Vauxhall To Launch New City Car
The New Vauxhall Viva will cost £7,995 to £9,495 when launched in the UK in summer 2015, its manufacturer has confirmed. The Viva is a small, city class, vehicle that complements the similar size Vauxhall Adam and the larger, supermini class, Corsa. It has 5 doors, a hatchback-style boot and comes with either 4 or 5 seats.
The New Viva is the latest model in the manufacturer's range to incorporate its “precise design philosophy”, Vauxhall says. Each side has “3 strong feature lines”, 1 of which runs through the lower part of the doors. Others slice through the door handles.
The Vauxhall Viva – in every form – has a wide range of safety features. Highlights include: traction control that minimises wheel spin while accelerating, a tyre pressure monitor that warns the motorist there might be a puncture, anti-lock brakes that reduce skidding, and the electronic stability programme that helps maintain a safe line through corners. It also has a lane departure
warning system that alerts the driver if the car wanders offline.
New Viva trims are: SE, SE Air, SE ecoFLEX and SL.
The SE is powered by a 1.0-litre, 75PS, petrol engine that is teamed with 5-speed manual transmission. It averages 62.8mpg and emits carbon at the rate of 104g/km. Standard equipment includes: power steering, electric front windows, cruise control, powered mirrors, front fog lights and a multi-function trip computer.
The SE Air - as the name suggests – has air-conditioning too.
SE ecoFLEX Trim
The SE ecoFLEX, in contrast, is slightly more environmentally efficient than its siblings. It returns 65.7mpg and emissions are 99g/km. As the latter is below 100g/km it can be taxed for free. Efficiency enhancements come courtesy of the front lip spoiler, extended rear spoiler and “ultra-low” rolling resistance tyres.
SL is the top of the range trim. It shares the SE's 1.0-litre petrol engine, but not the SE ecoFLEX's efficiency enhancements.
Extras include: climate control, USB audio connection, Bluetooth music streaming, Bluetooth mobile phone portal, 6 speakers, leather steering wheel, tinted rear windows and the 15-inch alloy wheels.
The Vauxhall Viva pays homage to its namesake that was produced between 1963 and 1979. The manufacturer claims it shares the original’s philosophy of clean lines, durability and practicality.
Vauxhall Chairman and Managing Director, Tim Tozer, said: “Short, crisp and full of character, Vauxhall’s new entry-level model is a proper small car and will hold great appeal in this rapidly growing sector”.