Vauxhall Viva Is Our Next Chevrolet Spark

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
vauxhall viva is our next chevrolet spark

Take a look at the Vauxhall Viva – or Opel Karl in the rest of Europe. The South Korean-built minicar is very likely to be our next Chevrolet Spark.

With a 1.0L 3-cylinder engine making 75 horsepower, five seats and integration for iOs and Android mobile devices, the Viva is designed to capture former Spark customers (Chevrolet has been axed from Europe) as well those flocking towards the Volkswagen Up! and other A-segment cars. Vauxhall is touting the fact that the Viva will have proper windows that roll up and down, not just pop out, a sign of just how stingy some entrants are in their quest to offer ultra-cheap motoring.

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  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Dec 03, 2014

    I see they've corrected the awful front end, kudos. The model looks less like a clown car, at least from this angle.

  • Turf3 Turf3 on Dec 04, 2014

    Well, I think it looks like a doorstop styled by fourth graders who spend too much time playing with Transformers. Just like most of the other small cars these days. It's a shame that rear visibility will be so abysmal with those weird triangular rear windows. Plus all the electronic doohickeys will fail in a couple of years, be more expensive to fix than the car is worth, thus never get fixed. And power windows in a car so small you can just reach across and roll the window up is silly. Underneath it all is probably a pretty good car. I just wish someone would make that car.

  • Kat Laneaux Wonder if they will be able to be hacked into (the license plates) and then you get pulled over for invalid license plates or better yet, someone steal your car and transpose numbers to show that they are the owners. Just a food for thought.
  • Tassos Government cheese for millionaires, while idiot Joe biden adds trillions to the debt.What a country (IT ONCE WAS!)
  • Tassos screw the fat cat incompetents. Let them rot. No deal.
  • MaintenanceCosts I think if there's one thing we can be sure of given Toyota's recent decisions it's that the strongest version of the next Camry will be a hybrid. Sadly, the buttery V6 is toast.A Camry with the Highlander/Sienna PSD powertrain would be basically competitive in the sedan market, with the slow death of V6 and big-turbo options. But for whatever reason it seems like that powertrain is capacity challenged. Not sure why, as there's nothing exotic in it.A Camry with the Hybrid Max powertrain would be bonkers, easily the fastest thing in segment. It would likewise be easy to build; again, there's nothing exotic in the Hybrid Max powertrain. (And Hybrid Max products don't seem to be all that constrained, so far.)
  • Analoggrotto The readers of TTAC deserve better than a bunch of Kia shills posing as journalists.