Vauxhall Agila - AGILITY EVENT
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Vauxhall is in the citycar business with help from the Japanese. June Neary tries one for size...
Will It Suit Me?
People are taller and larger than they were just a few decades ago and, it seems our cars have followed suit. Certainly, today's Corsa seems a lot larger than its Nova predecessor or, come to that, Vauxhall's original 1960s Viva which, of course, I'm too young to remember.
Increasing Western influence means the Japanese are getting bigger, too. Yet their crowded cities and draconian parking regulations have long ensured that their car makers are expert at getting quarts into pint pots, producing some amazing, if bizarre looking city cars over the years. Vauxhall's owner, General Motors, also owns a small slice of Suzuki and worked with them to develop the Agila which competes with the Japanese firm's similar Splash model.
With parking and traffic snarls, bus lanes, over-zealous traffic wardens, ludicrously taxed petrol prices and all the other attacks on the UK motorist, it seems we're all going to be forced into smaller cars sooner or later.
If they're all like the Agila, that shouldn't be too painful. Unlike the boxy first generation model (which in 'rouge' looked a bit like Postman Pat's little red van), this incarnation of the baby Vauxhall is a car you can park proudly, holding two adults and two children with ease with enough room for the stuff that goes with shopping, partying commuting or school run trips. For all but holiday travel, it would do me just fine.
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