unveiled at next year's Geneva motor show.